The Retailers Hiring the Most Workers This Holiday Season

7. Party City
> Employees to be hired: 14,000+
> Total employees: 1,600
> Revenue: n/a
> Total Stores: 600

The U.S.’s largest party supply retailer, Party City, plans on adding 14,000 employees in the coming weeks, according to NRF. Unlike many other retailers, Party City experiences its greatest need for employees during the upcoming Halloween season. Paty City’s president, Lisa Loeb, said in a recent statement, “Halloween is Party City’s favorite and busiest time of the year, and we hire additional employees to ensure our shoppers receive exceptional customer service during the busy Halloween season.”

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6. JCPenney
>Number of employees added: 35,000
>Total employees: 156,000
>Revenue: $17.7 billion
>Total Stores: 1,108

JCPenney, the 22nd-largest retailer in the U.S., plans to hire 35,000 seasonal workers this year, up from 30,000 last year, according to the New York Times. While almost all will be fired at the end of the season, a few of these new positions are expected to be permanent. As reported in Hire Velocity, JCPenney uses this period as an opportunity to test out new workers, and will hire a portion of the best-performing ones full time after the holidays are over.

5. Target
>Number of employees added: 92,000+
>Total employees: 355,000
>Revenue: $67.3 billion
>Total Stores: 1,752

Target (NYSE: TGT), the third-largest retailer in the U.S., hired 92,000 temporary workers last year, according to the New York Times. This year, the number is expected to be even more, the Times adds, although the company has not given an exact figure. The Times further reports, “Target has signs in about 170 of its stores encouraging customers to send a text message to get information about holiday employment. Early response has been encouraging, said Eddie Baeb, a Target spokesman.”

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4. Toys “R” Us
>Number of employees added: 40,000
>Total employees: 70,000
>Revenue: $13.8 billion
>Total Stores: 873

Toys “R” Us, the largest toy company in the world, experiences one of the biggest employment increases during the holidays. This year, it plans to add approximately 40,000 people, according to the South Bend Tribune. While that is roughly 5,000 less than last year, it is still an increase of nearly 60% from normal employment. According to, the nationwide average wage for seasonal jobs at the company is between $8 and $10.