INDIANAPOLIS (WISH) – One week before the big holiday shopping rush, thousands of seasonal jobs are still available in central Indiana.
Rob Ecker, regional manager of Integrity Staffing, said his agency is still trying to fill 4000 positions; mostly industrial warehouse jobs that include picking, packing, and shipping.
Ecker said there is growing demand for seasonal workers.
“Indianapolis is a hub of transportation for the United States … the crossroads of America. So that’s drawing large fulfillment centers to the area because they can get the product to the customer in a quicker time,” he said.
Amazon, for example, now has four massive fulfillment centers in the Indianapolis area.
Additionally, thanks to an expected increase in consumer spending, holiday hiring is up in general this year. Some analysts predict retailers will add the highest number is seasonal workers the industry has seen in more than a decade.
Walmart announced it planned to hire 60,000 seasonal workers nationwide this year, a 10-percent increase over last year.
As of Friday morning, local positions were still available.
“It’s great,” said Jon Graham of Westfield. Recently home from serving overseas. “It will give me a better chance of getting a job.”