Kohl's to Hire 40,000 Temp Workers this Holiday SeasonRetailer Kohl's Corps (KSS) said on Wednesday that it plans to hire 40,000 temporary workers during this year's holiday season at stores, distribution centers and credit operations nationwide -- 7,000 more than last year. The 21% increase in hiring comes in anticipation of a stronger holiday season.

"This holiday, we're pleased to create tens of thousands of jobs across the country to serve our customers during this exciting time of year," said Senior Vice President John Worthington.

The department store operator anticipates hiring an average of 35 associates per store to support 1,089 stores that Kohl's operates in 49 states. In addition, the company anticipates hiring 2,200 people at its distribution centers, and 60 associates at its credit operations, for a total of 40,375 associates.

Seasonal associates can work anywhere from a few hours to more than 20 hours per week, Kohl's added. Hiring began this month, and most jobs will be filled by mid-November.

The increase should come as no surprise, as the shopping season this year has been forecast to be stronger than in 2009. Comparable chain stores sales should increase between 3% and 3.5% during the key period for retailers, the International Council of Shopping Centers predicted Tuesday, according to the Dow Jones.

In recent weeks, Toys R Us, Macy's (M), Pier 1, American Eagle Outfitters (AEO) and Borders Group (BGP) said they plan to hire more temporary holiday workers this year than they did in 2009. Overall, the Associated Press reported that retailers will hire between 550,000 and 650,000 jobs this holiday season, according to Challenger, Gray and Christmas -- more than last year, when retailers added 501,400 temporary workers, but far less than 2007, when retailers added a whopping 720,800 temp positions.

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Fred

Let's see, so you LAND A LOW PAYING PART TIME JOB AT KOHL'S, Now since you have a job you have to give up your unemployment. Your income will be next to nothing since social security and tax's among other things come out of your part time check. If you are lucky they will see protincial in you and keep you, thats a gamble. If not the Holidys are over and you go back on unemployment. So you have lost income during the Holiday Seasons, Merry Christmas, The Goverment has won again.

October 08 2010 at 12:28 PM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply
targetg

Wait a minute! They just laid off full time employees all across the country who were earning between $9-$12 per hour! Some "journalist" ought to do some digging into this. It sounds more like getting rid of "FTE's" in favor of part time, seasonal help to dump costs associated with benefits.

October 08 2010 at 9:12 AM Report abuse +2 rate up rate down Reply
ann

While these PART-TIME, few-hours jobs are better than nothing.......Americans can only hope that this is NOT the new way of corporate hiring and the ONLY employment that will be available in the future......if it is then America is FINISHED!!!

October 08 2010 at 7:51 AM Report abuse +2 rate up rate down Reply
jadeonthego

if you are out of work this is great, if you need extra income this is always good, but to work for retail chains, they do not hire to many full time persons, this way they make you work 30-35 hours as a part time, get paid minimum wage, no benefits, well discount card benefits some retail stores, which are wasteful. so these jobs are not something a person needs to support a family. this is a job for college students or retirees.. Kohls take a look at the unemployment status in this country, person with no benefits, maybe after you realize how bad this economy is, you will consider to hire full time with benefits and help out the american people

October 07 2010 at 1:41 AM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply
windchasr

Yes, most part-time jobs at Kohl's are minimum wage positions, but Kohl's is one of the few places that offers health benefits for part-time workers. I'm retired but work for the insurance; I consider myself fortunate to have the opportunity to do so until I can get Medicare. I've worked for Kohl's for over two years and have been treated very well throughout. I have a masters degree and over thirty years of professional experience but was laid off. Actually, I've enjoyed the challenge of working in a new field. Please don't put down honest work because that also puts down the worker doing it.

October 07 2010 at 12:32 AM Report abuse +4 rate up rate down Reply
realrambo

only to fire them new years eve .

October 07 2010 at 12:32 AM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply
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syntheticlubeguy

I hired on as a seasonal driver at UPS and on Christmas Eve all of the temps were let go. We knew it was coming so it was not a surprise. That was in '87. I managed to survive since then. Going into 20th year at Costco now so I guess I didn't do too bad.

October 07 2010 at 5:46 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
bobsomm

realrembo said ... only to fire tehm new years eve. What's your point RR? They are not fired on New Year's Eve. The term of the agreement expires. I am retired but worked for the Census brureau this past summer. When the work was done, we were no longer needed. If Stores need help during certain times and then do not need the help, are you proposing that stores continue to carry the employees when there is insufficient work to justify it? Fruit and Vegetable pickers flock to farms for harvest every year. Would you say the farmer fires them when there is no produce to gather? Sorry folks, just did not like his or her tone. Seems to be poking an acusatory finger at stores because they hire for surge requirements and then let the people go. It is not like the Stores try to trick the folks and then pull the rug out. It is just the way business has been working since time immemorial. If I misread you RR, I apologize. If you were being snide, I suggest you get back on youjr meds. Peace folks, Bob

October 08 2010 at 2:37 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
mccoy

You guys disrespected President Bush at every turn.

October 07 2010 at 12:05 AM Report abuse -2 rate up rate down Reply
LotusBlossom

No where is it stated that these are "good" jobs. They are temporary, holiday seasonal jobs. Do you need to disrepect the President at every turn? Lighten up and let the people who want a little extra money, for a short time, go out and get it. Don't be a hater---it shows your small intellect.

October 06 2010 at 10:43 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
lewelbrooks

Kohl's wasted a lot of my time. Went there to buy a watch they advertised and was told they did not have it..come back in 3 days and we will save it for you. Went back in 3 days still no watch. Was told they ordered it from another branch and to pick it up next week. Came back in a week,still no watch. Forget Khols..will never go there again cos they are untrustworthy

October 06 2010 at 9:37 PM Report abuse -2 rate up rate down Reply
mccoy

Oh I bet the Obummer administration is going to jump all over this, saying they created the jobs and not mention that the jobs are only temporary (they will spin that part).

October 06 2010 at 9:01 PM Report abuse -1 rate up rate down Reply