Target expects less holiday hiring

Minneapolis Star TribuneOctober 13, 2012 

— Target Corp. said last week it plans to hire 80,000 to 90,000 seasonal workers across the country for the holiday season, down from the 92,000 it hired last year.

The decline is in keeping with the retailer’s cautious view of the upcoming holiday season.

In an interview, a spokeswoman for the Minneapolis-based retailer said seasonal hiring is affected by current team members’ availability and whether they are seeking additional holiday hours.

Hiring for Target’s distribution centers started in July, and hiring for store workers started in October. The hiring will continue through December. Start dates vary.

The Minneapolis-based retailer said it’s looking for workers to fill a variety of hourly positions in stores, such as sales floor workers, cashiers and backroom staff. Open positions at the distribution centers are warehouse positions.

The National Retail Federation said earlier this month that it expects its strongest holiday season since the recession, forecasting a sales increase of 4.1 percent. The 10-year average is 3.5 percent.

Target executives have appeared somewhat less optimistic about this year’s holiday sales.

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