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Tuesday, January 18, 2011


Retail Jobs See Growth During Holidays

The 2010 holiday shopping season was great for retail jobs. Check out for more information.

A recent report from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics found that retailers added 646,300 jobs between October and December of last year. This is an increase o 28.9 percent from 2009, when the retail industry added 501,400 jobs during the holiday shopping season.

Another report from Challenger Gray & Christmas found that retail hiring during November of last year was the same as during 2009, but hiring during October and December was higher than it has been in several years.

In fact, employers added about 146,800 retail jobs during October, which is the highest increase since October 2006. Retailers added another 181,900 jobs during December, which is the highest growth since December 2005.

"It turns out the additional hiring was warranted, as retailers experienced their best holiday sales season in several years," Challenger CEO John A. Challenger said. "It is too soon to say that the consumer is back, but the level of holiday spending certainly suggests that optimism is on the rise.

"Now, the question is whether the consumer will go into post-holiday hibernation," he continued. "If there's any indication that some of the spending power will persist into the new year, retailers may keep some of the temporary seasonal workers on a permanent basis. While there are no hard numbers to confirm continued gains in holiday hiring in 2011, it just seems like we are seeing more 'help wanted' signs in store windows even after the holidays ended."

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