According to the National Retail Federation, the holiday season can represent as much as 30 percent of annual sales for a store. Each year, hundreds of thousands of jobs are created specifically to handle the inevitable rush of holiday shoppers. Local retailers are working to beef up their workforce, opening up a variety of possibilities for those in need of a job. The Associated Press reported Macy’s intends to hire 83,000 people nationally, translating locally to about 25 new sales, support and stocking positions. J.C. Penney is preparing for its own hiring push next week. General manager Brandy Reddy said her store is seeking about 60 employees for the holiday season. Kohl’s plans to hire roughly 50 people.