The Norman Transcript

Editorials

September 25, 2013

Seasonal hiring hints at retail expectations

NORMAN — Even before economists begin looking at holiday shopping estimates, they are looking at holiday hiring trends. Retailers often start their hiring sprees long before shoppers make their lists.

Wal-Mart, the nation’s largest private retailer, plans to hire 55,000 seasonal workers and will elevate another 70,000 more to full and part-time positions as the holiday season ramps up, according to an Associated Press report.

The Arkansas-based company has 1.3 million full-time and part-time workers in the U.S.

Many of those new positions will come with benefits, too. Wal-Mart said workers hired before February 2012 get benefits if they work 24 hours or more per week. Employees hired later get benefits if they work 30 hours or more a week.

Earlier, Target Stores said it is looking to hire 70,000 workers, down slightly from a year ago. Kohl’s Corp. said that it plans to hire about 53,000 seasonal workers, slightly more than last year.

Stores are ramping up, but overall holiday hiring is expected to be relatively flat. Cautious consumers are still a bit uncertain about the economy’s direction. Retailers say as much as 40 percent of their sales come in the year’s final quarter.

1
Text Only | Photo Reprints
Editorials
  • There’s no need to fix system that’s working

    Lawmaker attempts to alter the way judges are selected are being challenged by the state’s lawyers. More than 1,800 signatures on a state bar association petition urging a “no” vote on Senate Joint Resolution 21 have been gathered in just ...

    April 18, 2014

  • On the side of openness

    Oklahoma Gov. Mary Fallin has been criticized for failing to release emails and other information sought by press outlets who believe it was covered under the state’s Open Records Act. Now, Fallin is coming down on the side of keeping the ...

    April 18, 2014

  • A raise for troopers, but what about others?

    Oklahoma Highway Patrol troopers could see an increase in their paychecks during the state’s next fiscal year, which begins in July....

    April 17, 2014

  • Top honors for NPS

    Top honors keep rolling in for both of Norman’s high schools. The district learned this past week that Norman High School and Norman North High School have been recognized as two of the most rigorous high schools in the country and in the ...

    April 16, 2014

  • Wind power bursting

    There are a few wind generators dotting the Norman skyline, but western and northwestern Oklahoma makes up for the deficit here. An industry group this week said Oklahoma ranks fourth nationally in the amount of wind-generated ...

    April 16, 2014

  • Protect your home from wildfires

    To most people, fuel is what you put into your gas tank. To firefighters, it means something altogether different. To people who make a living putting out fires, fuel is that material that feeds wildfires — and there is an abundance of it ...

    April 12, 2014

  • Let’s toast: Main Street bridge nearly complete

    It was January 2013 when crews began knocking down the Main Street bridge over Interstate 35. The timeline on completion has always been this May. If everything comes together and the weather holds for the next few days, the overpass and ...

    April 11, 2014

  • Yes to Capitol and museum

    Two major spending bills have emerged from the powerful House Appropriations and Budget Committee headed by Norman Rep. Scott Martin. Both are up for passage in the full House of Representatives. We believe both deserve passage....

    April 11, 2014

  • Assistance needed

    The planned reopening of the Canadian River bridge connecting Purcell and Lexington is still more than two months away. Some of the businesses that depended on cross-bridge trade may not make it that long....

    April 11, 2014

  • Voters need speak up

    As candidates gear up to get their names on the ballot this year, it also may be time for voters to take some initiative, too....

    April 9, 2014