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Seasonal hiring begins

ALBANY, GA (WALB) - Looking to earn a little extra cash for the upcoming holidays? Retail stores want you. Dozens of businesses in Dougherty County are looking to hire some extra help tackle the busy hours this season. 

This is the time when retail hot spots start seeing more traffic trickle in as we move closer into November.

Many businesses in Dougherty County are currently conducting orientation and/or hiring process, places like Toy "R" US, Ross, and Michael's. This includes hair and beauty stores such as Ulta, also prep for shoppers.


Target and Kohl's are expected to add 60,000 to 70,000 holiday workers nationwide.

According to the Department of Labor, Georgia's unemployment rate in 2013 was 7.8 in October and fell to 7.3 after the holidays in February. The downward trend could be associated with the abundance of temporary jobs offered during the winter months.   

Albany Kohl's Administrator Audrey Trice says the process of hiring can be a little overwhelming at first due to the amount of applications but once they get through it, excitement kicks in and working around this time is a lot of fun. 

Nationwide, UPS is looking to hire close to 100,000 employees while FedEx plans to double their staff by adding 50,000 people.

Target and Kohl's expect to add 60,000 to 70,000 staff members across the country.

Albany Kohl's Administrator Audrey Trice says the process of hiring can be a little overwhelming at first due to the amount of applications. But once they get through it, excitement kicks in and working around this time is a lot of fun.

"Even before Halloween its amazing, people are buying Christmas gifts. We have some customers say they are almost done with their holiday list. They are really shopping early this year," Trice said. 

Hiring can take anywhere between a few days to a few weeks, the best thing you can do is to start as early as possible by visiting the store's direct website or stopping by the location in person.

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