Seasonal Employment Can Alleviate Some Unemployment Woes

6 years 9 months 3 weeks ago Wednesday, February 16 2011 Feb 16, 2011 Wednesday, February 16, 2011 10:25:13 PM CST February 16, 2011 in Continuous News
By: Lauren Delaney

COLUMBIA - The job market may not be thriving right now, but according to the Columbia Chamber of Commerce, seasonal employment can resolve some unemployment problems. Some businesses hire more employees for the spring season, and President Don Laird claims this seasonal employment can give the economy a boost.

The Home Depot will hire 60,000 seasonal employees nationally. Locally, they'll be adding an additional twenty hands to the team. This is a fifteen-percent increase from last year's seasonal employment hirings, and current store employees are expecting a boom in business this spring and summer. "I think with being able to hire about 60,000 people as a company we're going to do the economy a good little jump," said Sean Johnson, Operations Assistant Store Manager at the Columbia location.

With warmer weather the past few days, store employees have seen more people visiting the nursery and garden center. One worker claimed the busiest times of the year for Home Depot are between March and September.

The Home Depot will employ seasonal workers from March through June or July, but many continue to work after the seasonal period ends. Johnson is excited about the opportunity the new jobs will bring to the community. "I think overall it's going to help Columbia, I think as a whole we've done well. We've done well as a community."Companies are also in need of seasonal workers at the end of the year during the holiday season.

 

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