Stores must believe shoppers have money to spend this Christmas, as a new report based on hiring data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics shows they added 21 percent more seasonal workers than a year earlier.
The report, by outplacement firm Challenger, Gray & Christmas, found retailers have added 610,700 workers nationwide in October and November.
The two-month trend was up 19 percent compared to 2011.
Last year, there were 660,200 seasonal workers hired across October, November and December.
The report noted all the talk about businesses holding back because of uncertainty on government policy isn’t supported by these figures.
Last year, retailers hired 147,600 people in December. If they hire at a similar pace this year, it would be the strongest retail seasonal hiring since 2000.