The holiday season is nearly upon us. With the struggling economy this year, more people are trying to pick up a little extra cash. Retail stores usually hire extra workers to get through the holiday rush, but this year there are more people applying and fewer positions available. Melanie Romano has never worked a seasonal job before, but Wednesday she filled out an application at Target, hoping to pick up a second job for the holiday season. “I need an extra little bit of money because I have a 7-month-old son that I want to buy a rack of stuff for, and I don't have a lot of money to spend on Christmas this year,” she said. With the unemployment rate in North Carolina at 7 percent, she is not alone. Target executive, Chris Hall, said the store has seen more people apply this year, than in years past. “We're getting a great flow of applications right now. We're also getting highly qualified applicants as well so we're able to have a great pick of applicants,” he said. Across the country, many retail stores are hiring fewer people than usual to help with their holiday rush, but at the local Target it is a different story. “Target would be hiring somewhat less throughout the company, but as a store, we want to make sure that we are staffed for our guests and we'll have plenty of positions still available,” said Hall. Romano said she is determined to find a little extra work to help her get through the holidays, but with only about 10 percent of applicants at stores like Target getting jobs, finding openings is easier said than done. “I haven't found any other places that are trying to hire just yet, but I am going to keep looking,” said Romano. With the holiday shopping season nearly in full swing, retail stores like Target will make their final employee hiring push before the Friday after Thanksgiving. However, with more applicants than usual, they said this year competition is stiff. “They're trending higher, with higher educated, and higher experienced folks as well.” Hall said Target still plans to hire ten to twenty employees to meet the increased demand for the holidays. So far more than one hundred people have applied for the openings, for many of them it would be their second job.
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