LOUISVILLE, KY. (WDRB) -- Hundreds of holiday jobs are still available in the Louisville area. It's 27 days until Christmas, and local distribution companies which send out all of those presents, still need help doing that.
The giant GSI Distribution Center at Riverport in southwest Louisville is a very busy place these days. The company provides e-commerce for a number of retailers.
On Cyber Monday alone, it took in 270,000 orders, double that from a normal day.
Since holiday shopping is off to a stronger start than analysts had predicted, more workers are needed at GSI. "We need during the next two weeks between 500 and 800 additional workers for us to meet our demands," says John Richie, a recruiting manager.
The story is the same at the Amazon-owned Zappos distribution center in Bullitt County. "It definitely is stronger," says David Rock of Kelly Services. "We are seeing a higher peak than we did last year for Cyber Monday, so we still have about 200 positions that we are looking to fill."
It has been more difficult for companies to find holiday help this year. Metro Louisville's latest unemployment rate is a point and a half lower that a year ago.
Still, an estimated 48,000 people remain unemployed in the local area. "The economy is definitely up," says Rock, "and I think we are seeing that in the on-line purchasing. So we are seeing a steady stream on the increase in purchases so therefore we need more workers."
Pay for these kinds of jobs starts at $9.00 an hour. The jobs involve some light lifting and often a lot of walking. Any additional workers hired will lighten the load for those already on the job.
"If we can't get that many workers," says Richie, "it means a lot of extra hours for the employees we currently have which of course means for them less time with their families over the holiday season."