Ilya Marritz covers business for WNYC.
Temp Workers Play Santa, Hope To Receive Full-Time Offers
Friday, December 17, 2010
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.