Hir­ing picked up in six US states last month

Kuwait Times - - BUSINESS -

Hir­ing picked up in six US states last month, fell in three and was mostly un­changed in 41 states in Au­gust. The La­bor Depart­ment said Friday that the un­em­ploy­ment rate rose in eight states, dropped in one, and was also mostly the same in 41 states. The fig­ures re­flect the steady job gains na­tion­wide that have fu­eled the eight-year long eco­nomic re­cov­ery from the Great Re­ces­sion. US em­ploy­ers added 156,000 jobs over­all last month, and the un­em­ploy­ment rate ticked up to 4.4 per­cent, still near a 16-year low.

The govern­ment said the data was col­lected be­fore Hur­ri­cane Har­vey plowed through Texas and Louisiana in the fi­nal week of the month and didn’t af­fect the fig­ures. The un­em­ploy­ment rate fell to 3.3 per­cent in Ten­nessee, the low­est on records in that state dat­ing back to 1976. North Dakota and Colorado re­ported the na­tion’s low­est un­em­ploy­ment rates, at 2.3 per­cent and 2.4 per­cent, re­spec­tively.

Sev­eral states re­ported strong job growth in Au­gust com­pared with July. Ge­or­gia added 19,800 jobs, fol­lowed by Mary­land with 14,200 and Mas­sachusetts with 10,800. Ken­tucky, New Mex­ico and New Hamp­shire also re­ported big gains. New Mex­ico saw the largest per­cent­age in­crease, fol­lowed by New Hamp­shire and Mary­land. Ore­gon, Arkansas and Maine re­ported large job losses in Au­gust from the pre­vi­ous month.

Nine­teen states now have un­em­ploy­ment rates be­low the US fig­ure of 4.4 per­cent, in­clud­ing Arkansas, at 3.5 per­cent; Hawaii, at 2.6 per­cent; Idaho, at 2.9 per­cent, and Iowa, at 3.3 per­cent.

Mean­while, Macy’s is in­creas­ing the num­ber of tem­po­rary work­ers it’s hir­ing for dis­tri­bu­tion and ware­houses for the hol­i­day sea­son as it chases fast grow­ing e-com­merce sales. But over­all hol­i­day hir­ing will fall nearly 4 per­cent.

Macy’s says it will be hir­ing 18,000 work­ers to ful­fill on­line or­ders and other tasks at ware­houses de­voted to e-com­merce op­er­a­tions. That’s an in­crease of 3,000 from a year ago. Over­all, Macy’s tem­po­rary hir­ing is ex­pected at 80,000, down from 83,000 a year ago. The over­all de­cline con­trasts with ri­val Tar­get Corp., which an­nounced ear­lier this week that it was hir­ing 100,000 peo­ple to work at its stores, an in­crease of 40 per­cent from a year ago. The re­tailer also plans to hire 4,500 work­ers to help pack and ship on­line or­ders at its ware­houses.

Many other ma­jor re­tail­ers in­clud­ing Ama­zon, JC Pen­ney and Kohl’s have not made their hol­i­day plans pub­lic yet. It pro­vide hints to a store’s ex­pec­ta­tions for the hol­i­day sea­son, which ac­counts for 20 per­cent of all re­tail sales dur­ing the year, ac­cord­ing to the Na­tional Re­tail Fed­er­a­tion, the na­tion’s largest re­tail trade group. Like all depart­ment stores, Macy’s has wres­tled with weak sales as cus­tomers go on­line and also in­creas­ingly spend money on things other than cloth­ing. It’s fac­ing com­pe­ti­tion there as well how­ever, as Ama­zon, digs deeper into fashion. —AP

HIALEAH: In this file photo, peo­ple walk out of a Macy’s depart­ment store in Hialeah, Florida. Macy’s is in­creas­ing the num­ber of tem­po­rary work­ers it’s hir­ing for dis­tri­bu­tion and ware­houses for the hol­i­day sea­son as it chases fast grow­ing e-com­merce sales. — AP

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