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 Local Sports

Halliday says he broke leg, not ankle

Fresh
Washington State head coach Mike Leach comforts quarterback Connor Halliday, center, as team physicians and trainers attend him during the first quarter of an NCAA college football game Saturday, Nov. 1, 2014, at Martin Stadium in Pullman, Wash. Halliday suffered a fractured right fibula, ending his college career. Southern California won 44-17.

WSU quarterback Connor Halliday says he broke his leg against Southern California, not his ankle as was widely reported.

in Sports

NFLPA appeals Adrian Peterson’s suspension

Fresh
demauricesmith

In a letter to its player representatives and executive committee obtained by AP Press, the NFLPA calls Goodell's punishment "unprecedented, arbitrary, and unlawful" and demands an , neutral arbitrator

in Sports

Buffalo Bills: $10/hour plus tickets to help us dig out

bills

The stadium is buried under 220,000 tons of snow and the team is scrambling to shovel it all in time for Sunday's game.

in Sports

NFL to relocate Bills home game against Jets

Fresh
cuomo

A league spokesman says a severe lake-effect snowstorm hitting Buffalo has led the NFL to relocate the Bills home game against the New York Jets

in Local Sports

Lombardi Award finalists announced

Fresh
kikaha

UW's Hau'oli Kikaha is among the finalist for the Lombardi Award, which goes to the best college football lineman or linebacker.