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Holiday Hiring at 14 Year High

Reported by: Melanie Kendall
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Updated: 11/19/2013 11:30 pm

Seasonal hiring is the strongest it’s been in the past 14 years.  

“Those four weekends in between thanksgiving and Christmas we're going to be super busy and we need all the help we can get,” said Travis Farmer, executive team leader of human resources at Target in Hamburg.

According to a report by Challenger, Gray and Christmas, Inc. seasonal hiring is off to its strongest start in more than a decade.  Retail employment grew by nearly 160,000 jobs nationwide during October, the most new-hires in the first month of holiday hiring since 1999.

“We're averaging between five and eight applicants a day coming into our applicant pool which is absolutely great,” said Farmer.

The Kentucky Career Center says it still helps between 200-300 people everyday.

“Of course folks are really wanting something long-term if they're unemployed,” said Jeanne Scott, Manager at the Central Kentucky Job Center.

She said a seasonal job could still be beneficial for people looking for full-time work.

“You never know who you're going to meet, what skills your going to pick up, a positive mental framework that you put yourself back in, that you're doing something,” said Scott.

Farmer says about half of Targets team members started out as seasonal employees.  Target is only about half way to its hiring goal for this season.

International Crankshaft is expanding in Georgetown.  The News Graphic says the auto supplier is adding a new building and 36 jobs.

Groupon has opened a warehouse in Hebron, which means 115 jobs.

The Aldi grocery store chain want sto hire 150 workers for its Lexington store.  The company plans a job fair Wednesday from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Aldi on Rojay Drive.

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