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Sixty-three percent of hiring managers plan to hire for holiday employment, which is the highest level in five years and a jump from 51 percent in 2011, according to a survey commissioned by Snagajob, an hourly employment network.

Respondents say they plan to hire an average of 6.1 seasonal workers, on average, an increase from last year’s 4.1 workers and 2009’s 3.1 workers. Among respondents who anticipate improved fourth-quarter sales from 2011, there is a net score of plus 20 for an expected sales increase, the survey finds, while 2011’s positive sales only hit a plus seven margin.

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