Wal-Mart says it will hire 60,000 workers for the holiday season, the same number as last year

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Wal-Mart says it will hire 60,000 employees to meet increased shopping demand over the holiday season.

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The world's largest retailer said Thursday it will have more employees in stores, more registers open during peak hours, and will add department managers at 3,500 stores. Wal-Mart Stores Inc. says current employees will have the first choice to pick up additional hours.

The Bentonville, Arkansas-based company also hired 60,000 people for holiday season jobs last year and says over half stayed with the company after the holidays.

Earlier this year Wal-Mart raised its minimum wage to $9 an hour from $7.25 and said it would give employees more control over their schedules.

Retailers Kohl's and Toys R Us and shipping companies FedEx and UPS also announced their holiday hiring plans this week.