NRF calculates monthly retail industry employment, excluding automobile dealers, gasoline stations and restaurants.

Note: Retail job numbers reported by the Labor Department do not provide an accurate picture of the industry because they count only employees who work in stores while excluding retail workers in other parts of the business such as corporate headquarters, distribution centers, call centers and innovation labs.

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Retail jobs grew nearly 15,000 in January over December
Retail employment in January was down 15,100 jobs from a year earlier but up 14,800 from December.
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Retail jobs grew 37,600 year-over-year in December
Retail jobs grew 15,200 monthly and 37,600 year-over-year in December.
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Retail jobs grew 18,600 in November, accounted for 12 percent of nationwide job growth
Retail employment in November grew by 18,600 jobs from October
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