Georgians looking to pick up some extra work for the holidays probably won’t see more opportunity to do that this year than in recent years. Retailers are forecasting about 20,000 seasonal jobs in Georgia for October, November and December, according to the Georgia Retail Association. That tracks closely with last year’s hiring.
Early holiday sales forecasts look positive for the nation’s stores, with the National Retail Federation predicting 4 percent growth. Georgia retailers expect even healthier growth in the final months of the year.
Georgians only have a few months left to buy over the Internet and avoid sales taxes through some retailers. A new law will force some online sellers to start collecting sales tax. Brick-and-mortar shop owners call it a first step toward leveling the playing field.
Georgia retailers are fighting to bring back the sales tax holiday this year. The lobbying effort comes despite state lawmakers’ reluctance, and the Tax Reform Council’s recommendation, to not bring it back.