(FOX 11) - Walmart said Thursday that it plans to hire more than 3,200 seasonal workers in California for the holiday season.
The positions include sales associates, cashiers and stockers. Some of those hired may be offered to stay on as full-time employees, according to the Associated Press.
Last year, more than half of Walmart's seasonal workers nationwide continued with the retailer as permanent employees.
Anyone interested in seasonal work opportunities with Walmart can apply online at jobs.walmart.com.
Walmart traditionally brings on additional help during the holiday season after offering current employees the opportunity to sign up for additional hours. Employees initially hired as seasonal sales associates, cashiers and stockers often continue as full-time employees and progress within the company. Last year, more than half of Walmart's seasonal employees nationwide continued with the retailer as permanent workers.
Walmart and Target, two of the biggest U.S. retailers, on Thursday rolled out plans to lure shoppers into stores during the holiday season that includes discounts, stepped-up marketing and spiffed up stores.
The moves illustrate how important the holiday shopping season is to retailers. It's a roughly two-month period that accounts on average for 20 percent of the retail industry's annual sales.
Both retail chains said discounting will be key. Walmart says it will be offering price cuts, or what it refers to as "rollbacks," starting Nov. 1, on thousands of holiday products that will last at least 90 days. That's the same time as a year ago. It also says it will offer fewer "weekend" only deals.
Target didn't provide specifics on its discounting, but in late September it said it would match its online prices with more than two dozen online competitors.