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Human Resources

The 373,000-Job Deficit in Fashion Retail

The department and specialty store job market was split in December, but still dominated by coronavirus losses.

clock January 8, 2021Evan Clark

Macys. This, photo shows corporate signage at Macy's flagship store in Manhattan, in New York. Macy's Inc. reports earnings Thursday, Nov. 9, 2017Earns Macys, New York, USA - 02 May 2017

Business Features

Contract Negotiations for 4,300 Macy’s Workers Cause Debate

Union workers in four Macy’s stores will be negotiating a new contract, despite many unknowns related to the pandemic shutdown.

clock May 20, 2020Rosemary Feitelberg

Target Store On this photo, a Target store advertises for employment, in Daly City, Calif. Retailers including Toys R Us, Pier 1 and Borders plan to hire more temporary holiday workers this season than last year, emboldened by several months of sales gains and a slowly improving economy. While such jobs will be an early Christmas present for some of America's unemployed, they're unlikely to make a dent in the stubbornly high unemployment rateHoliday Hiring, Daly City, USA

Government and Trade

May’s Jobs Number Disappoints, Stocks Gain

Both department stores and clothing stores shed workers last month, but investors dreamt of a rate cut.

clock June 7, 2019Kathryn Hopkins

Union supporters outside of H&M's New York office Thursday.

Fashion Scoops

NYC Council Members Make Unannounced Visit to H&M Offices on Union Contract Negotiations

Addressed to Karl-Johann Persson, chief executive officer of the H&M Group, the letter was signed by 28 New York City Council members, including Speaker Corey Johnson.

clock July 19, 2018Rosemary Feitelberg

Traffic makes it's way past the Macy's flagship store, in New York. The company reported its second straight quarter of higher sales at existing stores after a three-year funk. Its shares surged nearly 9 percent Wednesday, and the stocks of other department store chains rose as wellEarns Macys, New York, USA - 16 May 2018

Government and Trade

U.S. Saw Rise in Jobs but Mixed Bag in Retail Sector

Clothing and accessories stores added jobs in June, but department stores shed them.

clock July 6, 2018Kathryn Hopkins

Demonstrators outside of H&M's Herald Square store Wednesday.

Fashion Scoops

H&M Responds to Union Rally Outside of Herald Square Flagship in New York

About 100 people demonstrated outside of the H&M flagship in Herald Square Wednesday, calling for a fair contract.

clock June 27, 2018Rosemary Feitelberg

Rana Plaza collapsed on April 24, 2013.

Fashion Scoops

Five Years After Rana Plaza, Leaders Emphasize Need for Brands to Sign Accord Renewal

Attendees emphasized the need for companies to support the renewal of The Accord on Fire and Building Safety in Bangladesh.

clock April 10, 2018Rosemary Feitelberg

Walmart employee Kenneth White, left, is coached by Shabazz Bonner while using an inventory app during a class at the Walmart Academy at the store in North Bergen, N.J. The retail industry is being radically reshaped by technology and nobody feels that disruption more starkly than the 16 million Americans working as shelf stockers, salespeople and cashiersFuture of Work-Changing Retail, North Bergen, USA - 08 Nov 2017

Government and Trade

Retail’s February Hiring Surge Gets Jobs Back to Year-Ago Level

The industry is hiring again after last year’s widespread layoffs and store closures.

clock March 9, 2018Kali Hays

Shoppers at Aventura shopping mall in Miami.


Retailers See October Sales Boost as Prices Rise

Even with slightly higher prices, specialty, department and online stores saw sales improve as they head into holiday.

clock November 15, 2017Kali Hays

Waves crash over a seawall at the mouth of the Miami River from Biscayne Bay, Fla., as Hurricane Irma passes by, in MiamiHurricane Irma, Miami, USA - 10 Sep 2017


Retail Jobs Hit Hard by Record Hurricane Season

The national employment rate dropped for the first time in seven years.

clock October 6, 2017Kali Hays

Central American Unions Demand Payment

Fashion Scoops

Research: Ethical Brands Criticized More for Child Labor Abuses

More than 168 million children are forced into child labor, according to the nonprofit GoodWeave that aims to end child labor.

clock June 23, 2017Rosemary Feitelberg

JC Penney


Retail Still Losing Jobs as Other Industries See Pickup

The industry cut thousands of jobs during March, with struggling department stores hit hardest.

clock April 7, 2017Kali Hays

Donald Trump

Government and Trade

Trump Eyes Defense Spending Boost Through Cuts to Other Agencies

By cutting $54 billion from the collective budgets of government agencies dealing with trade, the economy and nonviolent crime, President Trump plans to increase defense spending to one of the highest levels in history.

clock March 16, 2017Kali Hays

Fashion Scoops

U.S. College Students Team Up to Challenge Nike About Access to Factories

Students at dozens of universities are banding together through United Students Against Sweatshops to rally against Nike for allegedly refusing unrestricted access for the Worker Rights Consortium.

clock March 15, 2017Rosemary Feitelberg


Government and Trade

Sweatshops Persist in U.S. Garment Industry

Sweatshop conditions are still found in garment factories in California 20 years after investigators uncovered one of the most egregious examples in El Monte, Calif.

clock December 5, 2016Kristi Ellis and Khanh T.L. Tran

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