The holiday season is inching closer, and many retailers and transportation companies have bolstered their staff to handle the crunch. But this year, a Minnesota expert says there might be a shift in how some of that extra work is handed out. Oriane Casale is the interim labor market information director for the state of Minnesota. She says in transportation and warehousing, actual hiring in the state was down in October when compared with the previous year. But she adds that hours have been increasing, which bodes well for existing workers looking for extra income. Casale says allowing existing workers to feel the benefit can be seen as a morale boost. She says those who need a side job are important, too. But she adds that companies also can do right by giving their current staff more opportunities.

“What we like to see is employers not only hiring more people but also improving the working conditions. For example, by offering more full-time hours to their current employees,” said Casale

Nationally, the job recruiting website recently reported that retail job postings were up by four percent this year.