UPDATE: Retailers have robust seasonal hiring plans for the holidays despite store closures
By Tonya Garcia, MarketWatch
The early signals are a positive sign, data shows
Early seasonal hiring announcements indicate that the retail sector's holiday job market will be stronger than last year, according to Challenger Gray & Christmas, specialists in outplacement and career transitions.
Target Corp. (TGT) has announced plans to hire 100,000 seasonal workers (http://www.marketwatch.com/story/target-to-hire-100000-seasonal-workers-for-the-holidays-2017-09-13), up from 70,000 last year, along with 4,500 workers for distribution and fulfillment centers. Michaels Companies Inc. (MIK) has announced plans to bring 15,000 workers on board for the season. Radial, a retail technology and operations company, says it will hire 27,000 seasonal workers, to help with fulfillment and customer care. That's a year-over-year increase of 35%, according to the company. And 1-800-Flowers.Com Inc. (FLWS) says it will hire 8,000 workers for its portfolio of brands, including Harry & David and Cheryl's Cookies.
Macy's Inc. (M) says it will hire 80,000 seasonal workers, which is down from 83,000 last year. However, 18,000 seasonal hires (http://www.marketwatch.com/story/macys-to-hire-80000-seasonal-workers-for-the-holidays-down-from-83000-last-year-2017-09-18) will be for direct-to-consumer fulfillment facilities, up 3,000 from last year.
For the last three months of 2016, seasonal retail employment rose by 641,000, according to numbers furnished by Challenger, Gray & Christmas. That's the lowest number since 2009, when hires totaled 495,800. In 2015, 708,800 jobs were added in retail.
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