Holiday jobs trend toward delivery, helping customers buy online as COVID-19 joblessness persists

The seasonal job market is expected to look different in this year of the coronavirus, as even more holiday shoppers make their purchases online and unemployment remains high.

Companies such as UPS are loading up with package handlers and drivers, and jobs available inside stores are changing as well to serve online customers. Big shopping days like Black Friday could also potentially see smaller crowds as deals start even earlier, meaning retailers might not need to staff up as much as they normally do.

The number of people looking for jobs also is sure to be higher.

In August, the unemployment rate in metro Orlando was 11% compared with 3.1% at the same time last year. In September, Walt Disney Co. notified the state 6,700 Walt Disney World non-union employees were losing their jobs, adding to the tens of thousands of mostly tourism-related jobs lost in the region since the

Read More