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All I want for Christmas is a little help

All I want for Christmas is a little help

Oct 4, 2018

Forecasts are predicting strong holiday sales this season, which means retailers, warehouses and other businesses are going to need more employees. But with a labor market this tight, we'll look at how companies are competing for seasonal workers. Then, more…

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by Justin Ho Oct 4, 2018
On Friday, we’ll get the latest jobs figures for the month of September. Economists are expecting a strong report, with unemployment expected to drop a bit from an already low rate. We’re also getting awfully close to the holiday hiring…

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