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.
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
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.”