Aug 31 - Japanese retailer Uniqlo launches a hiring campaign in the U.S. amid signs corporations are cutting fewer jobs, but private job creation slowed for a second month in a row. Jill Bennett reports.
Frustrated job hunters, including David Whitley, turned out in force when retailer Uniqlo announced plans to add up to 12-hundred jobs in New York City. Whitley, who worked in bookkeeping and payroll is hoping to land a job as a store manager. DAVID WHITLEY, JOB HUNTER, MANHATTAN (ENGLISH) SAYING: "In looking for a job you try to be flexible and also you try to see what other avenues are open to you". LaKeisha Morgan has been looking for a retail job for nearly 6 months and is hoping for a job in the stock room at one of Uniqlo's 2 planned stores opening in Manhattan in October. SOUNDBITE: LAKEISHA MORGAN, JOB HUNTER, THE BRONX (ENGLISH) SAYING: "I know I can definitely grow at this company and I like the clothes and things the styles so I think I'll definitely be a good fit for this company." It is the Japanese-based retailer's first job fair in the U.S. - and it is focused on finding candidates who offer great customer service - from the first handshake. Sandy Wang, HR Generalist, Uniqlo USA: SOUNDBITE; SANDY WANG, HR GENERALIST, UNIQLO USA (ENGLISH) SAYING: "We get inundated with a lot of inquiries about when can I start? How do I apply? So we are actually at a very fortunate position, but again we want to choose the best of the best to help our business and to build the brand in the US." Uniqlo is putting out the help wanted sign at a time when the job market is stumbling. A report from payroll processor ADP shows private hiring slowed for the second consecutive month in August. Meanwhile, a separate survey from Challenger, Gray and Christmas showed job cut announcements were up sharply from a year ago, but down for the first time in four months. Those reports come ahead of President Obama's new jobs recovery plan to be released next week. And the Labor Department's monthly jobs report is due Friday. The job crunch puts employers such as Uniqlo in the enviable position of fulfilling their goal of hiring "the best of the best", maybe that includes David Whitley who made it to round two in the interview process. Jill Bennett, Reuters