(CINCINNATI) -- The economy may be down but at least one department store chain is planning for a robust 2011 holiday shopping season.
Macy's announced Monday that it plans to 78,000 people to work the holidays on sales floors, in call centers and at shipping hubs. The latest plans marks a 4 percent increase in seasonal hiring from last year's 75,000 workers.
"We always hire aggressively during the holidays to ensure our customers are well-served in this important shopping period. We expect additional hiring this year given the continued sales growth in our business -- both in-store and online," said Macy's CEO Terry Lundgren.
Macy's will begin hiring for store sales positions next month. Hiring in distribution centers and store receiving has already begun.
Most of the positions will be part-time, however, the department store notes that some employees hired for the holidays may be offered year-round work depending on their skill and performance levels.
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