Michaels’ holiday hiring on pace with last year

The Michaels Companies is the latest retailer to get a jump on seasonal hiring amid a strong U.S. jobs market.

The arts and craft retailer said Wednesday it is planning to hire more than 15,000 seasonal workers in its U.S. and Canada stores and distribution centers in preparation for the upcoming holiday season. The number is in line with the amount of seasonal hires the chain employed for holiday 2017.

Faced with a labor crunch, especially in the retail sector, some retailers have come out of the gate earlier than usual this year with their holiday hiring plans. Both Kohl’s and J.C. Penney started hiring for the holidays at the beginning of the summer.

Michaels said seasonal workers will have competitive wages and a 30% discount at Michaels stores. Last year, the retailer hired more than 40% of seasonal workers for regular positions after the holiday season.

Michaels owns and operates more than 1,200 stores in 49 states and Canada under the brands Michaels and Pat Catan’s.
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