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Holiday hiring: Employers scramble to find workers

Posted at 12:25 PM, Oct 24, 2019

This year's holiday hiring season is underway, and employers are scrambling to find enough workers to handle the extra load.

The businesses needing the most help include retail packaging, shipping and delivering.

Experts say about 500,000 workers will be added during this coming month, but this year, employers are having a hard time finding those workers.

"I absolutely see a trend where finding seasonal employees is more challenging than ever," said Traci Fiatte, CEO of Randstad USA.

For the first time in a long time, companies competing for holiday help are going so far as to offer perks, such as a full-time job, year-round and the ability to pick and trade shifts.

"There are some things that retailers are going to have to do just like employers elsewhere in the economy to adjust to the tight job market," said Mark Hamrick, Bankrate.com analyst.

UPS reportedly needs 100,000 workers this season. FedEx needs 55,000 workers. Those workers can make anywhere from $14 to $30 an hour.