US retail industry employment increases in April 2018

07 May '18
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Boosted by tax reform and other factors, the retail industry employment in the US increased by 3,700 jobs seasonally adjusted in April over March and 48,900 jobs unadjusted year-over-year, the National Retail Federation (NRF) has said. There was an increase of 5,600 jobs in March. The three-month moving average in April showed an increase of 17,200 jobs.

The numbers exclude automobile dealers, gasoline stations and restaurants. Overall, US businesses added 164,000 jobs, the department of labour said.

“The jobs gains are looking very good and are in line with the continuing growth of the economy,” NRF chief economist Jack Kleinhenz said. “Irregular weather patterns have put some noise into the data this year in terms of fluctuating monthly numbers, but the overall trends show the underlying strength of the economy. Tax reform and regulatory reform seen over the past few months are expected to continue to provide traction for the economy and further job growth.”

While sporting goods stores saw the number of jobs increasing by 1,700, clothing being a weather-sensitive sector witnessed jobs going down by 5,300, NRF said in a release.

Economy-wide, average hourly earnings in April increased by 4 cents or 2.6 per cent year-over-year. The department of labour said the unemployment rate dropped from 4.1 per cent to 3.9 per cent, the lowest level since December 2000.

Retail job numbers reported by the labour department, however, 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 centres, call centres and innovation labs, Kleinhenz said. (RKS)

Fibre2Fashion News Desk – India

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