Florida added 16,700 retail jobs between June 2011 and June 2012, ranking it No. 3 among states with the largest retail jobs gains in that 12-month period, a new On Numbers analysis of U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics data shows.
California topped the list with a gain of 25,600 retail jobs since June 2011, followed by New York (up 23,300), Florida, Texas (up 15,600), Ohio (up 15,000) and Georgia (up 10,100).
The biggest increase in percentage terms belongs to Vermont, where retail employment grew 3.4 percent between June 2011 and the same month this year.
The latest figures from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics indicate that 32 states and the District of Columbia added retail jobs — or at least held steady — during the past year. But 18 states had fewer retail positions at the midpoint of 2012 than in mid-2011.
The Midwest has not been swept along by this retail resurgence. The six states with the biggest year-to-year losses are all in that region: Illinois (down 13,700 retail jobs), Indiana (down 9,400), Missouri (down 8,900), Michigan (down 7,300), Iowa (down 3,400) and Wisconsin (down 2,900).
Rhode Island's decline of 4.3 percent is the nation's biggest loss of retail employment in proportional terms.
Source: Orlando Business Journal