SEA­SONAL

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about 1,200 po­si­tions start­ing in Oc­to­ber, in­clud­ing the newly opened Boscov’s in the Con­necti­cut Post Mall in Milford.

The store re­placed the for­mer J. C. Pen­ney af­ter its clo­sure last year, which left a large hole in the mall.

Jobs in the trans­porta­tion and ware­house sec­tor are also ex­pected to see an in­crease in hir­ing, ac­cord­ing to Vil­lano, who said Work­force Al­liance has hosted events for Ama­zon’s Walling­ford fa­cil­ity as well as FedEx and Ma-

cy’s lo­gis­tics cen­ters.

“You may not work in a store, but you might work in a distri­bu­tion cen­ter,” he said.

Shift­ing de­mo­graph­ics

While the de­mand for sea­sonal work is in­tact, em­ploy­ers may find it hard to fill the po­si­tions with the right peo­ple, ac­cord­ing to mar­ket ob­servers.

“Peo­ple aren’t as in­clined to need a sec­ond job to sup­ple­ment their house­hold in­come, so the job can­di­dates that they are get­ting tend to be less skilled work­ers and, in some cases, they might be younger than ex­pe­ri­enced folks,” said Tom Long, of the Work­place in

Bridge­port.

Par­tic­u­larly with po­si­tions in lo­gis­tics and trans­porta­tion, job re­quire­ments and lim­its may re­move some can­di­dates vy­ing for work.

“Those aren’t the same skill set as the peo­ple who hope to work in re­tail and cash regis­ters and in­ter­act with the pub­lic,” said Fla­herty. “In terms of the over­all econ­omy, the ware­hous­ing and trans­porta­tion jobs are just as good and, in some cases, even bet­ter than the re­tail jobs be­cause of the pay rate and the ben­e­fits that come with it and the hours.”

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