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Retail industry adds 37,600 jobs in October

By Nick Bullock
Published: November 8, 2013
The National Retail Federation calculated the retail industry gained 37,600 jobs in October and 295,000 jobs year-over-year, a 2.4 percent increase, according to a Nov. 8 press release from the NRF. Jobs were added in every retail sector except clothing.

“The latest jobs report, which came in stronger than anticipated, provides some positive indication that the economy and employment situation are steadily improving,” NRF President and CEO Matthew Shay said. “The timing couldn’t be better for retailers and consumers, who are busy preparing for the holiday shopping season.

“It is now incumbent upon policymakers to address our pending fiscal and budgetary questions sooner rather than later. We cannot afford to repeat the same mistakes, which led us to a government shutdown and to the brink of default.”

In its annual holiday sales and employment forecast, the NRF predicted retailers would see a 3.9 percent increase in sales, and hire an additional 720,000 to 780,000 employees this holiday season.

“Today’s report puts the U.S. economy in a very positive light heading into the fall and winter seasons,” NRF Chief Economist Jack Kleinhenz said. “The government shutdown had little to no impact on the improving employment situation, which is steadily improving along with GDP. While retailers and businesses are hiring, consumers remain cautious, but we remain steadfast in our belief that consumer confidence and spending will improve.”

The Bureau of Labor Statistics Employment Situation report showed that the economy added 204,000 jobs in October. Unemployment was calculated at 7.3 percent, according to the NRF press release.