CHICAGO (WBBM) — Retailers are forecasting enough business this Christmas shopping season that they’re hiring holiday help at levels not seen in at least four years.

Newsradio 780’s Regine Schlesinger reports, that an analysis of the October federal government jobs report shows that businesses added 150,000 more workers. That’s three times more than in 2009 and up substantially from 2008, which was the worst year for holiday hiring in decades.

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John Challenger, of employment consultant Challenger, Gray and Christmas, says it’s not too late to land holiday work.

“A lot of retailers wait until the last minute to see really how busy their stores are and then they start adding people,” Challenger said.

Challenger said with so many people who are under-employed, adding a holiday job would provide some much-needed extra income. Plus, some stores offer other incentives, such as discounts on merchandise.

Challenger added that while the big retailers may still be hiring, it is important to check out the ma and pop stores for opportunities.

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