GameStop said Tuesday it plans to hire about 15,000 seasonal, part-time workers to help with the holiday rush.
But the video-game retailer also said it expects more applicants for the minimum-wage jobs than in previous years because of the recession that has left millions unemployed.
GameStop usually hires temporary employees in the fall, until Dec. 24, and said Tuesday the number of the new part-time workers this year is "consistent with" its seasonal hiring in 2008 and 2007.
The retailer said the move will temporarily increase the company's employee base by 46%. The number of its in-store "game advisors" -- people who help shoppers pick out video games -- will grow by about 78%. The company said the temporary jobs are spread out evenly across its stores around the United States.