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Holiday hiring blitz hits central Wisconsin


'Tis the season for holiday shopping , or rather holiday hiring.

"Things are real busy, things are hectic, but it's a fun hectic," said Dean Whipple, store manager of Sears in Wausau.

According to a report done by Forbes, about 39% of retailers will hire holiday help this year

"Seasonal help is critical," said Whipple.

Sears doesn't release its holiday hire numbers, but Whipple says they plan to hire a handful at the Wausau location.

At Younkers, employees say the company will hire about 12,000 holiday workers nationwide. At Target, 70,000 seasonal employees will be added. Experts say those jobs, while short term, still mean a big boost in the economy.

"The more money people have available to them to spend, that filters into the economy," said Scott Sybeldon, associate lecturer of business and economics at UW-Marathon County.

Even small businesses need extra hands. At Sweet Lola's in Wausau, employees say the store does about 20% of its business during the holidays. That's a lot of cupcakes.

"We have multiple orders that we'll take over the phone throughout the day, we have plenty of people that come in to inquire," said Danielle Habeck, employee at Sweet Lola's.

Habeck says the only way to make it through is to add more staff.

"We have a lot of college students that help out in the summer so they can back and help out in the winter as well," explained Habeck.

So whether it's a big box store, or a mom and pop shop, the holiday season is a busy one.

For a look at holiday jobs in central Wisconsin, click here:

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