’Tis the season, once again, for fewer holiday jobs.
Lindsey England is among a select few who will have a job this holiday season
The Lakewood Ranch High senior landed a cashier position at Crowder’s Gifts and Gadgets despite projections that seasonal work will be tough to find again this year.
"It was hard trying to find a job," said England, 17. "No place is hiring and if they were, they weren't willing to offer the hours I needed."
A SnagAJob.com survey projects managers on average will hire 16 percent fewer workers than last year.
Meanwhile, the Philadelphia-based consulting firm Hay Group polled the top 25 U.S. retailers including Best Buy, Target, Saks Fifth Avenue and American Eagle Outfitters to find that they will hire between 5 and 25 percent fewer seasonal workers this year.
"Retailers are planning for a challenging Christmas season, and to avoid the massive markdowns they had to take last year, they have reduced inventory and staffing levels to control costs," said Craig Rowley, vice president for Hay Group's retail division.
That doesn't bode well for the 18,132 unemployed Manatee County residents who make up the area's 12.7 percent unemployment rate.
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