Brisk holiday shopping this year will mean more employment

Washington retailers will hire more than 12,700 seasonal workers for the holiday shopping season this year.

That compares with 10,542 last year. The bulk of the seasonal hiring will be in general merchandise stores.  

“Seasonal retail hiring across the state is expected to rebound this year after declining the past two years” said  State employment economist Paul Turek. 

He said “healthy wage growth amidst an improving employment situation should help raise holiday sales”.  Benton, Franklin and Yakima counties expect to see a spike in hiring between now and December.

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