Holiday Shopping Yields More Local Jobs

By: Lauren Zakalik
By: Lauren Zakalik

The employees at Target in south Lansing weren't intimidated by the line that formed before dawn on Black Friday; they had already beefed up their staff for the holiday season.

"Planning for hiring begins back in July," says Stephanie Coyle, one of the managers. "We start hiring seasonal employees in October and we continue hiring through December."

Coyle says the holiday season is a great time for Michigan jobs.

"Nationwide, Target hires 50,000 to 80,000 employees [for the holidays]. That breaks down to about 50 to 80 employees per store."

Over at Kohl's in Delta Township, the hiring story is similar.

"Roughly we bring on 40 to 50 people and there's a good chance we keep quite a few of them after the holiday season," says assistant store manager Alex Roe.

The holiday season is often a financially difficult time for Americans, and with Michigan's unemployment rate among the worst in the nation, these additional jobs will not only help the stores run smoothly-- they'll boost people's finances, too. Coyle says the seasonal jobs are popular for people who need a second job or are looking to save for gifts. And both Target and Kohl's are still hiring for a range of positions, from cashier to back-room stocking.

Both Coyle and Roe say there's major potential for these seasonal employees to be hired on permanently.

"The seasonal employees really make a big difference going into the holiday season," says Coyle, "and a lot of those employees actually stay on with us after the holiday season."

So if finding a job is on the shopping list this year, some shoppers may be in luck.

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