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Wal-mart is upping its holiday hiring

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MONROE, La. (CBS & KNOE 8 News) - The world's largest retailer said that it is bringing on 55,000 seasonal workers to handle the Christmas rush this year. That's up from 50,000 last year.

With more than 4,000 locations across the country, that averages out to about 13 more workers per store. The 10% bump in Christmas-time hiring comes as Wal-mart, and retailers across the board have been hurting. Same-store sales at Wal-mart fell in the first half of the year, and it has cut sales forecasts for the rest of the year.

A Wal-mart spokesman says the company has opened several new stores in 2013, which is partly why the number of seasonal hires is higher. Just to compare with another major retailer, Target says they're actually hiring fewer holiday workers this year.

Target Corporation plans to hire about 70,000 employees. That's down from 88,000 seasonal workers last year.

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