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MASON CITY, Iowa – We’re already seeing the transition in stores across the country; Christmas is just around the corner.
Even though we just started the fall season big-box stores like Wal-Mart are already gearing up for the holidays.
Store Manager, Stewart Anderson said that things are beginning to get in gear for the holidays and said that they are already starting to set out their Christmas trees and lights.
“We have Christmas on one side of the store, we have Halloween up front, we just came out of back to school, so it’s ramping up and in about 3 weeks is when it’s really going to start picking up,” Anderson said.
Retailers like Wal-Mart are already announcing their plans to tackle this upcoming holiday season.
Wal-Mart announced on Monday that they plan to hire 55,000 seasonal workers this year, which is about 5,000 more than last year.
Anderson says that Wal-Mart is unique in their seasonal hiring in that the temporary, seasonal jobs often lead to bigger things for holiday employees.
“Lots of those positions will typically bring on for the holidays and then after the holidays, through attrition, etc., those folks will go into permanent jobs,” Anderson said.
Holiday shopping of course means that there will be more business for shipping companies across the country.
Branch Manager of Manpower in Mason City, Tony Buhr said that they’re already seeing more jobs opening up in that field.
“Obviously if people are buying stuff and shipping stuff you see a definite increase in help so i know drivers in UPS, FedEx are always looking for additional holiday help,” Buhr said.
Seasonal jobs are a good way to earn some extra money for the holidays and Buhr says that now is a good time to start applying for those jobs.