Pasadena, CA (PRWEB) February 09, 2013
The retail industry added 33,000 jobs last month, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. January’s higher-than-average job gains reflected hiring trends on SellingCrossing.com.
Retail employment rose in January, according to the latest Bureau of Labor Statistics report. January registered higher than normal numbers, with 33,000 jobs added in retail, compared with the 2012 average of 20,000 jobs added per month. Sectors that did particular well included motor vehicle and parts dealers, which added 7,000 jobs; electronics and appliance stores, which added 5,000 jobs; and clothing stores, which added 10,000 jobs.
The fact that these gains came in January, after the holiday season, is a positive sign that the jobs added were more permanent fixtures, and not the result of seasonal fluctuations. Retail hiring tends to go up at the end of the year as stores hire temporary workers to meet the holiday rush. January is typically a month when these numbers drop off again. The fact that retail employment actually grew in January is a signal that the gains were for long-term positions.
The BLS figures mirrored hiring trends on SellingCrossing.com, a top job site for sales and retail positions. As of this week, a total of 288,331 retail jobs were listed on the site, a staggering number that represents nearly 10 percent of the total jobs currently listed in its affiliate sites. Within the listings, the greatest demand was for managerial-level positions, with 69,045 openings for retail managers and 22,084 jobs for retail store managers.
The demand for higher management retail employees disputes the common misconception that retail jobs are only for entry-level workers. While the retail sector can be great for those seeking temporary or summer employment, or for those launching entry-level careers, people forget that it can and often does lead to more lucrative positions. Many people in senior management, even CEOs and company presidents, started off as retail workers at some point in their careers. Companies often promote from within their entry-level employee pool when finding talent for more senior or managerial positions. Job seekers considering long-term careers at a particular company should not neglect the potential of starting off in a retail position. Employees who are willing to work hard and prove their worth are often rewarded with long-term, extremely viable careers.
Retail job gains are also a positive sign that consumer confidence is returning and people are more inclined to spend money. “The fact that retail is bouncing back is a great signal that the overall economy is improving,” noted Harrison Barnes, CEO of SellingCrossing.com. “If this trend keeps up, we can expect it to translate into a lot of job growth in the retail industry.”
SellingCrossing.com is a job search site based in Pasadena, CA. It is a part of the Employment Research Institute and owned by A. Harrison Barnes.