United Parcel Service Inc. UPS, -0.07% said Monday it expects to hire about 100,000 seasonal employees for the holiday season, up from 95,000 a year ago. The seasonal hires will primarily be package handlers, drivers and driver-helpers. Over the last 3 years, 35% of the package handlers hired during the holiday season, which begins November and continues through January, were later hired in permanent positions. UPS’s announcement comes after XPO Logistics Inc. XPO, -1.41% said it would hire 33% more seasonal workers this year than it did last year. UPS shares slipped 0.5% in morning trade. It has gained 2.7% over the past three months, while the Dow Jones Transportation Average DJT, -0.43% has gained 3.7% and the Dow Jones Industrial Average DJIA, -0.10% has advanced 4.3%.

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