Holiday hiring ramps up with 19M jobs

TACOMA, WASHINGTON — As holiday hiring continues to heat up amid a workforce shortage impacting nearly every sector in the U.S., millions of the most in-demand jobs are sitting vacant for a month or longer, according to a new report out Oct. 13 from PeopleReady. Nineteen million jobs were posted between August and September this year, and 14 million job postings are currently active and waiting to be filled, according to the employment company, a TrueBlue company.

“From hospitality to retail, the workforce shortage will have a tremendous effect on holiday hiring this season,” Taryn Owen, president and COO, PeopleReady and PeopleScout, said in a news release. “Those jobs that have been easy to fill in prior years will see challenges this year. Temporary and part-time workers are vital during the holiday season, and companies are increasingly turning to staffing firms to help ensure that they have the workers they need to meet consumer demand.”

Based on its analysis of millions of job postings across the U.S., PeopleReady is also highlighting the most in-demand jobs for the upcoming holiday season, including:

Delivery drivers, retail associates, warehouse workers, servers and food service workers, hosts/hostesses and cleaners and housekeepers.

PeopleReady has 600-plus branch offices in all 50 states, Puerto Rico and Canada and served nearly 98,000 businesses and put around 221,000 people to work in 2020. Learn more at

Pawfest celebrates rescue dog Hannah

Every dog has its day, and Hannah’s day is almost here.

Curly’s Village Inn will present its 7th annual Pawfest 1-5 p.m. Oct. 16, with proceeds to benefit Humane Fort Wayne. Pawfest is in honor of Hannah, the rescue mascot of Curly’s, 4205 Bluffton Road, Fort Wayne. A vegan hot dog cart will be set up at Curly’s. A live auction with Mike Joyner begins at Curly’s at 2 p.m. Adoptable dogs from Humane Fort Wayne will be available to admire and meet. Due to limited space, dog owners are asked to leave their dogs at home for this event at Curly’s.

As part of the celebration, food trucks will offer hot dogs and hamburgers at nearby Eagles Aerie No. 248, 4940 Bluffton Road, beginning at 1 p.m. A 50/50 drawing and raffles will be held at the Eagles location, and guests can bring their canines here.

The Allen County S.P.C.A. and H.O.P.E. for Animals combined agencies on Jan. 1, creating Humane Fort Wayne. Visit for more information on the agency’s programs and to view photos of adoptable pets.

Rich’s celebrates shop dog’s birthday

Rich’s Auto Center, 2135 Sand Point Road, Fort Wayne, will offer Charlie’s Birthday Bash 1-3 p.m. Oct. 23.

The party for Charlie — the shop dog — is also a fundraiser for Fort Wayne Pet Food Pantry.

In lieu of gifts, guests are asked to bring pet food or cash for the pet food pantry.

Guests will be entered in a chance to win $250 worth of service. Cake and refreshments will be available for human guests. Dogs are welcome to come, on leash, to play in a fenced-in grass and asphalt area. The Pitbull Coalition will be on hand with some adoptable or fostered dogs to meet and greet and maybe find their forever family.

—From staff reports

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