LOUISVILLE, KY. (WDRB) -- The Amazon/Zappos operation in Bullitt County continues to look for temporary workers. The Internet company is predicting strong spring sales, and that is why it needs more seasonal workers.
"The economy is doing well, so people are definitely buying," says David Rock of Kelly Services, which is in charge of the hiring of workers for Amazon in Bullitt County.
Because business is good and predictions are for it continue to be good, hundreds of jobs are immediately available at the fulfillment centers for Amazon-owned Zappos.
"The sales are picking up," adds Rock, "and so as Amazon has forecast, they are projecting that they need to hire a significant amount of workers." It is another sign of an improving economy both locally and nationally.
The United States unemployment rate at 7.7 percent is currently the lowest its been since President Obama first took office, and Kentucky's jobless rate of 7.9 percent is the first time it has been below eight percent since 2008.
Indiana University Southeast Professor of Business Uric Dufrene carefully watches the ups and downs of the economy. "We are in much better shape than we were six months ago or a year ago," says Dufrene.
In addition to a stronger jobs report, there are a couple of other reasons to be optimistic about the economy. "Two things I think are very favorable," says Dufrene, "are the growth we have seen in the stock market and the continuing recovery we are seeing in the housing sector."
More home building would be a good thing for workers at General Electric's Appliance Park, where some workers are currently on furlough because of the slow demand for home appliances.
Dufrene says he still has a couple of concerns about the economy. One, the sequestering budget cuts battle in Washington D.C. and number two, the two percent payroll tax increase for workers that took effect the first of the year.
The Galt House Hotel is also looking for a hundred temporary workers for Derby and Thunder. It is holding a job fair at the hotel starting this Friday, March 15, at 4 p.m.
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