Seasonal Jobs

By: Kelly Creswell Email
By: Kelly Creswell Email

Even though many businesses have already hired their employees for seasonal help, WHSV found out some owners are still looking for workers.

The holiday season is in full swing and businesses across the valley love it.

"The business level has been very high. It looks like it's going to be a real good holiday season, but they seem to have had no problem getting help," says Taylor Howell, the Harrisonburg VEC Manager.

Even though the unemployment rate is the lowest it's been in five years, the manager of the Virginia Employment Commission in Harrisonburg says businesses aren't having a hard time finding seasonal help.

However, a temp agency manager in the city says right now, she's having a hard time recruiting workers.

"We've had to explore various avenues to really get the candidates positions and I think whereas earlier in the year and in the summer we were filling the positions much more quickly. It's been taking a few days as opposed to taking one or two days to fill a position," says Adecco Branch Manager Magdaline Halous.

The temp agency posted various signs all over the city to recruit workers.

Local businesses, like Heavenly Ham, are still looking for holiday help. "I've had my add running in the paper now for a couple of weeks and we've only had six or seven responses of employable type people. So it's tough getting good help," says Heavenly Ham Store Owner Bob Elliott.

During the holidays, Elliott says he needs the extra help because the ham is literally flying off the shelves. "With good business you need good help and to help you grow and expand and you gotta’ have it," he says.

Local stores usually only hire a few extra workers for the holidays, but big box stores usually contact the VEC for help because they hire a lot more workers.

The VEC tells us the Valley traditionally has a lower unemployment rate than the rest of the state because the area has a good mix of manufacturers and retailers.


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