Economist predicts two to three per cent drop in seasonal hiring in

AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Economist predicts two to three per cent drop in seasonal hiring in Alberta by Kaitlin Lee Posted Oct 25, 2016 7:14 am MDT It may be more competitive for Albertans looking for seasonal work this year.A local economist expects staff will be needed but there will be a lot less traffic in the service sector.Hiring for the holidays could be down two to three per cent.ATB Financial’s Chief Economist Todd Hirsch said retailers are anticipating a slower pace.“But that said, I think, you know, Albertans are still shopping, they’re still spending money. They might be a little more selective in what they’re buying, or how much they’re spending. So, you’re still going to need staff in those stores,” he said.It could mean a tiny temporary lift to November’s job numbers.And there is a bright spot: more Albertans are likely to stay put during the holidays and spend more of the cash they do have closer to home.“And as a result, you might actually see, you know, sales down not quite as badly as we’d expect, simply because more people are going to be staying home,” Hirsch explained.Hirsch says businesses will likely have no trouble filling any open positions as the number of people who’ve lost their jobs means more willingness to work in the service sector than in the past. Thinkstock read more