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Logistics Hiring Picks up in Pennsylvania

Aug 29 2013 4:52AM

Marcus Rauhut

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Seasonal hiring is picking up in the local logistics sector as distribution centers prepare for the busiest time of year.

Chambersburg staffing firm Randstad is looking to place about 300 hires, with the first group starting work next week.

"The next month going into the fourth quarter of the year, we're anticipating a lot of jobs becoming available in distribution, logistics and warehousing," said Shane Henry, senior branch manger. "We have a lot of seasonal positions becoming available immediately, however, there are some companies that look to do temp-to-hire as well."

Henry expects to see higher seasonal hiring activity this year, largely because one of the major local distribution centers is expanding operations. Beauty product retailer Ulta repurposed a section of its Kriner Road facility in order to fulfill e-commerce sales.

Henry's office is placing employees at other local distribution centers. Available positions cover all three shifts and pay ranges are generally between $10 and $15 an hour.

"It's an exciting time of year to be in this business, especially if people are looking for something part-time or looking for something in addition to a full-time job," Henry said. "It's a great opportunity to get a little bit of extra money for the holiday season."

The transportation, warehousing and utilities sector has been one of the fastest growing sectors in Franklin County over the past year, according to data released this week by the state's Center for

Workforce Information and Analysis.

The sector has grown by 4 percent, while overall jobs in Franklin County have only grown by 1.6 percent.

Stores begin adding seasonal help soon after the distribution centers.

Most of the major retailers typically announce their in-store seasonal hiring plans in September or October.

For the past several years, seasonal hiring in retail has resulted in about 200 to 300 jobs in Franklin County from October to December, according to an analyst with the Center for Workforce Information and Analysis.

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Marcus Rauhut can be reached at mrauhut@publicopinionnews.com and 262-4752, or follow him on Twitter @MarcusRauhutPO.

Jobless rates

Franklin County's unemployment rate fell 0.1 of a percentage point to 6.4 percent, according to the Center for Workforce Information and Analysis.

The county tied for the 11th lowest unemployment rate among Pennsylvania's 67 counties in July.

Jobs were down over the month, but this was largely the result of expected seasonal shifts with school out for the summer. Compared to a year ago, jobs in Franklin County have grown by 1.6 percent.

Pennsylvania's unemployment rate was steady, while the national rate fell to 7.4 percent. Fulton County's seasonal jobless rate rose slightly to 9.1 percent.

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