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December 2016 Data Released on 01.13.2017Year-End Hiring Stays Strong; Up 7% in 2016December hiring activity was the strongest in many years, according to winejobs.com, rising 6% versus December 2015 and finishing the year 7% higher on a 12-month basis. Robust demand for direct-to-consumer, retail and tasting room staff was entirely responsible for the December lift.
Winery Job Index » Month 12 Months December 2016 150 6% 288 7% December 2015 141 270
The Winery Job Index rose 6% in December 2016, increasing to 150 from 141 in December 2015. The increase made for the second-strongest December in the past 10 years.
The winemaking job index edged down 2% in December 2016 from a year earlier, hitting 98 – its lightest level since November 2015.
Sales and marketing hiring slowed in December 2016, but the index remained unchanged from a year earlier at 142.
Direct-to-consumer hiring slowed in December, an established seasonal trend, but the index was 21% above December 2015 at 200.