Macy’s to increase holiday hires by 4%

Cincinnati -- Macy’s said it plans to hire approximately 78,000 seasonal associates for its Macy’s and Bloomingdale’s stores, call centers, distribution centers and online fulfillment centers nationwide for the 2011 holiday season. The total is up about 4% from the approximately 75,000 seasonal associates the chain hired last year.

“We expect additional hiring this year given the continued sales growth in our business – both in-store and online,” said Terry J. Lundgren, Macy’s, chairman, president and CEO.

The chain estimated that same-store sales for the final two quarters of its fiscal year, which include the holiday period, would rise 4% to 4.5% over last year.

Kohl's and J.C. Penney are planning to hire about the same number of seasonal workers as last year.