For some Chattanooga area people looking for work in the soft economy, Christmas has come in October, and they hope it will last long after New Year's Day.

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A steady stream of people walked out of Amazon's job staffing agency in Chattanooga last week with a seasonal post at the nation's No. 1 online retailer.

Some of them said they see working through the holidays at the company's Chattanooga distribution center as a stepping stone to catch on permanently with Amazon.

"If they were to have it, I'd like to get full-time," said Gladys Loubier of LaFayette, GA.

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