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October 1st, 2012Happy holidays: Retailers Hiring More Workers for Christmas Crush

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by Michael McCord
SeacoastOnline.com

Newington, NH - Will a sizable bump in national consumer confidence from August to September lead to a strong holiday sales season for retailers?

The large national retailer Kohl’s signaled it is betting “yes,” when it announced last week a plan to hire 52,700 holiday-season workers nationwide, up 10 percent from last year. Another national chain, Walmart, said it would add 50,000 holiday workers, a small increase over 2011, while Toys “R” Us said it would add 45,000, up 5,000 from a year ago. Target said it estimates increasing its holiday staffing by up to 90,000 workers, a slight decrease from 92,000 in 2011.

Kohl’s, which has locations in Seabrook and Newington, said it could hire an average of 41 associates per store at its 1,146 stores in 49 states. The company also anticipates hiring approximately 5,700 seasonal positions at distribution centers and more than 30 seasonal credit operations positions.

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