Many of the largest retailers in the United States are planning a major hiring push ahead of the holiday shopping season to meet higher consumer demand.

A recent report from the National Retail Federation (NRF) revealed that stores are planning to hire between 585,00 and 625,000 workers for seasonal employment. In addition, the NRF stated that it expected holiday sales to increase by 4.1 percent to reach a total of $586.1 billion.

According to the head of the NRF, Matthew Shay, the busy time of year benefits those looking for work and also gives them the chance to earn extra income by working extended hours.

“The retail industry creates hundreds of thousands of jobs every holiday season by adding new staff in stores, distribution centers, and customer service departments across the country," said Shay in a statement. "In addition to the newly created jobs, many retailers also offer existing staff the opportunity to work longer hours if they want.”

Walmart is one of the retailers planning to make major hiring increases in the near future. The world's largest retailer stated that it would be hiring 50,000 more employees to handle the added foot traffic at stores, the Chicago Tribune reports.

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