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Part-Time Holiday Jobs Now Available In East Texas

With the auto industry needing a bailout and the economy in a slump, it makes you wonder - will there be seasonal jobs available this holiday season? We sent KLTV 7's LaKecia Shockley to find out if East Texas employers are seeking extra help.

Target aisles are packed with customers and purchase totals are up. Target says the bad economy isn't affecting them at all - they just need more workers.

"We're looking for sales floor positions, cashiers, and our overnight shifts," said Daniel Pritchett, the executive team leader for human resources. "So lots of positions to fill..."

Just last week, Target had thirty job seekers apply. Cashier Ashley Perry is one of their recently hired seasonal workers.

"I was looking for a job just for something to make some extra money," said Ashley. "I came in and filled our my application and they called me a day or two latter and I have a job!"

"We have seen the college students and really people just wanting to pick up some extra cash for Christmas," said Daniel Pritchett or Target Human Resources. "We are doing a lot of interviews and we have brought on at least 10 last week...we look forward to bring another 10 or so on this week and we'll just keep that trend going."

From big retailers like Target to small businesses like Pack & Mail, East Texas business are still in need of holiday help.

"We have slowed down some but we haven't really had that much of a down turn. I look to hire about as many part timers as we have in years passed which is usually five or six at both stores," said Dave Cornett, the owner of Pack & Mail in Longview.

Even employment agencies like workforce and express employment professionals are seeking temporary workers.

"During the seasonal we usually pick up a lot of jobs with country clubs that have a lot seasonal holiday parties going on civic centers that have events," said Jeannie Foster, staffing consultant.

Overall though I think it is lower than it has been in the past but I'm still encouraged what I see from Longview. We're still doing pretty good," said Larry Hamilton, said Workforce Solutions of East Texas.

Here's true proof that jobs are available in East Texas. Tomorrow Workforce Solutions of East Texas in Longview is having a job fair from nine until noon. More than forty employers will take applications and interview applicants right on the spot.

LaKecia Shockley, Reporting lshockley@kltv.com

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