By Colin Kellaher
Target on Tuesday said it plans to hire about 133,000 seasonal employees for the upcoming holiday, an increase of more than 5,000 over last year's level.
The Minneapolis retailer said about 125,000 of the seasonal hires will fill posts at its more than 1,800 stores, adding that will double the number of roles focused on fulfilling digital orders from its stores.
Target said roughly 8,000 seasonal jobs will be at its distribution and fulfillment centers.
Target said all seasonal hires will receive a minimum starting wage of $13 an hour. The retailer raised its minimum wage to $13 an hour in June as part of its pledge to reach $15 an hour by the end of next year.
Target, which last year hired 127,500 seasonal workers, said more than 40% of those employees remained with the retailer following the holiday season.
Package-delivery giant United Parcel Service on Monday said it plans to hire about 100,000 seasonal employees this year, about the same number of extra workers as it hired last year.
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