(AL.com) — Americans will spend more than $650 billion this holiday season and retailers are looking for extra help to keep up with demand. Last year, as many as 640,000 seasonal jobs were added in the last three months of the year, according to the National Retail Federation. How many will be added this year? We don’t know yet, but here’s a look at some of the major retailers looking for employees ahead of the holiday rush:
Target will hire 100,000 employees over the holiday season. The hires will take place for all of the chain’s 1,816 stores in the U.S. Minimum pay is $11 per hour. You can go here to view jobs and apply.
JCPenney will hire up to 40,000 seasonal workers. J.C. Penney Co. will hold a nationwide job fair in its roughly 875 stores on Oct. 17.
Kohl’s will add as many as 50,000 seasonal jobs to work in stores and distribution stores. You can learn more here.
UPS is planning to hire 95,000 seasonal employees ahead of the busy holiday shipping season. As many as 35 percent of the new hires will be kept on for permanent positions. You can apply by visting UPSjobs.com for more information.
FedEx is planning to bring on more than 50,000 seasonal workers. You can find out more here.
U.S. Postal Service
Last year, the USPS hired 40,000 workers. This year’s job outlook isn’t known but hiring is starting in select locations. You can see more on hiring here.
Michael’s will hire more than 15,000 seasonal workers at its 1,300 store locations across the country. You can learn more here.
Toys R Us
Despite filing for bankruptcy, the toy retailer plans to hire more than 12,000 seasonal workers at its stores and distribution centers.
Amazon is hiring seasonal, full-time, work from home Customer Service Associates before the holidays.
Who isn't hiring? Walmart
Walmart typically hires large numbers for the holidays but the nation’s largest retailer is taking a different approach this year. Instead of bringing on temporary workers, Walmart is offerings its existing employees the opportunity to work more hours. Last year, Walmart hired 60,000 seasonal workers.