UPDATE Holiday Hiring Plans Signal Hot Year for Retail

Last Thursday, Target announced it planned to hire 120,000 workers for the holiday season, surpassing last year by 20 percent. This is the largest holiday hiring plan by a traditional retailer since Challenger began tracking these announcements in 2012. It is equal only to Amazon's announcement to hire 120,000 workers in 2017.

Meanwhile, JCPenney told Challenger it planned to hire "over 39,000" workers for the holiday season, down slightly from the 40,000 it announced last year. In July, the retailer announced plans to hire 18,000 seasonal workers for back-to-school shopping.

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