Retail employment in April was surprisingly strong, hinting at a possible rebound after March’s dismal numbers.
Pasadena, CA (PRWEB) May 11, 2013
The retail sector picked up in April, adding 29,000 jobs, according to a recent Bureau of Labor Statistics report. The growth came after low sales in March and reflected trends in hiring on SellingCrossing.com.
April was a strong month for the retail industry, based on the latest Bureau of Labor Statistics job report. In spite of weak sales in March, employers added 29,000 jobs last month, reflecting a measured confidence that business would pick up for the summer. Retail job growth has added, on average, 21,000 jobs in the last year, according the report. Hiring was concentrated in general merchandise stores, which added 15,000 positions, and health and personal care stores, which added 5,000 jobs last month.
The retail industry has been somewhat of an unpredictable job sector over the past few months. After posting strong numbers last fall, the retail sector dipped drastically in March, based on BLS figures. Many employers feared that retail owners would be skittish about hiring new workers in the face of an unpredictable market. In light of these expectations, retail employment in April was surprisingly strong, hinting at a possible rebound after March’s dismal numbers.
Retail job growth was strong on SellingCrossing.com, a leading job site for retail and sales positions. The site listed approximately 37,000 retail sales jobs at the time that this release was written, a number that has held steady in recent months, in spite of the up-and-down market.
“When looking at hiring patterns, it’s good to view trends over a broad perspective,” said Harrison Barnes, CEO of SellingCrossing.com. “After March was a difficult month for the industry, many employers were afraid to commit to hiring while sales were down. But it’s easy to blow a single month out of proportion. Overall, the industry is doing much better than it was even a year ago, and overall, employment is trending up in the retail sector.”
At the same time, many commentators caution that the sector could be facing permanent structural changes in the future, as many consumers move to shopping online over visiting brick-and-mortar stores. Many retail stores are losing business in droves to online counterparts like Amazon and Zappos, which are often able to offer significantly lower prices. Retail businesses with physical store-fronts have the additional expenses of rent and utilities, making it difficult to offer merchandise at a price point that is competitive with online stores. Some retail businesses are now moving to invest in online extensions of their brick-and-mortar stores, striving to serve customers who prefer doing their shopping online and from home. For shop owners who are unable or unwilling to enter the online market, they must learn to distinguish themselves in other ways – or risk losing more customers.
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.