Kohl's Adding 40,000 Seasonal Jobs Ahead Of Holidays

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Kohl's plans to hire more than 40,000 seasonal workers in anticipation of the holiday shopping season, the Wisconsin-based retail chain said Tuesday.

In a statement, the company said its plans mirror those of last year, when Kohl's hired an average of 35 employees for each of its department stores. The mid-priced retailer operates 1,127 in 49 states.

Kohl's also said that it anticipates hiring some 2,500 seasonal workers for positions at distribution centers and more than 500 seasonal and full-time credit operations employees.

Kohl's began hiring this month, and expects most jobs to be filled by mid-November. The retailer sells a variety of goods, including clothing, shoes and home furnishings.

Typical store jobs include unloading trucks, freight processing, stocking and cash register duties. Holiday positions are also being filled at the company's distribution centers, where hiring began in August.

Workers employed at Kohl's credit operations perform a variety of jobs, including assisting customers with Kohls.com orders, the company said.

Kohl's recorded a 17 percent rise in profit during its fiscal second quarter, despite disappointing same-store-sales growth, The Wall Street Journal noted.

Kohl's is the latest in a string of retailers to announce increased hiring for the holiday season. Last month, Macy's and Toys R Us said they each planned to hire tens of thousands of seasonal workers, while Internet shoe-retailer Zappos said it would add 3,000 temporary employees.

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