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Mississippi Wal-Marts hiring nearly 1,000 workers for the holidays

AMANDA McCOY/SUN HERALD 
 Employees at the Wal-Mart store in Pass Christian and across South Mississippi are preparing for the holidays. Wal-Mart announced Tuesday the company will hire nearly 1,000 seasonal employees in Mississippi. Last year half of those hired temporarily for the holidays stayed on as regular employees.
AMANDA McCOY/SUN HERALD Employees at the Wal-Mart store in Pass Christian and across South Mississippi are preparing for the holidays. Wal-Mart announced Tuesday the company will hire nearly 1,000 seasonal employees in Mississippi. Last year half of those hired temporarily for the holidays stayed on as regular employees. SUN HERALD

Wal-Mart said Tuesday it will hire about 1,000 seasonal employees at its 82 stores in Mississippi for the holiday season.

The company said that starting salaries of at least $9 an hour are at least $1,75 an hour above the state and federal minimum wage.

Seasonal employees will be hired as sales associates, cashiers and stockers and Wal-Mart said many will continue as full-time employees.

"Last year more than half of Wal-Mart's seasonal employees nationwide continued with the retailer as permanent employees," the company said in a press release.

Current employees also can sign up to work additional hours, the company said. Wal-Mart employs more than 24,000 people in the state.

Wal-Mart hasn't yet announced when the Thanksgiving/Black Friday sales will begin, but said it has made a commitment to provide shoppers with quality customer service for those shopping in-store and online. Seasonal department manager will be hired to help customers pick up their online orders in the stores.

Applications are available here.

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