US Retail industry employment decreased in February 2017
Retail industry employment decreased by 31300 jobs in February from January, offsetting gains made the previous month, the National Retail Federation said today. The retail numbers exclude automobile dealers, gasoline stations and restaurants. Despite the correction in retail, the overall economy gained 235000 jobs in February, the Labour Department said.
“Mild weather contributed to retailers scaling back employment in February, reversing the gains the industry made in January,” NRF Chief Economist Jack Kleinhenz said. “However, the surge in consumer and business optimism may have propelled the economy-wide increase in jobs last month and supports our prediction for stronger consumer spending and retail sales for 2017.”
Average hourly earnings were up 2.8 % year-over-year, compared with 2.5 % in January.
The Labour Department said February unemployment fell to 4.7 percent, down from 4.8 percent in January.