'Tis the season for shopping, and many businesses need some extra elves to help.
Shops and restaurants up and down State Street already have "help wanted" signs posted for the holiday rush.
Jerry O'Brien, executive director at the UW Center for Retailing Excellence, said businesses could not make it through this season without additional employees.
"Most retailers, this month makes or breaks the year," O?Brien said.
O?Brien said there is less time to shop this holiday season. With Thanksgiving coming later this year, the time between Black Friday and Christmas is cut short by almost one week. O?Brien said that could have some effect on hiring decisions.
"I think they will hire fewer people. They have less time, so really, just how much can you squeeze in at a time?" O?Brien said. "But also, there?s been a lot of changes in their ability to hire smarter. They're better at measuring when they will be busy."