ehireWith Retail Salespersons comprising up to 3.3 percent of U.S. employees, and the struggling economy forcing major retail chains to call it quits, eHire has completed a survey to better predict what 2012 will look like for the industry.

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, over 4 million people in the U.S. work in retail, and the number could decrease with major chains like Borders and Blockbuster going out of business.  The recession sure has taken its toll and many are wondering what the New Year will look like.

A recruiting and staffing business called eHire has taken time to conduct a survey on the matter and provide Americans with some insight on the upcoming retail industry. With the retail sector being extremely important to our economy fingers have been crossed in hopes of good news.

eHire found out from hiring managers surveyed that many businesses have seen headcount growth from 2010 to 2011 at 77 percent.  At least half of the employers stated that their headcount growth was between 5 and 14 percent and that growth was in Retail Personnel.  Additionally, they found out that the Executive and Information Technology sectors grew as well, coming in second and third.

Many companies are experiencing difficulties with recruiting and turnover rates, but the retail industry is doing far better with these issues.  The survey has shown that only 35 percent of those surveyed reported difficulty and if they were having difficulties, it was normally in the Retail Personnel and Merchandising sectors.

At least half of those surveyed stated that they felt optimistic about 2012. In fact, eHire’s survey indicated that most experts believe that retail industry will see a better 2012 than 2011, as the economy grows stronger.

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