Gloomy U.S. labor statistics show that the retail apocalypse was worse than imagined

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By: Aine Cain, Business Insider

The specter of the retail apocalypse still hangs over the whole industry. And the latest gloomy numbers from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics indicates that it’s not going anywhere soon.

After reviewing its statistics on the numbers of new jobs created between 2018 and 2019, the bureau cut its annual benchmark of nonfarm jobs by 501,000 jobs.

These numbers aren’t just a sign that President Donald Trump’s signature tax cuts didn’t actually spur more hiring. They’re also an indication that retail is far from out of the woods. The industry was one of the hardest-hit sectors on the Bureau of Labor Statistics’ list of revisions.

As it turns out, the retail trade boasts 146,400 fewer jobs than previously thought, a 0.9% drop.

This isn’t even the first time this year that the bureau has released job numbers that painted a less-than-rosy picture for the retail industry. In February, it announced that there were 138,000 fewer jobs in retail than previously thought, The Washington Post reported.

When it comes to labor issues, the world of retail has plenty to contend with. Bloomberg reported that private equity has cost 597,000 retail employees their jobs. Meanwhile, topics around the push to raise the federal minimum wage and the rise of automation and e-commerce have also prompted questions about the future of retail jobs.

The changing times have caused some businesses to fall victim to the retail apocalypse, shuttering stores and laying off thousands of workers. Particularly hit-hard states include West Virginia, Vermont, Rhode Island, Ohio, Connecticut, and Maryland.


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