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Canadian Employers Shed Jobs as Retail Sector Contracts

Posted May 11, 2015

Under Economic Issues

(Tavia Grant – Globe & Mail)

The Target effect is denting Canada’s jobs numbers.

Employers shed a total of 19,700 jobs last month, according to Statistics Canada, the most since August, as retailers eliminated thousands of sales, cashiers and clerks positions.

The numbers show the impact of a raft of store closings amid upheaval in the sector, including Target Canada, Best Buy, Mexx, Smart Set, Indigo Books and Sony. The sector may be in flux, but it remains the largest source of employment in the country. [...]

The retail sector posted a loss of 20,500 workers, Statscan said Friday, leaving employment levels flat from a year earlier. Monthly jobs numbers can be volatile, but separate payrolls data show the retail sector has contracted for four months in a row. Click here to read more.