Tuesday, December 22, 2015

Nonstore Retail Employment Up 27.6 Percent Since January 2005

Online shopping websites continue to make their mark.

From January 2005 to November 2015, employment in retail trade increased 4.2 percent, compared with 8.9 percent for all private industries. Among retail trade industries, employment also increased in general merchandise stores (10.7 percent), health and personal care stores (8.7 percent), food and beverage stores (8.4 percent) and gasoline stations (4.6 percent). Industries with little or no gain in employment were motor vehicle and parts dealers; sporting goods, hobby, book, and music stores; building material and garden supply stores; and clothing and clothing accessories stores, the Bureau of Labor Statistics reports.

While employment decreased in each of the major retail trade industries during the 2007–09 recession, November 2015 employment in most retail trade industries was above January 2005 levels. Employment remained below January 2005 levels in furniture and home furnishing stores (−18.5 percent), electronics and appliance stores (−11.1 percent), and miscellaneous store retailers (−7.5 percent).


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