Retailers are taking a measured approach to holiday hiring this year amid concerns that consumers will pull back due to ongoing uncertainty in Washington, according to forecasts and company announcements. Macy's will raise temporary staffing levels slightly, Wal-Mart will boost seasonal hiring 10%, Toys R Us and Kohl's plan to staff at last year's seasonal levels, and Target will cut back from 88,000 to 70,000 seasonal workers this year by offering current workers the opportunity to work overtime and using data analysis for more efficient staffing.

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