Too many workers and not enough jobs up for grabs... Many of Amarillo's retailers are experiencing this situation for the first time in years.
Seasonal hiring started last month and in most cases is wrapping up this week. Even still, applications are still pouring in. Tasha McWilliams just started her new job at Target. "A few days, three days actually." Just in time to make some extra cash for Christmas. "I wanted to try something different. I've been a waitress and I've worked for attorney's office, so I wanted to try retail." Tasha is one of many filling out applications this holiday season. Target Team Leader Gabriel Garcia says,"We definitely saw a pretty big rush."
Record numbers are flocking to local stores, hoping to make some extra money to get them through the Christmas season, despite the tough economy. Tasha "just wanted to help [her] mom out. She pays for [her] on some things and [she] just wanted to be able to help her out too." Nationally, Target is expected to hire between fifty and eighty thousand additional seasonal workers. Here locally, they're planning to hire thirty. This year the applicant pool looks a little different than in years past.