Retail Hiring Reaches New High, Just in Time for the Holidays

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During the past 60 days, there were more than 379,000 jobs for sales professionals in the Retail trade industry in the United States, an 11% year-over-year increase and a new four-year high in demand, according to WANTED Analytics™.

During September and October of 2013, retailers in the United States had more than 379,000 available sales jobs, according to WANTED Analytics™ (, the leading source of real-time business intelligence for the talent marketplace. As the holiday season kicks off, this is an 11% year-over-year increase in demand when compared to the same two-month period in 2012. In addition, this marks a new four-year high level of demand for retail sales jobs in the US.

The 10 retail industries with the most job openings included department stores (except discount department stores); general merchandise stores; home centers; household appliance stores; and hobby, toy, and game stores. Hiring in all five of these industries increased; however, household appliance stores grew the most, more than doubling their demand.

The metropolitan areas with the most jobs during the past two months were New York, Chicago, Los Angeles, Washington (DC), and Dallas. Although New York had the most available job postings with more than 16,000, hiring demand here declined 7% compared to 2012. The number of jobs also fell in Washington, DC. Dallas experienced the greatest increase of these five cities with high demand. Retail sales jobs are up 16% in Dallas versus last year.

Despite growing demand for retail sales jobs, employers are likely to experience little difficulty when recruiting for open jobs. The Hiring Scale, which scores jobs from 1 to 99 based on their projected difficulty-to-recruit, scores these jobs at a 30 on average across the US. This means that most Recruiters are likely to find enough candidates in their local talent pools to fill their open positions. Some metropolitan areas that score higher than average on the Hiring Scale (meaning they are the hardest places to recruit this talent) are Manchester (NH), Portland (ME), and San Francisco (CA). These locations have smaller talent pools, which will make attracting candidates more difficult and will likely cause more competition for qualified retail sales professionals.

The Hiring Scale measures conditions in local job markets by comparing hiring demand and labor supply. The Hiring Scale is part of the WANTED Analytics platform that offers business intelligence for the talent marketplace.

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About WANTED Analytics™

WANTED Analytics™ helps recruiting organizations make better decisions with real-time business intelligence on jobs, employers, and talent. Analytics brings together, for the first time, years of hiring demand and talent supply data to create a true talent intelligence platform for hard-to-fill positions.

Clients in the staffing, HR, RPO, media, and government sectors use WANTED Analytics™ to find sales leads, analyze employment trends, gather competitive intelligence, forecast economic conditions, and source hard-to-fill positions.

About WANTED Technologies Corporation

WANTED Technologies (TSX-V:WAN) provides real-time business intelligence for the talent marketplace. Founded in 1999, the company’s headquarters are in Quebec City, Canada, and it maintains a US-based subsidiary with primary offices in New York City. WANTED began collecting detailed Hiring Demand data in June 2005, and currently maintains a database of more than 900 million unique job listings. For more information or to sample WANTED’s services, visit

WANTED is also the exclusive data provider for The Conference Board Help Wanted OnLine Data Series®, the monthly economic indicator of Hiring Demand in the United States.

The TSX Venture Exchange does not accept responsibility for the adequacy or accuracy of this release. Any statement that appears prospective shall not be interpreted as such.


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