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Will seasonal jobs become full-time?

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KENNEWICK, Wash,-- Around the holidays, seasonal jobs are picked up by the unemployed, but what happens when the busy shopping period wraps up?  Some part-times positions turn into full-time.

The Local Labor Economist predicts similar trends compared to last year.

"When it comes down to labor supply and a number of people employed in retail trade it is remaining the same or going a little bit higher," says Ajsa Suljic, Local Labor Economist.

In 2009, 600 people were hired for seasonal jobs.  About 27% of those turned into full-time positions.  This year, 700 people were hired for part-time spots.  Experts predict 20% to 25% will become full-time.

"Once the Christmas season wraps, the seasonal assignments are until mid January and late December. Early January we'll look at our staffing levels and business forecast and see how many we do keep," says Mike Bevelacque, Best Buy Manager.

Suljic says the steady trend is because retailers are being cautious when hiring.