GameStop Joins Other Retailers as it Steps Up Holiday Hiring

GameStop will hire more than 28,000 part-time workers for the holiday shopping season, up 12 percent from last year, the gaming retailer said Tuesday.

The jobs will be added at the company's 6,800 stores or at its warehouses in Texas and Kentucky. Hiring begins in the next few days and runs through October, with the jobs lasting through Jan. 8, according to GameStop Corp., which is based in Grapevine, Texas.

GameStop follows other retailers who are brining on more workers than in years past as the U.S. economic recovery continues.

On Tuesday, the private Conference Board reported that U.S. consumers' assessment of present economic conditions rose to the highest level in eight years in September. More than 25 percent of Americans said jobs were plentiful, highest share since September 2007.

Part of that is due to hiring.  Unemployment has dropped to a seven-year low 5.1 percent.

That has re-invigorated consumer spending and retailers are getting ready for a healthier shopping season.

Wal-Mart is hiring 60,000 employees to meet increased shopping demand. Kohl's Corp. expects to hire more than 69,000 workers, up from 67,000 in the 2014 holiday season.

Toys R Us plans to hire 40,000 people to work at stores and distribution centers around the country, but that is down from 45,000 last holiday season.

Plano-based JCPenney said they'll hire about 650 workers in the North Texas area this holiday season.

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