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Seasonal Jobs Ease Financial Stress

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YAKIMA, Wash.- Hundreds of people in Yakima are looking for jobs. An area director from Work Source says this year they've seen more competition for employment and less jobs available.
"People from other states come here thinking this might be a place for jobs and because of the weather because we're so dependent on Ag, that's not the case," said Ignacio Marquez.
Which is why people are turning to seasonal jobs like retail.
"It's always fun to do for the holidays," said Sharon Anderson, who's been working a seasonal job for 10 years.
Employees at Hickory Farms are hired from November to the end of December and work 20 to 25 hours a week. Even though its not a full time job, supervisor Sharon Anderson says for most of them, it's enough to make a difference.
"Vacation money after the holidays, some use it for Christmas money and some probably use it to help pay bills," said Anderson.
Sharon is retired but has been doing seasonal work for 10 years. She says this year she's using her money to buy plane tickets to visit her grandchildren, something that would be harder to finance without the job.
"Just extra money for extra spending, things they can't afford on their regular incomes," said Anderson.
And while places like Hickory Farms hires seasonal workers every winter, seven or eight jobs is still not enough people to change the local economy.
"We've have seen a lot more people in looking for jobs and applying for unemployment," said Marquez.
And while some of the local retail positions may already be filled, you can still contact local temp agencies to find out who's hiring this winter.
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