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Hiring for sales jobs in San Antonio strong

Saturday, November 30th, 2013

Retail numbers are in for October, and it appears hiring for sales jobs in San Antonio and retail jobs was strong.

October holiday hiring got off to its strongest start in 14 years, as retail employment grew by 159,500* in October, according to an analysis of the latest Bureau of Labor Statistics data by global outplacement firm Challenger, Gray & Christmas, Inc.

The 159,500 net new jobs in retail last month marks a 6.7 percent increase from October 2012, when retailers increased their payrolls by 149,400.

Last year, the three-month hiring period resulted in 751,800 new jobs being added by retailers; the most since 2000, when retailers added 788,200 workers during the final three months of the year.

“Strong October hiring does not necessarily mean that holiday hiring will surpass last year’s level, but it is certainly a good sign. We have seen steady increases in the number of seasonal workers hired since 2008, when recession-ravaged retailers added a paltry 324,900 seasonal workers in the final quarter of the year. Last year, holiday hiring returned to pre-recession levels. Actually, 2012 returned to pre-2001-recession levels, as retailers turned in the strongest hiring numbers since 2000,” said John A. Challenger, chief executive officer of Challenger, Gray & Christmas.

Last year’s holiday hiring binge brought retail employment in the sector to 15,538,300 in December, the month in which retail employment generally reaches its annual peak. That was the highest number of retail workers in December, since 2007, when employment reached 16,156,400.
Consumer confidence remains shaky in light of political discord in Washington, but consumer spending has still managed to see gains. Retail sales, excluding automobiles, gasoline and building materials, increased 0.5 percent in September, improving upon the 0.2 percent increase posted in August.