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US retailers have already been making their holiday hires 10 weeks away from Christmas

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Things are looking merry indeed for workers looking for a temporary gig over the holidays.

With less than 10 weeks until Christmas, retailers have stepped up their holiday hires and promotions.

According to the Wall Street Journal, citing Indeed.com data, retailers started building up their seasonal workforce sooner than usual this year starting in August.


Employers competing for workers

Indeed.com economist Jed Kolko told the Journal that retailers might be anticipating a "stronger consumer demand, and expect that it will be harder to find the people they want to hire."

The U.S. unemployment rate has held steady for the past year and employers are competing not just with restaurants but also warehouses and big players like Amazon for temporary workers.

In fact, Reuters says Amazon has plans to hire some 120,000 for the 2016 season.

There's also the "promotional creep" that retailers engage in.

Retail job postings up

With retailers pushing out their holiday marketing campaigns earlier and earlier each year, consumers have come to expect good deals. Retailers plan for greater demand by adding additional workers. Per Indeed.com, retail job postings have gone up 5% since September 2015.

Brands like JC Penney, Macy's and Target have adjusted their holiday plans. Shipping firms like UPS and FedEx have also had to respond to online shopping growth by boosting their worker numbers in recent years.

That said, not all retailers have plans to encroach on your Thanksgiving meals.

Have you started your holiday shopping yet?

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