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Wal-Mart ups holiday hiring 10%, with plans to hire 55,000 temporary workers

Bentonville, Ark. -- Wal-Mart Stores, Inc. plans to hire 55,000 seasonal associates for the 2013 holiday season, up from 50,000 last year. In addition, the retailer intends to 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 VP, CEO, Wal-Mart 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.

Chief Wal-Mart rival Target Corp. reportedly plans to hire 70,000 seasonal workers for the upcoming holiday season, about 20% less than the 88,000 seasonal workers it hired for last year’s holiday season.

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