Holiday Retail Hiring Has A High Bar To Meet 2012 Levels

Holiday Retail Hiring Has A High Bar To Meet 2012 Levels

Major retailers were so optimistic heading into the 2012 Christmas shopping season that they will find it difficult to match that 12-year high -- 751,8000 workers added between Oct. 1 and Dec. 31 last year.

Challenger, Gray & Christmas Inc., the Chicago outplacement consultancy, cited "shaky consumer confidence and increased efficiencies among retailers" as reasons stores are expected to hire about the same or fewer than last year.

"With many retailers already starting holiday-themed ads and breaking out Christmas decorations in stores, those hoping to get in on the seasonal hiring push should act early," it said in a statement this week.

Although seasonal hiring has risen every year since the 2008 recession, when retailers hired only 324,900 workers, "millions of Americans are still unemployed or underemployed," Challenger said.

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