UPS To Hire 55,000 Seasonal Workers

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NEW YORK -- UPS expects to deliver 527 million packages between Thanksgiving and Christmas this year, surpassing last year's record high by 10 percent.

The world's largest package delivery company estimates 28 million of those will be delivered on Thursday, Dec. 20 -- projected to be the busiest day of the year. That's nearly double what the Atlanta company moves on an average day.

The busiest day of the year has moved close to Christmas because more Americans are ordering gifts online and using expedited shipping. Most packages will arrive within three days. Last-minute shoppers who ship packages by Friday, Dec. 21, can get their goods by Christmas Eve via next-day air.

To handle the big jump in package volume, UPS plans to hire 55,000 seasonal workers to sort, load and deliver packages, the same number that it hired last year, but 10 percent higher than in 2010.

UPS' smaller rival, FedEx, expects to handle 280 million shipments between Thanksgiving and Christmas, up 13 percent from the same stretch last year.

More: Seasonal Jobs: Top Companies Hiring For The Holidays

On FedEx's busiest day this year, projected to be Dec. 10, it forecasts that 19 million packages will move through its network, up 10 percent from 2011.

FedEx's busiest day is much earlier because its peak time shipments are comprised of fewer priority packages. The company is based in Memphis, Tenn.

Overall holiday sales are projected to rise 4.1 percent, according to The National Retail Federation. That would be the smallest increase since 2009, but still higher than the 10-year average of 3.5 percent.

But online holiday sales will grow 16.8 percent, excluding travel purchases, according to research firm eMarketer. Online shopping accounts for about $1 in every $10 spent over the holidays.

FedEx Corp. and UPS Inc. can benefit twice when consumers shop online: They ship the gift to the receiver, and they also ship the unwanted presents that are later returned.

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Seasonal being the most important word here. In January they will be let go and then unemployment will be up 55,000 jobs. It would be good to have the job for however long you can, those who show good work ethics (never late, willing to stay late to get the job done, never complain and work hard) may stay through Feb. or even get hired as part-time employee. Hate the spin that HP puts on this, like O has anything to do with it, it's because of Christmas and that belongs to Romney, definitely not Obama!

October 31 2012 at 10:54 AM Report abuse -1 rate up rate down Reply

People cry about taking a seasonal job at less than the job they lost..........Many of these jobs lead to full time with good pay. Companies "Try before they Buy" Finding employees with STRONG work ethic who show up on time, don't spend 24/7 on their cell phone, following instructions, and don't take a smoke break every 15 min. is hard to find. AND when you find the ones who will do the job you treat them right... pay them well and leave the rest behind.... Folks it's called "Work" not "Play"

October 31 2012 at 8:52 AM Report abuse +2 rate up rate down Reply

Boy, the depts HP will go to with head lines,,, head lines for obama,,, 55,000 jobs!!!! for 45 days!!!! at low or legal pay,,,,, what is news,,, junk.

October 31 2012 at 7:08 AM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply
Wecome Gary!

This happens every year, irregardless of the economy, so it sounds like a demm spin to create the perception of a recovering economy. When you're guy is slipping, I guess resorting to any means of attempting to show any jobs is needed to see if you can fool some of the people some of the time, like in 2008............... There's still some people that beleive in the failed experiment of putting someone completely unqualified in such an important position as president and expecting something other than a train wreck.......... Its simple, its 4 years later and Americans are worse off than they were 4 years ago with no change in sight. The sad thing is whats going to happen if we get more obama, thousands more small businesses are going to close and put a few more million people out of work, they see no relief from our current government and have had about enough. Many have already stated their intentions publicly, so if you vote O then don't be surprised.

October 31 2012 at 6:38 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Let me compare, United States Postal Service going bankrupt, can't pay pensions, raising cost of stamps, doesn/t deliver the mail on time. VRS. Private business UPS and FEDEX.. Duh!!!!!
Romney/Ryan has been telling everyone the truth. Government has to get out of the way. They can't run anything correctly. To many thieves in Gov.

October 31 2012 at 1:02 AM Report abuse -2 rate up rate down Reply
5 replies to alantatanka's comment

What it really shows is that consumer spending is anticipated to be increased. Increased consumer discretionary spending equals improving confidence in an improving economy with more discretionary cash.

Sorry, can try to spin it as a bad thing, but facts are facts.

October 30 2012 at 10:17 PM Report abuse +3 rate up rate down Reply
2 replies to consindenial's comment

What it will show is about 55,000 unemployed people around January, 30th.

October 31 2012 at 5:29 AM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply

Consumer spending is increased because things cost more, thanks to BHOzo.

October 31 2012 at 6:49 AM Report abuse -1 rate up rate down Reply

I hate to be a stickler, but does it say anywhere in the article that the President had anything to do with these hiring numbers? In fact, it doesn't make any reference whatsoever to the economy as a whole either directly or implied.

Huffpost should be scolded for publishing a press release from UPS like it's a big story, but nowhere in the article does it say anything more than UPS is adding X and that's X % more than - FedEx 3.1 ..... blah blah. You've all spun this in your minds.

Any chance anyone wants to try to be a grown up?

October 30 2012 at 10:10 PM Report abuse -2 rate up rate down Reply
2 replies to dandizzz's comment

Don't cry.

Just enjoy 4 more years.

October 30 2012 at 10:41 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

So repubs don't criticize the unemployment numbers and blame Obama? This is all so stupid, I can't wait for this election to be over, Obama still President, and people have to hide their disgusting racism again.

October 31 2012 at 2:29 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Isn`t it interesting how HUffPo shows a company thats laying off 15,000 employees--at probably an average pay of $50,000 and right underneath it, proclaims Company to hire 55,000 SEASONAL employees at probably $8.75/hour to start. They don`t want you to think that the economy stinks cause it makes it look bad for "their guy" Of course Jobless Numbers will go way down for the holidays since the stats count temporary workers, parttime workers, etc.

October 30 2012 at 9:01 PM Report abuse -1 rate up rate down Reply
1 reply to Alan's comment

UBS is a Swiss bank...not based or headquartered in the United States. So the President is SO powerful that he can dictate the fortunes of a bank in Europe?

Watch out...the black helicopters are outside your window.

October 30 2012 at 10:11 PM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply

It's a "4" week job maximum.....11:00am-3:00pm 4 days a week. I interviewed with the Tucson office. No chance for staying on afterward is what the supervisor told me. Oh...and they are only hiring "2" of the temp workers here. Great Fu%king opportunity!!!! And by the way, to that idiot poster "tom" (earlier)....i wish I knew where You were. If You were anywhere near me, I'ld give your rotton butt mouth something to eat your own words with!

October 30 2012 at 8:56 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
1 reply to mytinnmann's comment

Wow, what lowlife comments.

October 31 2012 at 2:32 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

temp, part-time, low pay no bennies - hell of a deal

October 30 2012 at 8:29 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
1 reply to ga7smi's comment

So if you are unemployed it's work and a paycheck ...even if it's for a few months...better than nothing.

October 31 2012 at 8:53 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

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