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Macy’s plans to hire 83K employees for holiday season

NEW YORK — Macy’s Inc. announced Tuesday plans to hire 83,000 employees for the 2016 holiday season, an increase of 3,000 jobs compared to last year.

Seasonal associate positions will be available at Macy’s and Bloomingdale’s stores, call centers, distribution centers and online fulfillment centers, according to a news release. Most of these positions are part-time but have the potential for opportunities within the company after the holiday rush dies down.

The company also announced its first national holiday hiring day, scheduled to be held on Sept. 30.

Candidates can visit any Macy’s, Bloomingdale’s and Macy’s Backstage locations between 2 and 8 p.m. that day after checking macysJOBS.com and bloomingdalesJOBS.com ahead of time to see open positions and opportunities for on-site interviews.

The company is offering thousands of positions nationwide in order to alleviate extra stresses during the holiday season.

“However our customers connect with us — in stores, online and mobile, or over the phone — Macy’s and Bloomingdale’s shoppers have come to appreciate the higher level of our staffing and service throughout the Christmas and holiday season, and our associates love the merchandise discount and income-earning opportunities at this special time of the year,” Macy’s Inc. chairman and CEO Terry J. Lundgren said in a news release.

Around 15,000 of the positions will be “direct-to-consumer” based, meaning sales associates positions in Macy’s Inc. “megacenters” in locations such as Secaucus, New Jersey and Cheshire, Connecticut, among others.

About 1,000 people will be hired for roles that support the 90th Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade and other holiday events like Santaland, according to a news release.