Employment Trends in Retail
The retail sector has had a hard time this year, gaining and losing employees month to month. In June, the sector once again experienced losses, shedding 11,200 jobs. In May, though, the sector added 23,000 net new jobs – growth is not a certainty in the retail sector, but demand for labor remains high.
Within subsectors, gains were varied. General merchandisers added 1,900 net new jobs – much weaker than recent averages. Health and personal care stores gained just 1,100 net new jobs, continuing their steady yet soft gains of late. Food and beverage retailers lost a mere 300 jobs, while furniture and home furnishing stores gained just 200.
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