Chart Of The Day: Retail Jobs “Gap” Now Widest Since Crisis

The “retail apocalypse” story has become so ubiquitous at this point that I’m reasonably sure “Joe the plumber” would short CMBX 6 BBB- if he could.

And although there are plenty of folks out there who will tell you that reports of brick and mortar’s imminent demise may be exaggerated, I’m willing to bet that Jeff Bezos is a man who, if he were being candid, would tell you different.

We’ve covered this story extensively and if you haven’t read enough about it or for some reason just want to be regaled with the whole narrative again, here are some previous pieces worth perusing:

Well, in the spirit of tying this story to Friday morning’s jobs miss, consider the following two charts from Deutsche Bank which depict the divergence of employment trends in retail versus the trend for the economy as a whole:

RetailEmploymentDB

As you can see, the gap is now the widest since the crisis.

Via DB

We continue to track retail employment versus overall employment levels with May payrolls continuing to show much weaker trends in retail. Overall, the economy added 138,000 jobs in May, lower than expected. But overall nonfarm payrolls were up 1.5%, which was better than the 1.4% increase in April. By contrast, retail trade payrolls remain much softer, growing just 0.1%, a deceleration from 0.2% and 0.3% the last two months and the most tepid growth since the recession. The gap between total payrolls and retail hiring increased to 140 bps from 110 bps last quarter. The trend in retail hiring has been decelerating for some time, including 5 straight months of slowing growth, likely due to accelerating store closures.

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