J.C. Penney needs help for the back-to-school shopping rush.

The company plans to hire 150 seasonal associates throughout metro Detroit as cashiers, stockers and beauty consultants. The company is hiring 600 people in Michigan, 100 more than last year, and 18,000 across the country.

The Plano, Texas-based retailer also is seeking full-time experienced hair stylists, who can set their own hours and pricing.

Seasonal and full associates receive up to 25 percent discounts.

Candidates can apply at in-store kiosks or online at

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