Retailers offering incentives for holiday season hires

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ANCHORAGE, Alaska (KTUU) - Expected seasonal sales are driving up the number of new employees for some retailers. “We’ve brought in about 50 people with another 10-12 starting this week so it’s gone very well this year,” said Carrie Osgood, General Manager for the JCPenney store at the 5th Avenue Mall.

As shoppers prepare for days of discounts and bargain huntingCNBC reports across the country, there are more than 700,000 seasonal jobs retailers need to fill this year.

JCPenney held a company-wide hiring day last month. So far about 50 seasonal employees have been added to the Anchorage store but Osgood says more associates are needed. “We're looking for people that can work the extended hours, giving us more coverage. We open earlier, close later. A lot of the people we have working here either go to school or they have another job and don't have a lot of flexibility in what they can do so we need to add people in to cover the increased demand."

Osgood said it’s not uncommon for holiday hires to stay on longer. This year the company is offering prize packages as an incentive for both seasonal and current employees. “There's vacation packages, electronic packages, those kind of things all totaling about $5,000 each so (it's) giving that extra incentive to get people to stay through the holiday season,” Osgood said.

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