The Tectonic Shift In Retail Is Shaking Up How Stores Hire Seasonal Workers

by MR Magazine Staff

Big retailers are set to hire some 790,000 seasonal workers this year, marking the second year of major growth after several years of stagnation, according to data from outsourcing firm Challenger, Gray and Christmas and CNBC. The process started months ago and continues for many in this tight labor market. Still, the shift to e-commerce means fewer jobs. Nonsupervisory retail jobs shrank by about 23,000 in the past 12 months, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. Retail jobs increased by 1.4% over the same period. Much of that growth is due to Amazon, which said it would hire 200,000 seasonal employees this year, double the number in 2018. Traditional retailers like Macy’s and Kohl’s said they plan to hire 80,000 and 90,000 workers, respectively. Read more at CNBC.