With the Christmas shopping season just a few months away, many industries have been stepping up seasonal hiring efforts. This is especially true for toy stores, which are often a favorite among youngsters hoping to get the latest trendy products.
As a result of the anticipated increase in sales, Toys R Us stated that it is seeking to bring on 45,000 additional employees to help fill slots. Reuters reports that the franchise is just the latest to announce plans to increase seasonal employment. Prior to the Toys R Us announcement, Wal-Mart stated that it would be hiring 50,000 more workers for the holiday season, while Kohl's plans to add 52,700 in stores across the country.
Economic experts say that the number of workers would depend on consumer spending.
"Look for many to start at last year's levels and hire additional workers only if strong sales early in the season warrant it," John Challenger, chief executive of Challenger, Gray & Christmas, said, according to the source.
Not all major retailers are planning to increase staff levels as much as last year. The Chicago Tribune reports that Target is planning to hire between 80,000 and 90,000 seasonal workers, lower than the 92,000 hired last year.
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