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Temp Workers Play Santa, Hope To Receive Full-Time Offers

Friday, December 17, 2010

In November, private employers added 14 thousand jobs in New York City.
The State Labor Department says it's a decent result, if not spectacular...Some of the biggest job gains were in finance and accounting.
Those jobs are likely for the long-term. But many of the new jobs in November's employment report are for a few months only - the holiday season. WNYC's Ilya Marritz reports.
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Many people of the people who've found a job this season are either selling gifts...or delivering them.  Since October, Anthony Hope has been delivering packages for UPS in Manhattan.
Sneakers, computers. I deliver to one residential building, everytime I go to the building, there's this one little girl. She's like, Santa Claus! I'm like, I'm just UPS!
But for Hope, the job itself is a gift. He's 23, he lives with his mom, and hadn't worked in months before he came here for an interview - the UPS depot on 43rd street and 12th Avenue.
Like Hope, Joseph Floyd applied after seeing a help wanted ad online. His experience? Moving boxes at a Marshall's factory in Georgia.
didn't think I was gonna get it, but they called me and I got the job.
This season, UPS has added 2,600 workers in and around New York City. UPS and Fed Ex both say they  are hiring more, and will deliver more packages this season than last year. The retail trade, too, has added more jobs than in 2009.
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Around 8:45 in the morning, the trucks start their engines. More than 500 vehicles will fan out across the city, carrying drivers, and drivers' assistants, with carts, scanners, and lots of boxes.
The last day of work for Anthony Hope and Joseph Floyd is December 24th. Both men say they'll apply for permanent positions here in 2011.
For WNYC, I'm Ilya Marritz.

In November, private employers added 14,000 jobs in New York City. The State Labor Department says it's a decent result, if not spectacular. Some of the biggest job gains were in finance, accounting and temporary holiday retail and delivery work. 

Many of the people who've found a job this season are either selling gifts or distributing them. Since October, Anthony Hope has been delivering packages for UPS in Manhattan.

Around 8:45 a.m. each morning, the UPS trucks start their engines. More than 500 vehicles fan out across the city, carrying drivers and drivers' assistants, with carts, scanners and lots of boxes.

"Sneakers, computers. I deliver to one residential building and it's always loaded," Hope said. "Everytime I go to the building, there's this one little girl. She's like, 'Santa Claus!' I'm like, 'I'm just UPS!'" 

But for Hope, the job itself is a gift. He's 23, lives with his mom and hadn't worked in months before he came to UPS's depot on West 43rd Street for an interview.

Like Hope, Joseph Floyd applied for a temporary job after seeing a help wanted ad online. His experience? Factory work in Georgia.

"It said 'driver helper', so I was like, 'I think I can do this,'" Floyd said. "'Cause I worked previously in the Marshall's factory. So I dealt with a lot of boxes and carrying them." 

The last day of work for Anthony Hope and Joseph Floyd is December 24. Both men say they'll apply for permanent positions here in 2011.

This season, UPS has added 2,600 workers in and around New York City. UPS and Fed Ex both say they are hiring more and will deliver more packages this season than last year. Retailers like Macy's and Toys 'R' Us are also adding jobs.

 

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JUAN MEJIA from BROOKLYN

I AM READY TO START

Dec. 17 2010 02:59 PM

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