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Target to hire 120,000 workers for the holiday season

That's 20 percent more than last year.

Target is boosting its staff for the holiday season, announcing plans on Thursday to hire 120,000 seasonal workers over the coming weeks.

That represents an increase of 20,000 on the number last year, which comes after a strong second quarter for the Minneapolis-based retailer.

Of those, 7,000 workers will be hired across the Twin Cities, and 10,000 in total across Minnesota.

All seasonal staff will earn Target's recently increased minimum wage of $12-an-hour, and will work across its 1,839 stores and distribution centers.

Current workers will also be offered extra hours to boost their earnings ahead of the holidays, which Target anticipates will be extremely busy.

"Adding 120,000 people to our current team will make the holidays easier and more convenient for our guests – whether they’re in our stores, picking up their Drive Up orders or having a package delivered to their home," said chief stores officer Janna Potts.

As well as a $12 minimum wage for all workers hired after Sept. 16, seasonal team members will also get a 10 percent discount in Target stores and online.

They'll also get holiday pay on Thanksgiving and Christmas, should they choose to work it, and a 20 percent discount on fruits, vegetables, and other healthy products in its grocery section.

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And for the first time, one employee from every store will be randomly selected to receive a $500 holiday gift card and the chance to donate another $500 to a community organization of their choice.

Seasonal hiring events will be held at all stores nationwide between Oct. 12 and 14, starting at 10 a.m. and ending at 6 p.m.

Those interested can apply at TargetSeasonalJobs.com.

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