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Online Shopping Sales and Weak Economy Affect Holiday Hiring

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WASHINGTON--  A weak economy is only part of the reason behind businesses not hiring as many helping hands.

We spoke with one manager of the Tri-Cities Worksource, who says high gas prices and online shopping are leading contributors to a tough job market.

The hiring season typically begins in mid-September, that way by Halloween, retail stores are fully staffed and trained for holiday shopping.


And while Worksource says many big businesses like J.C. Penny and Amazon.com are still hiring their usual amount of holiday help, it's the smaller retailers that are taking the hit.

"Although the state of Washington is still healthy economically, it's moving closer and closer to us, and I understand why businesses would want to be cautious during this time to make sure they didn't make some mistake during in their case the most profitable time of the year for them," says Candice Blueshel, manager of Worksource.

Just how worried are small businesses in such uncertain times?  The Wall Street Journal reports 86% expect weaker holiday sales.

As for the stores that were hiring holiday help, Candice says places like Amazon.com brought in roughly 150 new employees.

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