Retailers Struggle to Fill Vacancies With Weak Economy

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NEIGHBORHOOD NEIGHBORHOOD. THEY FOLLOWED A DRIVER THAT CRASHED INTO TWO CARS AND POLICE OPENED FIRE ON THE 20- YEAR-OLD SUSPECT AND HE REMAINS HOSPITALIZED IN SERIOUS CONDITION. LOOKING FOR A SEASONAL JOB THIS HOLIDAY SEASON? YOU WILL FIND A LOT OF JOBS AT STORES BUT NOT SO FOR RETAILERS. HERE IS JIM WILLIAMS WITH A LOOK AT WHY. AND ARTIFACT AT LINKIN PARK WHAT OWNER ESTHER FISHMAN CALLS A DINNER STORE, THE SIGNS ARE ON THE WINDOW. NOW HIRING. HELP-WANTED. WHEN YOU SAY NORMALLY GET? WE NORMALLY HAVE OUR PICK OF PEOPLE APPLYING FOR JOBS. WITH THE NATIONAL UNEMPLOYMENT RATE UNDER 4% THIS IS A WORKERS JOB MARKET SO FISHMAN IS IN A FIERCE COMPETITION WITH OTHER RETAILERS TO FIND EMPLOYEES. A LOT OF PEOPLE ARE EMPLOYED AND THEY HAVE THEIR PICK OF JOBS. TARGET IS LOOKING TO HIRE 120,000 WORKERS ACROSS THE NATION FOR THE HOLIDAY SEASON AND OFFERING INCENTIVES. A $12 AN HOUR MINIMUM WAGE, FLEXIBLE SCHEDULES AND DISCOUNTS ON TARGET MERCHANDISE. LESLIE CAR FILLED OUT AN APPLICATION ON TARGETS WEBSITE TUESDAY. I WANT TO GO IN FOR AN INTERVIEW. CURRENT MIGHT FIND YOURSELF IN DEMAND. AMAZON RAISED THE STAKES FOR ALL EMPLOYERS HIKING MINIMUM WAGE TO $15 AN HOUR PUTTING PRESSURE, EXPERTS SAY, ON OTHER COMPANIES TO INCREASE THEIR PAY. THE CREAM OF THE CROP IS HOW ESTHER FISHMAN DESCRIBES CANDIDATES FOR HER JOB. TODAY SHE IS TRYING TO FILL FIVE POSITIONS. WHAT DO YOU DO IN A SITUATION LIKE THIS? WE KEEP LOOKING. EXPERTS SAY IT’S AND I’LL DEAL TIME FOR LOWER SKILLED WORKERS. WHEN THE ECONOMY IS WEAK THOSE

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