By  on September 24, 2012

Retailers will boost their holiday hiring over last year’s levels but are once again unlikely to match pre-recessionary job-addition peaks.

Holiday payroll additions this year “could approach 700,000,” said John Challenger, chief executive officer of Challenger, Gray & Christmas, in the Chicago-based outplacement firm’s annual forecast for fourth-quarter hiring. That would be above the 660,200 positions added last year, when seasonal hiring was up 1.9 percent while still below the average of 722,000 posts added from 2004 to 2007 prior to the recession.

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