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Retail: The Jobs

Retail is big. Especially this time of year.

Retail is a large part of the US and global economy. Retailers create jobs, generate tax revenues, circulate local dollars, and increase quality of life..

For most people, the type of retail jobs we see are those in the store. But we often  do not consider the many other jobs retail supports.

Retail, indirectly, creates and supports manufacturing and warehouse and distribution operations. That is the process of creating and shipping finished goods to the stores. This includes jobs such truck drivers, plant managers, equipment operators, human resources departments, accountants, and all other necessary occupations to operate industrial facilities. Jobs we never interact with before making our purchases.

For every item of clothing we buy from retailers, we should also consider the many others who helped bring the product to the shelf. In fact, it is also interesting to take a look at the "Made In" label on most products.

It takes a diversified workforce to create the hundreds of thousands of products we buy from local retailers. As consumers and participants on the US and global economy, it is quite fascinating.



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