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Retailer begins its seasonal employee hiring blitz

Kohl's Department Stores is beginning to hire more than 50,000 seasonal workers ahead of the holiday shopping season.

The company announced last week that it plans to hire nearly 53,000 seasonal employees for its 1,158 stores this year, up slightly from last year. While the exact number of people hired will vary depending on the location, the company said the average store is expected to hire about 40 new employees this year.

The Wisconsin-based department store chain has seven stores in West Virginia, including locations in Charleston, Barboursville and Beckley.

Michelle Gass, Kohl's chief customer officer, said the extra employees are needed to make sure stores can continue providing excellent customer service during the busiest shopping time of the year.

"These additional associates will help us provide an enjoyable and convenient shopping experience to our valued customers," Gass said.

The seasonal employees will work anywhere from a few hours to more than 20 hours each week leading up to Christmas. Typical jobs include unloading trucks, freight processing, stocking and cash register duties.

In addition to the 53,000 in-store workers, the company also plans to hire about 6,400 workers at its ten distribution centers nationwide and another 350 employees in its credit operations division.

Hiring began this month for the seasonal in-store positions. The company said it hopes to have all positions filled by mid-November.

Anyone interested in applying for the positions should visit should visit the company's jobs website,, select the stores tab and click on the hourly positions available link.

The seasonal associate job listing was open for all West Virginia stores last week.

While Kohl's is planning to increase its number of seasonal workers this year, Target Corp. is not.

The company announced Friday it would hire about 70,000 seasonal workers this year, 18,000 less than one year ago.

The Minneapolis-based retail chain said it is trying to be more efficient in its hiring practices. The company said many of its permanent employees have asked to get first dibs on working extra hours for the holiday season.

Jodee Kozlak, executive vice president of human resources, said employees who choose to work extra for this holiday seasons will be able to add 5 to 10 percent to their working hours compared to last year.

Analysts and retailers have reported this year's back-to-school shopping season was much slower than expected. Many are now bracing for a tough holiday shopping period, which accounts for as much as 40 percent of stores' annual revenues.

While the labor and housing markets have improved somewhat this year, those improvements have not been strong enough to sustain higher levels of spending for most shoppers.

Many stores, including Target, have lowered their expectations for the rest of the year, citing a tougher-than-expected spending environment.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

Contact writer Jared Hunt at or 304-348-4836.


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