Seasonal Jobs in Retail, Transport & Warehousing Explode in October

Retailers and Transportation and Warehousing firms added the highest number of jobs in October on record, according to an analysis of non-seasonally adjusted data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics by global outplacement and business and executive coaching firm Challenger, Gray & Christmas, Inc.

“While the year has been dominated by uncertainty, the surge in demand for online shopping necessitating the need for more shipping and transport jobs is fueling massive hiring gains in those industries right now,” said Andrew Challenger, Senior Vice President of Challenger, Gray & Christmas, Inc.

“With COVID cases soaring and the potential for further shutdowns looming as we head into the winter months, demand for jobs in both of these sectors will likely increase. On top of that, with the positive vaccine news from Pfizer, consumers may be confident enough to spend. Much of this will depend on the job prospects for the millions who lost their jobs due to the pandemic shutdowns and deepening recession over the summer,” he added.

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