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Seasonal workforce creates positive impact on local economy

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We are now almost a week in to the official holiday shopping season and not only is it a time for buying gifts but it's also a time when employers are looking for seasonal employees.

Websites like is just one of dozens of websites where employers are posting openings looking for seasonal employees.

"I'm actually looking for a job right now," said Colby Richards.

Richards, who is unemployed this holiday season, said she's looking for a long-term job, but said a seasonal one will suffice.

"I looked at a few retail stores, but the past few years I've been bartending, so the managers have asked me, you're qualified, you worked in retail for four years, but I don't think you're going to like the pay," Richards said.

Plenty of people are getting paid this season at Amazon. The company added 70,000 extra employees for the holiday, including positions at their two facilities in South Carolina.

So many extra workers at the Lexington County fulfillment center, sheriff's deputies have to direct traffic, to keep the roads moving.

They're not the only ones who are hiring.

The U.S. Bureau of Labor and Statistics said retailers that sell furniture, electronics, clothes, and sporting goods also add jobs. Data shows seasonal staffing on average increases the country's workforce by almost 9 percent.

Despite the bump, companies lay-off more than just the seasonal employees, once the holidays are over, according to The Bureau of Labor and Statistics.

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