Support American jobs this Thanksgiving weekend
Now that the truly serious people have finished their holiday shopping and the weak have been trampled underfoot, the rest of us will start getting around to it.
If you're working like a normal person or staying in like a smart person today, it's safe to say it's worth some dollars to you to pick up gifts without getting your ribs broken or your name cursed by a hard-elbowed granny fierce. But if finding the absolute cheapest prices isn't your shopping ethic, you still need one. The holidays are when Americans part with most of their discretionary funds -- and if we're going to spend it, we should send it to companies that are hiring Americans. Here in Washington, we're lucky enough to see Help Wanted signs here and there, but companies all over are hiring in dribs and drabs. Hourly Careers compiled a list of companies hiring for the holidays, and CBS Moneywatch lists some. You can reward companies that have been hiring this year. Some of the recent hirers: Best Buy, Kohl's, UPS, Macy's, Target, Sears, JC Penney, AT&T, Kmart, Verizon, Toys R Us, Radio Shack, Nordstrom, and Fed Ex.
The best part is that these are some of the big-box, buncha-stuff retailers that you'd probably hit anyway and that are probably near you. The worst part is that the list is not particularly local or small-business-oriented. That's when the help-wanted signs or knowing someone who just got hired can really help -- or you can note in the comments smaller stores, businesses and restaurants that aren't sitting on their cash but betting on the economy where it counts.
This year give the greatest gift of all -- jobs.
| November 26, 2010; 3:32 PM ET
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