For many weary out-of-work Americans, the upcoming holiday season brings the potential for much-needed seasonal jobs.
Employment-services firm Challenger, Gray & Christmas forecasts retail payrolls to increase by 700,000 during the final three months of 2012, up from the 660,200 seasonal jobs added during last year's fourth quarter. Retailers expect a modest increase in sales (and thus aren't on a massive hiring binge), Challenger CEO John Challenger says.
More recent data suggests, however, that Americans are becoming more optimistic, as home values and stock prices are growing. In fact, CBS News reported this week that consumer confidence is at its highest level in seven months, largely because more Americans expect the jobs picture to improve.
Large retailers have started announcing their hiring plans -- some of them quite ambitious. If you're in the market for a seasonal job, check out the gallery below to see who's hiring.
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