The Federal Deposit Insurance Corp. said Tuesday that it plans to hire 150 examiners next year - the first time it has added examiner jobs since 1992.

The FDIC wants to boost its supervision staff to more than 2,750 employees in 1998 because downsizing and hiring freezes have left the division understaffed, officials said. The agency reached a peak of nearly 4,000 supervision employees in 1992.

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