The Washington Post

Walmart plans fewer holiday hires

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Walmart, the largest privatesec­tor employer in the United States, aims to hire 40,000 seasonal workers for the holiday season this year — a sizable decrease from 2021.

A year ago, the retail giant said it would add 150,000 jobs, many of them permanent, during the year’s busiest shopping season. In the coming months, Walmart will start by offering additional hours to current employees who want to work more, according to a company statement. After that, it will look to hire outside help.

This year’s hiring plan signals less need for extra staffing as U.S. consumers contend with the highest inflation in four decades. While Walmart’s sales are expected to rise in dollar terms during the company’s third and fourth quarters, the gain is expected to be powered in part by higher prices.

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