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Top 10 Companies Hiring for Job Seekers

TIM SLOAN/AFP/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- With the U.S. economy gaining some traction at long last, big companies that had all but halted hiring in the past few years seem to be coming back in a big way by adding thousands of jobs.

McDonald's, Intel and Google are three of the 10 companies featured by online publication 24/7 Wall Street in a study of companies that are hiring this year.

The study by the publication and employment consulting firm Challenger Gray & Christmas analyzed data from the past year to create a list of companies that are adding the most jobs.

Take a look at the top 10 companies hiring:

1. Home Depot Increase: 60,000

The building supply company is gearing up for its booming sales season by adding seasonal and full-time employees.

2. McDonald's Increase: 50,000

The fast-food company will begin its new campaign to redefine the "McJob" by hiring thousands of workers in positions that range from entry level to management.

3. Lowes Increase: 10,000

In January, the company announced plans to add 8,000 to 10,000 to hourly and part-time jobs, mostly on weekends.

4. Ford Increase: 7,000

The company announced it will add 7,000 hourly and salaried positions over the next year in positions ranging from engineering to manufacturing.

5. Google Increase: 6,200

Earlier this year, the internet search giant announced plans to boost its workforce by about 25 percent.

6. Intel Increase: 4,000

The CEO of Intel, Paul Otellini, announced plans to add 4,000 U.S. jobs this year in product development and research and development.

7. Quintiles Increase: 1,700

The pharmaceutical company continues its hiring plans despite layoffs earlier this year.

8. Increase: 1,600

The mammoth online retail giant plans to add 1,600 jobs to its payroll.  The online shopping Web site has openings for software developers and advertising salespeople in its careers section.

9. YRC Worldwide Increase: 1,100

The transportation provider announced an initiative to hire more sales professionals in the U.S.

10. Wells Fargo Increase: 1,000

The banking institute is adding positions in the Maryland, Washington, D.C. and Virginia area for jobs that range from teller to store manager at the previously acquired Wachovia bank.

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