Local stores begin holiday hiring spree

Looking at the calendar, the holiday shopping season might seem far away. However, stores across the country are already preparing for the holidays by announcing the opening of hundreds of thousands of jobs.

Retailers say they need to start hiring and training people now, and those looking for work tell us they are ready to send in their applications.

While stores are setting up for the holidays, Kenzie Mayo is on the job hunt for her second job.

"Something to help as far as getting Christmas gifts and things like that," says Mayo.

The single mother works part time in home health but still has trouble making ends meet.

"I'm doing the best I can, and she's my world,  so that's why I would like to get a second job."

Mayo is not alone. 11.5 percent of the Southeast Texas job force is out of work. A number labor analysts hope will soon go down since stores across the country are preparing for the holiday hiring spree.

Texas Workforce Solutions expects hundreds of jobs to open up locally to accommodate holiday shoppers, spanning from retail department stores to restaurants.

Although temporary, job seekers like Brean Chatman are optimistic.

"If they hire you temporarily, and they feel like you could be an asset to their company then maybe you'll have a permanent job in the long run," says Chatman.

Mayo says for her, a temporary job will mean big changes.

"That would change my life a lot because it would help with the finances of everything as far as bills and things going up," says Mayo.

Many of the department stores in Beaumont like Sears, Macy's and Target say they've already interviewed and hired some holiday workers. Who they expect to keep on until mid to late Jan.



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