Published: Oct 01, 2010 5:02 PM EDT
Updated: Oct 01, 2010 1:51 PM EDT

FORT MYERS, Fla. - With the holiday shopping blitz right around the corner, stores are looking to beef up its staff. Major retail chains are expected to add more seasonal help this year. Toys-R-Us says it will add 45,000 jobs and Macy's expects to hire 65,000 with some of them turning into permanent jobs.

Overall, retailers will add between 550,000 and 650,000 jobs.

Locally, the Best Buy in Pagefield Commons in Fort Myers has already started the hiring process. The general manager says he plans to add 30 to 40 jobs with 15 to 20 percent of them staying as permanent employees.

The holidays are crucial to stores making up 40 percent of annual sales.

Although this is good news, the jobs probably won't put a dent in the 10 percent national unemployment rate. Still, retail experts predict Americans will spend one to three percent more this holiday season.