Seasonal Employment Survey: More Than Half of Young People Interested in Temporary Jobs

As the holidays approach, many Americans are looking for temporary jobs to help stores and similar businesses through the rush period, while making some extra income in the process. How many Americans are currently looking for seasonal employment for this year? And how many have held seasonal jobs at some point?

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Job Hunting

In Ask Your Target Market’s latest survey, 8% of respondents said that they have already started looking for seasonal employment for this winter. Another 13% said that they do plan to look for seasonal employment this winter. 17% said they might be interested in looking for seasonal employment. And 62% said they don’t plan to look for any seasonal employment opportunities. Of respondents under 25, only 41% said they aren’t interested in any seasonal job opportunities this winter.

Seasonal Employment

But overall, 12% of American respondents said that they have held multiple seasonal jobs at some point. Another 21% said that they have had one seasonal job at some point. And 67% have never had a seasonal job.

Of those who have had seasonal jobs, 43% said that they took place during the winter months. 15% had seasonal jobs during the spring. 29% worked seasonal jobs during the summer months. And just 13% said that they have had seasonal jobs during fall.

Job Types

Since many of these jobs have taken place during the holiday shopping months, it makes sense that 45% of those who have had seasonal jobs worked in retail. 21% said that they worked at seasonal jobs in food service. Just 10% said they’ve had seasonal office or clerical type jobs. And 23% said they had other types of seasonal jobs, such as lifeguard, agriculture, and landscaping or construction.

You can view the complete survey results in the widget below and be sure to click “Open Full Report” to take advantage of all the chart and filter options.

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What do you want to know? If you need some consumer insights on a particular topic, let us know in the comments below and we’ll consider it for an upcoming survey post.

Results were collected on November 1 via AYTM’s online survey panel.

Anne Pilon brings 3 years experience to AYTM as a blogger and journalist. She has a degree in journalism and marketing communications from Columbia College in Chicago and enjoys writing about business, marketing, social media, and art.