For retail job-seekers, the months between November and January can be especially fruitful. Typically, stores up their workforce by about four percent to handle the increase in foot traffic during the holidays. But this year, both physical stores and e-commerce outlets have brought on much more seasonal help–and some have continued to hire after the gift buying (and returning) rush has ended.
In the month of December alone, Women’s Wear Daily reported that 8,200 jobs were added among general merchandise stores, department stores, and clothing and accessory stores. With a strong holiday season and a decrease in the national unemployment rate from to 9.4 percent from November’s 9.8 percent, a short uptick in hiring among retail outlets in a still-struggling economy makes a little go a long way.
In addition to increased hiring throughout the holiday season, Macy’s announced last week that it will be hiring 725 new staffers over the next two years to dedicate itself to further expanding its e-commerce efforts.
With the company’s online sales growing rapidly — sales were up nearly 30% for the majority of the 2010 fiscal year — Macy’s Inc. has made the wise choice of adding positions in order to expand upon current web operations for both Bloomingdales.com and Macys.com. With growth at brick-and-morter outposts and corporations focusing on expanding already increasing online sales, additional hiring on both ends of the retail spectrum is surely a positive sign for the future.