While Kohl's is planning to increase its number of seasonal workers this year, Target Corp. is not.
The company announced Friday it would hire about 70,000 seasonal workers this year, 18,000 less than one year ago.
The Minneapolis-based retail chain said it is trying to be more efficient in its hiring practices. The company said many of its permanent employees have asked to get first dibs on working extra hours for the holiday season.
Jodee Kozlak, executive vice president of human resources, said employees who choose to work extra for this holiday seasons will be able to add 5 to 10 percent to their working hours compared to last year.
Analysts and retailers have reported this year's back-to-school shopping season was much slower than expected. Many are now bracing for a tough holiday shopping period, which accounts for as much as 40 percent of stores' annual revenues.
While the labor and housing markets have improved somewhat this year, those improvements have not been strong enough to sustain higher levels of spending for most shoppers.
Many stores, including Target, have lowered their expectations for the rest of the year, citing a tougher-than-expected spending environment.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.
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