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Seasonal Hiring Drops

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The holiday season is fast approaching, so of course, department stores are beginning their seasonal hiring.

National reports show many stores are hiring fewer workers this holiday season, in an attempt to save money. But the good news is, Billings stores are not cutting as many jobs as stores across the nation are.

"An interesting thing about our market right now in Billings is, there's more jobs than there are job seekers right now. Which can be a benefit if you're a job seeker. You can be a little bit more picky. But when you're one of those retailers trying to hire on seasonal help, you're competing against everyone else, for a pretty scarce resource right now, which is your work force," says Tim Robbins, director of the Montana Department of Labor and Industry.

Robbins also says companies are attempting to become more efficient by doing more with fewer people and utilizing technology.

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