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Stores Seeing Shortage of Seasonal Workers

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More shopping options in the Charlottesville area may be good news to consumers but some retailers say those new stores are making it hard to find enough seasonal workers for the holiday rush.

In a recovering economy, you are more likely to hear about a shortage of job opportunities, but when it comes to retail positions in the Charlottesville area this holiday season, there seem to be too few workers to go around.

J.C. Penney at Fashion Square Mall in Albemarle County is having trouble filling the majority of its seasonal job openings. It normally takes on about 30 workers between October and the middle of December, but this year the store has only been able to fill about eight of its open positions.

Store managers say it is unusual, but not unexpected, as they compete with places like The Shops at Stonefield for applicants.

J.C. Penney store leader Karen Rogers said, "A lot of the people I've interviewed had other interviews. And luckily I was able to get them back in, but at the same time, they're going to many different places right now. They have many more choices this year."

J.C. Penney will continue searching for the staff it needs. Otherwise, managers say existing employees will be forced to extend their holiday hours.

The phenomenon even extends beyond the holiday season into next year. The new Fresh Market at the Albemarle Square Shopping Center, which opens early next year, says it is having trouble finding people to fill between 80 and 90 positions.

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