The Idaho Department of Labor held a Christmas Retail Job Hiring fair that brought in local retail stores looking to hire seasonal help and local job seekers were hard at work looking for work.
"I am here at this point to find whatever I can because I need to work, I've got a family to support, and it's a tough job economy right now,” says job seeker, Dirk Wilson.
While others are just looking to earn a few extra bucks for the holidays.
"Looking for a job for Christmas time and hopefully get into some full time work,” job seeker, Sandy McMinn says.
"Seasonal, full time, I just need something to keep me occupied right now,” says job seeker David West.
Nikki, the manager at Maurices clothing store in the Pineridge mall was one of the retailers that participated in the job fair today.
"We want the best people we can find, and usually getting out into the community and finding those. Pocatello has an amazing workforce,” says Maurices manager.
All of the retailers at the job fair today, say they anticipate a busy holiday season this year.
"We are expecting a lot of people to be ready to shop, it's kind of that time of year that no matter what, you always have to look cute for holiday events,” Maurices manager, Nikki Funke said.
"You know we are hoping that it is going to be busy, we hope that this is going to be better than last year, I think every retailer is expecting that, they want bigger and better from last year,” Lowes human resources, Daeline McReynolds said.
Ross's store manager says they are expecting to have 50% more merchandise this year.
"So we are really expecting a positive and awesome holiday season,” Ross manager, Bette Pfnister said.
With more business comes the need for more seasonal help.
"We are looking forward to being busy and we have heard that people are planning on spending their money this year and so we want to be ready and staffed,” TJ Maxx manager, Karey Steed said.
"We have actually planned on hiring more this year then we have since we have opened the store,” Fred Meyer’s human resources, Ronda Whitworth said.
Department of Labor says the retailers that showed up for the job fair are expecting to hire for about 150 jobs and if you didn’t get the chance to go to the job fair, you can still apply at the retail stores. The retail stores involved in the job fair also said that they will all be closed for Thanksgiving, but will be ready to go the following day on Black Friday, for all those early shoppers that want to find a good deal.