Nationwide, holiday hiring is expected to be flat this year, according to outplacement consulting firm Challenger, Gray & Christmas.
Target(TGT) is one of the retailers approaching the season with caution. The company plans to hire 70,000 seasonal workers this year, down 20% from 88,000 a year ago.
Still, that's enough to put it near the top of our list, tied with Amazon as the second-biggest holiday hirer.
In August, Target reduced its sales outlook for the year, citing "cautious spending by consumers." Rival Walmart(WMT) also lowered its forecast for the year, but has a different strategy. It decided to increase its holiday crew by 10%.
In lieu of hiring more workers, Target said it plans to offer more holiday hours first to its full-time staff members.