Sales Look Promising, Not Jobs

Oct 02, 2003
George Anderson

By George Anderson

Don’t look for retail hiring to go up significantly this holiday season, even if the industry achieves the nearly six percent year over year growth it is expecting, says the
outplacement firm Challenger, Gray & Christmas.

The Newark (NJ) Star Ledger reports employers may not be hiring as much seasonal help this year due to a combination of current employees working longer hours and operational
efficiency gains being made by retailers.

Challenger, Gray & Christmas are looking for retailer hiring to be only moderately higher than in 2002.

Moderator’s Comment: What are your thoughts on the retail job market?

The economic recovery, we’ve been told is taking place, will be short-lived if it continues to be a jobless one. [George
Anderson – Moderator

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