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Holiday hiring projected to be up in Washington

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OLYMPIA, WA – Washington retailers will hire more than 12,700 seasonal workers throughout the holiday season, according to economists with the state’s Employment Security Department.

Last year, employers hired 10,542 additional workers during the 4th quarter of 2015.

“Seasonal retail hiring across the state is expected to rebound this year after declining the past two years,” said Paul Turek, an economist with the department. “Healthier wage growth amidst an improving employment situation should help raise holiday sales to a level that boosts hiring.”

The department’s labor economists say the bulk of the seasonal hiring will be in general merchandise stores, adding 7,480 jobs, up 1,062 positions from the same period last year. Clothing and clothing accessory stores expect to hire 3,329 holiday workers, also up 804 workers from 2015.

Holiday hiring forecast for October through December 2016

Statewide and by region

Area/County

2015 actual

2016 forecast

Washington state

10,542

12,726

King-Snohomish

6,167

5,321

Pierce

994

1,637

Spokane-Stevens-Pend Oreille

671

845

Benton-Franklin

420

467

Yakima

354

457

Whatcom

292

393

Kitsap

333

375

Thurston

149

302

Skagit

82

142

Chelan-Douglas

28

103

Cowlitz

23

73

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