NC State Ag Economist Dr. Mike Walden – “Seasonal Hiring”


Mary: This is Mary Walden with economist MW welcoming you to the economic perspective. Today’s program looks at seasonal hiring. Mike, it’s hard to believe that Christmas shopping is about to begin.  While many people will be deciding what to buy, many others will be looking forward to picking up some part-time work and income during the holiday season.  How important is holiday seasonal hiring in our state?

Mike:  Summary Answer

  1. It is very important
  2. I estimate between 20,000 and 30,000 North Carolinians participate
  3. Earn about $80 million over a typical 6 week stint
  4. Big question – will it continue
  5. How will internet buying impact
  6. Best estimate – will reduce it
  7. Issue – many people count on the seasonal hiring to supplement their income
  8. I’m MW

Mary:  And I’m Mary Walden for the N C State Extension