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Walmart to increase holiday hiring, Target easing back

September 23 2013

Walmart reported today plans to hire 55,000 seasonal associates for the upcoming holiday season, up from 50,000 last year. Separately, The Associated Press reported Target plans to hire 70,000 seasonal workers this year, down from last year.

Walmart also announced that it will transition more than 35,000 associates from temporary to part-time and another 35,000 associates from part-time to full-time.

“Our associates have always been the key to Walmart’s success, and that’s especially true during the holidays,” said Gisel Ruiz, executive vice president and chief operating officer of Walmart U.S. “We know our associates are going to deliver for our customers, so we are going to deliver for our associates. In addition to the traditional hiring of seasonal help, we are expanding opportunities for the people that already work for us.”

The Associated Press reported that Target's plan to hire 70,000 seasonal workers is down from the 88,000 it planned to hire for last year's holiday season.

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