News

Toys R Us to hire 45K workers for Black Friday

Toys R Us to hire 45K workers for Black Friday

Toys R Us plans to hire 45,000 workers nationwide. Photo: Associated Press

NEW YORK (AP) — Toys R Us plans to hire 45,000 seasonal workers at its stores and distribution centers, the same number as last year, as it ramps up for the all-important holiday season.

Coming off a slower-than-expected back-to-school season, analysts and stores are bracing for a tough holiday shopping period, which accounts for as much as 40 percent of stores’ annual revenue.

Stores typically begin to hire for the holidays in mid-September and ramp up hiring in mid-October.

Overall holiday hiring is expected to be relatively flat because of cautious consumer spending and uncertainty about the economic environment. Employer consulting firm Challenger, Gray & Christmas Inc. estimates that overall seasonal hiring will not change significantly from last year’s total, when hiring rose 14 percent to 751,800 positions between Oct. 1 and Dec. 31.

Recent Headlines

in National, World

Netanyahu says Iran is threat to Israel, world

netanyahuspeech

The Israeli Prime Minister called for action over Iran's nuclear program.

in Local

Final jury to be chosen in Boston Marathon bombing trial

Tsarnaev

Just one final step remains before a jury is seated in the federal death penalty trial of Boston Marathon bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev.

in Local

Baker: I’ll reduce number of Massachusetts homeless families

Charlie Baker

Efforts to catch families before they fall into homelessness would get a boost under a plan being pushed by Gov. Charlie Baker.

in Local

Massachusetts delegation divided on Netanyahu speech

elizabeth warren

Massachusetts' all-Democratic congressional delegation is split over the decision of Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to accept an invitation by House Republicans to address a session of Congress.

in Local

Amherst Plans For Blarney Blowout

by Jason Picard, Courtesy of Daily Hampshire Gazette

Six downtown Amherst bars have agreed to delay their opening time Saturday until the late afternoon.