Target to hire 100,000 workers for holiday season

Target announced that it plans to hire 100,000 additional workers for the 2017 holiday season, 24/7 Wall St. reported.

In addition to these employees, the company will bring on 4,500 workers at its distribution and fulfillment centers.

Last year, Target announced that it would hire 70,000 new employees for the 2016 holiday season.

"As always, we will provide our seasonal team members with meaningful opportunities to build and develop skills, and offer great benefits, including a variety of schedules and team member discounts," said Chief Stores Officer Janna Potts.

An eMarketer report released in August forecasted that total retail sales for the 2017 holiday season will increase 3.1 percent to reach $929.15 billion.

Online shopping is expected to rise, with e-commerce sales anticipated to have a sales growth rate of 16.6 percent, up from 14.3 percent in 2016, and to make up 11.5 percent of total retail sales during the holiday season.

However, retails sales for the year are expected to be slightly less than in 2016.

"Retail overall is doing pretty well, but growth is uneven," said senior analyst at eMarketer Yory Wurmser in an email to The Motley Fool. "Some sectors, particularly department stores and chains dependent on mid-level malls, are experiencing a sharp fall in traffic and sales. Others, such as dollar stores and luxury are doing well. So underneath the generally positive numbers are spots of real turmoil and contraction."

In addition to these employees, the company will also hire 4,500 workers at its distribution and fulfillment centers.