Target says it plans to hire about 100,000 workers for the holiday season, up from the 70,000 it hired a year ago. This is a 42.9% increase year over year.
The hiring boom is a sign of retail rebound for Target, which recently announced it was lowering prices on thousands of items.
The workers will fill numerous roles, including making sure stores are well stocked, online orders are filled, and freight moved from distribution and fulfillment centers.
Additionally, Target will hire 4,500 workers at the company's distribution and fulfillment centers to replenish products to stores and fulfill digital sales throughout the season.
Target will be hosting seasonal hiring events at every store on Friday, October 13th to Sunday, October 15th from 10 a.m.to 6 p.m. where candidates can receive in-person interviews.
"Retail is pivoting, and with the holiday rush just around the corner, a big jump in seasonal jobs is imminent", Challenger, Gray & Christmas CEO John Challenger said at the time. "Shipping and technology jobs are expanding and going unfilled". The company said Wednesday that it wants to ensure that the experience for customers is seamless at stores.
"As always, we will provide our seasonal team members with meaningful opportunities to build and develop skills, and offer great benefits, including a variety of schedules and team member discounts", Janna Potts, Chief Stores Officer at Target, said in a statement.
With 1,816 stores, this year's hiring reflects an average of about 55 new workers per location.