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Holiday hiring numbers are down this year

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RICHLAND, Wash.-- Holiday hiring numbers are down this year. With the holidays just around the corner many stores have already started interviewing employees for holiday positions. They have started as early as October to start training early for employees at their stores.  

Target Human Resources representative Emma Maltos says "we typically start at the beginning of October and hire through the middle of November, getting ready for our busy holiday season."

However, businesses are not expecting to hire more people compared with last year. The numbers for holiday hiring are down. According to Worksource only about 400 new positions will be available this season, compared to 644 hires last season. It's because not as many new stores will be opening.

Labor Economist Ajsa Suljic says "last year we did have a significant number of restaurants coming into the area and a lot of smaller businesses opening up around this time. This year we are not expecting as many retailers coming or opening stores in our local area."

In Tri-Cities we are expecting a 1.8% increase in employment for the holiday season. That's about the seasonal average of hiring between 300 and 400 people for the fall and winter months.