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Turnaround in Seasonal and Temp Job Market

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The nation's unemployment rate climbed to 9.8% in November, a seven month high, as hiring slowed. But locally, it's a different story if you're looking for temporary work that could lead to a full-time job. Casey Lamb, president of American StaffCorp in Tulsa put it this way:  "We are as busy as ever.  The jobs are there.  We need people."

Nationally and locally the slogan could be: What a difference a year makes in U.S. retail.    Estimates say stores nationwide will add some 600,000 seasonal workers this holiday, up 20% from 2009. In Tulsa, there are plenty of temp jobs available that may turn into full-time positions, according to Lamb.  "It's nothing compared to last year," he says, when there were few jobs to pick from, and far too many qualified workers to fill them. So who's hiring?

  • Call centers paying $10-$15/hr.
  • Warehouse work also $10-$15/hr.
  • Welders and machine operators at $15-$22/hr.

And unlike strictly seasonal work, these jobs could turn into something more... a full-time position.