Holiday Job-Seekers Face Lots Of Competition

It was just a year ago that managers at some retailers were having to scramble to find enough holiday workers.

This year, they're turning people away in droves.

Only one person out of every 45 who apply is being hired by department store operator Bealls Outlet Stores.

A California 7-Eleven store received more than 100 applications
in a week and a half, for jobs that pay $8.50 an hour.

Who are these jobseekers? They're not the teens or stay-at-home
moms who are usually looking to make some extra cash around the
holidays. This time, there are a lot of people who have been laid
off in other sectors of the economy, and are desperate for a way to
pay the bills.

But they're applying for work in an industry that itself is drastically cutting back on holiday hiring because of the drop-off in consumer spending.

A Michigan woman -- who was laid off along with her husband from
an automotive industry job -- has been applying for part-time jobs
at Toys 'R' Us, Home Depot and Lowes. Kimberly Caparo says she
thought it would be "pretty easy" -- but, in her words, "there
are thousands of us going for the same thing."


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  • by Tiff Location: LaGrange on Nov 12, 2008 at 01:05 PM
    Wow, I am so happy for you Pete. I am glad you never had to spend your savings when the car broke down, the dryer stopped working, or the water heater busted. I have worked since I was 15, and yet unexpected expenses seem to take away any chance of savings for long term. I could get through one month without a job (maybe)and would then be in real trouble. I guess my weekends in the Hamptons were well worth it.
  • by Pete on Nov 12, 2008 at 11:20 AM
    Maybe all these job seekers will remember this time, and start saving for those rainy days your parents warned you about. Too many spent way too much and saved very little along the way. Hope people find jobs but it is humbling for those who always thought it would never happen to them. The economy affects every aspect of society, don't rely on those jobs being there forever. We are seeing this assumption played out now everyday.
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