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Holiday hiring expected to be down this year

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YAKIMA, Wash- Many people rely on holiday jobs to get through the winter, but the latest forecasts from state economists say holiday hiring might drop from last year.

Last year retailers in Washington added 14,000 jobs in the holiday months.  However this year they are expected to only add 13,000.

That would be 162 less in Yakima and 239 less in Kennewick if the predictions are correct.  Experts say uncertainty among retailers is the reason they'll hire less workers. No one's sure just how much consumers will shop this holiday season.

WorkSource advises that if you want to compete for those jobs that are out there you should make sure your application is complete with no errors.

"And that they're thorough that they make sure they describe every customer service experience, that's what they're looking for", says Jean Brown of WorkSource.

You can start your holiday job search as early as now by going to the websites of big retailers or stopping into a WorkSource location.

Another thing to note about that dismal forecast is that predictions aren't always accurate.  Last year's holiday hiring turned out to be 17% higher than expected.