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Retail Seasonal Hiring Trending Up, According To CareerBuilder's Annual Forecast

CHICAGO, Oct. 25, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- Retailers are stocking their stores with more than just merchandise going into the holiday season - they are also adding more seasonal help, according to a nationwide CareerBuilder survey. Thirty-six percent of retailers plan to have extra hands on deck around the holidays, a healthy jump from 29 percent in 2011. The survey was conducted by Harris Interactive©  among more than 2,400 employers between August 13 and September 6, 2012.

While seasonal hiring is expected across the entire country, the five cities with the largest economies and plans to hire include:
  1. Los Angeles – 22 percent of employers plan to hire season help, 40 percent plan to transition them to full-time positions
  2. New York – 16 percent of employers plan to hire season help, 35 percent plan to transition them to full-time positions
  3. Atlanta – 15 percent of employers plan to hire season help, 31 percent plan to transition them to full-time positions
  4. Philadelphia – 14 percent of employers plan to hire season help, 36 percent plan to transition them to full-time positions
  5. Chicago – 13 percent of employers plan to hire season help, 31 percent plan to transition them to full-time positions

"An increase in consumer confidence is helping to fuel the best seasonal hiring the U.S. has seen in recent years," said Matt Ferguson, CEO of CareerBuilder. "While the bulk of seasonal recruitment falls within the retail space, companies across industries are hiring for a wide range of positions to support their business operations as they wrap up the year."

When looking at functional areas within an office or store, popular areas for recruitment this holiday season include:

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