MIAMI (CBS4) – As the holiday shopping season kicks into gear, major retail outlets are beefing up their staff to handle all the extra business.
Last month retailers added about 151,000 temporary hires.READ MORE: Florida Records Highest One-Day Total Of COVID Cases With 21,000
That number is three times the amount they hired a year ago. Most of the new hires hope a little extra elbow grease will help turn their temporary job into a permanent one.
That’s what happened to Jose Cossio when he was hired just before the holidays at Best Buy in Doral last year.
“I’m very grateful ’cause its a hell of an experience working at Best Buy,” Cossio said. “And here to get a permanent job really what you gotta do is just put 100 into it and you’ll have a permanent job here for sure.”READ MORE: Hundreds Attend 'Down With The Chains' Rally At Bayfront Park For Freedom For Cuba, Venezuela & Nicaragua
This year a number of companies are hiring.
Best Buy is hiring 29,000 people. Macys is offering 65,000 jobs. Kohls said it will hire 40,000 seasonal workers. In total, U.S. retailers will hire 600,000 seasonal workers.
“Firms are really confident that this season is going to be great,” said Professor Thomas Smith, a labor expert at Emory University. “Hopefully this will transition into more full time jobs and a lower unemployment rate.”MORE NEWS: Royal Caribbean Expands COVID Testing Requirements
Careerbuilder.com, an employment website surveyed companies hiring seasonal help. This year 40 percent of them intend to make permanent job offers to the seasonal workers. That’s up from last year at only 31 percent.