Retail industry employment increased by nearly 13,000 jobs in
November over October, according to the National Retail Federation.
excludes automobile dealers, gasoline stations and restaurants.
Overall, the economy added 228,000 jobs, the Labor Department said.
The NRF said in
its news release the increase is “unusually high.”
“This was one of
the strongest gains we’ve seen all year,” NRF Chief Economist Jack
Kleinhenz said in the release. “You expect employment to be up
during the holiday season and retailers are expecting strong holiday
sales with related job growth, but overall growth in the economy has
to be recognized here as well. We’re also seeing new jobs in other
sectors of the economy, particularly industrial, and that means more
demand for retail goods and a need for more retail workers.”
With the numbers
from November now in, retailers’ annual hiring of temporary holiday
workers is on track to reach the high end of NRF’s forecast of
between 500,000 and 550,000 positions. NRF predicts this year’s
holiday sales will grow between 3.6 and 4 percent.
increased in most retail sectors in November, but there were
decreases in electronics and appliances stores, clothing and
clothing accessories stores, and non-store sales, which include
retail job numbers reported by the Labor Department do not provide
an accurate picture of the industry because they count only
employees who work in stores while excluding retail workers in other
parts of the business such as corporate headquarters, distribution
centers, call centers and innovation labs. Warehouse and storage
employment, for example, was up 8,100 jobs in November, but the
positions do not count as retail jobs even if the workers are
employed by retailers.