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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2019 Retail Compensation and Benefits Survey
Insights into compensation, turnover, incentive structures, benefits packages, demographics and more.
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Retail employment dipped in February despite long-term gains
Retail industry employment in February was down 6,100 jobs from January and 5,300 jobs year-over-year.
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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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