Brick-and-mortar sales don’t happen without the talent to staff the stores and make the sales happen. November saw a trend with retail hiring following sales online, resulting in a decrease in hiring of staff in-store but an increase in warehousing and transportation. While the Black Friday sales shifted to online, the increased focus on omni-channel strategies will hopefully see an integration of online and in-store and turn the downward hiring trend around next year.
November numbers according to Retail Dive:
- US retailers added 521,800 workers during the first two months of the 2016 holiday season, a decrease of 14% from a year ago.
- Retail employment grew by 371,500 jobs in November, down 9.3% from last year’s increase of 409,500, based on the latest data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics.
- October was also slow; retailers added an adjusted 150,300 jobs; the original count of 154,600 was 23% fewer than the 194,800 staffers hired in October 2015.
Read further insight in Retail Dive.