Toys R Us, Walmart, Kohl's annouce holiday hiring plans

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More retailers are starting to reveal seasonal hiring plans as holidays approach.

The Associated Press reports that Toys R Us will hire about 45,000 seasonal workers this year in stores and in distribution centers, roughly the same amount as last year.

The nationwide toy retailer will reportedly start hiring this week, and the temporary jobs will run through December. An estimated 15 percent of the hires will stay on as full-time employees.

The nationwide toy retailer's plans to hire the same amount as in 2012 differ greatly from Minneapolis-based Target Corp., which announced last week that it was planning on hiring 70,000 seasonal workers, down from 88,000 -- or 20 percent -- from last year.

Meanwhile, Walmart plans on hiring about 55,000 seasonal workers, up about 5,000 temporary hires from last year, CNBC reports. The retailer said it will also move 35,000 employees from temporary to part-time, and move an additional 35,000 part-time workers to full-time.

CNBC also says Kohl's will hire about 50,000 seasonal workers. While the retailer will be decreasing the number of temporary workers in stores, it will up the amount of position at distribution centers and credit operations.

While the nation’s retailers are bracing for a tough holiday shopping period after a slower back-to-school season, at least one research firm is projecting moderate growth, CNBC says.

Deloitte issued its holiday sales forecast Monday, estimating a rise in sales between four to four and a half percent from November to January, to a range of $963 billion to $967 billion.

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