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Target Set to Hire Fewer Seasonal Workers This Year

It's no surprise that this season is a boon for retailers, but Target is remaining cautious when it comes to bringing on seasonal workers. The discounter recently said that it planned on hiring 2,000 to 12,000 fewer seasonal employees this year compared to 2011.

It’s no surprise that this season is a boon for retailers, but Target is remaining cautious when it comes to bringing on seasonal workers. The discounter recently said that it planned on hiring 2,000 to 12,000 fewer seasonal employees this year compared to 2011.

Target is quick to caution, however, that this season-specific hiring decision has nothing to do with sales. A company spokeswoman told The Minneapolis Star-Tribune that 30 percent of last year’s seasonal hires went on to work for Target year-round on either a part-time or full-time basis. Despite the slight drop in this year’s hires, Target will still hire between 80,000 and 90,000 temporary workers throughout the country.

Other retailers set to make big hiring sweeps over the next few weeks include Wal-Mart (over 50,000), Macy’s (80,000), Kohl’s (52,700) and Best Buy (24,000). Do you plan on pursuing a seasonal job this year?

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