An employee stacks boxes filled with merchandise for shipment at the Amazon.com Inc. distribution center in Phoenix, Arizona.
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By Kristen Bahler
October 13, 2016

Amazon is set to hire more than 120,000 temporary workers in the U.S. this holiday season — up 20% from last year.

For most companies, holiday hiring will be flat this year, with retail giants like Target, Kohl’s, and Toys ‘R’ Us all hiring less or the same number of employees they hired in 2015.

Amazon, though, is hiring more holiday help than ever before. The company’s fattening ranks points to its growing dominance over consumer pocketbooks — as holiday shoppers flock to online sales, brick-and-mortar stores are fighting a sales slump.

Here’s how Amazon’s seasonal workforce compares to other retailers.

Retail spending will rise 3.6% in November and December to a record $655.8 billion, there won’t be any more temporary positions than last year, according to the National Retail Federation. NRF says employers will bring on between 640,000 and 690,000 workers this holiday season; unchanged from 2015’s 675,300.

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