VIGO COUNTY, Ind. (WTHI) - The Wabash Valley has some of the highest unemployment rates in the state - but with the holiday season gearing up, there's more chance for jobs in the coming months.
But could taking a temporary, seasonal job help in the long run?
It seems like the holiday season starts earlier each year. Stores have already lined their shelves with trees, decorations and gift items.
And with the early start for selling comes an early start for hiring.
"We have to be staffed for the busy season of course," said Becky Allen, assistant manager at Rural King.
Rural King hires seasonal jobs every year, our sister station WTHI reports.
"Just to have the coverage for all the extra shopping, for all the extra customers, all the extra freight to sell during the busy season," said Allen.
The store needs double the amount of cashiers for this season. And that doesn't count other open seasonal positions in the store.
"Of course, we're going to need a lot more than that, for all the Christmas trees and such that will be coming," said Allen.
And they aren't the only ones. Kohl's is hiring 50,000 jobs nationwide. Many stores in the Valley that sell holiday items will be hiring help as well.
The Indiana Department of Work Force Development shows many counties in the western part of the state, including Sullivan, Vermillion and Vigo, had the highest rates of unemployment this year.
So anything can help.
These jobs tend to be over at Christmas. But there's a chance those filling them could be hired on full-time.
"They could have a job here after the busy season. (Have you done that before?) Yes, we have. We always need help," said Allen.
Check out the Indiana Department of Work Force Development.
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