It's a gift and a curse, according to some economists.
It's also why companies are offering perks to entice applicants.
Target is advertising its employment opportunities outside its store on Niagara Falls Boulevard in Amherst. The national chain announced it will be hiring 120,000 workers this holiday season with a starting salary of $12 dollars an hour. Its offering a 20% discount on all wellness items.
UPS is also looking for extra hands. Reps for the package delivery service said it's looking for about one thousand seasonal workers across western New York. Wages range from $10.40 up to $34 depending on the job. The company offers a $75 weekly attendance bonus for showing up on time for each shift. Part time hires receive health care and retirement benefits. Along with, eligibility for a $25,000 tuition assistance if in school.
Kohl's is looking for 90,000 seasonal workers nationwide. Each will be eligible for a 15% store discount.
Target is hosting a job fair at all stores on October 10-12.The events will take place from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. each day for the 120,000 seasonal positions, with the potential for eligible applicants to interview on the spot and receive a conditional job offer during the weekend events. Interested candidates will have the opportunity to meet directly with Target store leaders.
Kohl's is hosting one October 20.