Commentary: Can we really have Christmas in July? As much as my kids would love it, I think even they know that the arrival of the Big Elf is still months away.

However, even though it’s the middle of summer, the country’s retailers are gearing up for the holiday hiring season, which typically starts in August. In past years, nearly 70% of retailers hired additional staff during the holidays. Last year, major retailers such as Target and Macy’s each hired upwards of 70,000 temps.

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