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Target is hiring 133,000 extra staff for the holiday season

That's more than it hired last year.

Target has announced its now customary holiday hiring drive, and this year plans to take on an extra 133,000 staff nationwide.

The Minneapolis retailer announced it'll be hiring for 125,000 positions within its extensive store network, while a further 8,000 will be in its distribution and fulfillment centers.

New workers will earn at least $13-an-hour, the minimum wage implemented by Target in June 2019 as it ultimately moves towards a $15-an-hour minimum by the end of 2020.

Target says that out of the hires, it will be more than doubling the staff that will be "focused on fulfilling digital orders from its stores," which comes amid its wider efforts to increase curbside pickup options, as well as meet its free delivery promise during the holidays.

In addition to the $13 wage, seasonal staff will get a 10 percent discount in store and online, and an additional 20 percent "wellness discount" on fresh and frozen fruits and vegetables, its new Good & Organic food line, and products that help people quit smoking.

They will also qualify for enhanced holiday pay if they work Thanksgiving or Christmas.

Last year, Target hired 120,000 in-store seasonal workers and 7,500 in fulfillment centers, with more than 40 percent of those staying with Target after the holidays.

"Every team member at Target is given opportunities to grow, take care of themselves and their families, and make an impact on guests and their communities," said Target's chief HR officer Melissa Kremer. 

"Whether they’re interested in seasonal work only, or looking for longer-term career opportunities at Target, we’re incredibly proud of how our seasonal hires come together with our existing team to create a joyful holiday season for our guests and the communities we serve."

Target's also expanding its appreciation program to $2 million, with two hourly staff members selected at each of its 1,800 stores and 39 distribution centers to get a $250 gift card, and the chance to choose a $250 donation to the local charity of their choice.

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Want to work there? There will be two rounds of hiring events, taking place from Oct. 11-13 and Nov. 2 and 3, with interviews carried out between 10 a.m. and 6 p.m.

But you can also apply now here.

The hiring drive comes a day after Target announced it will be launching its new customer loyalty program, Target Circle, next month. You can read more about that here.

Meanwhile, on Wednesday, Twin Cities Target workers will congregate at Target Center in Minneapolis for its annual all-team meeting, which will be preceded by a block party at Peavey Plaza at Nicollet Mall.

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