SHEPHERDSVILLE, Ky. (WDRB News) -- The holiday season is just about here and that means businesses and organizations are looking for temporary help.
On Monday, Michelle James was going through the application process at the Zappos Hiring Center in Bullitt County, hoping she will be hired on the spot. "I hope to be doing some shipping, packing, or receiving," says James.
Zappos, which is now owned by Amazon, needs about 2,000 workers for the holiday season at its giant distribution center.
"I would love the job," she says, "I love Zappos, my brother works here in the photography department and he tells me nothing but great things about it."
Zappos says it is looking to find people who want to work hard as packers, shippers, and return associates.
One sign of a slightly improving economy is that it's a little more difficult to find workers this year. "The unemployment rate has gone down some," explains David Rock of Kelly Services. "So last year we had people coming in a lot earlier. It has been a little bit of a struggle this year to find those who are looking for work, but we increased our pay rate a week ago, so we hope that really draws some folks in."
Rock says the jobs will pay $9.00 an hour and $9.75 for night work.
The story is much the same at GSI at Jefferson Riverport. It says it needs 1,500 additional workers for the season. It still needs to find more than 600 people to fill those positions.
The Salvation Army also says it desperately needs bell ringers. "We are looking for some motivated part-time workers," says David Yarmuth, the director of community relations for the Salvation Army in Louisville. "About 180 to 200, basically to cover our red kettle bell ringing shifts which begins November 16 and runs until December 24."
Yarmuth says those positions will supplement volunteers and will pay minimum wage at $7.25 an hour.
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