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With Strikes Over, Employment in Food Stores on the Rise

April 5, 2004
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Employment in food stores increased by 13,000 in March, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. This reflects the impact of employees returning from strikes.

Overall in March, the retail trade sector, of which food stores are a subset, added 47,000 jobs in March. The sector has added 132,000 jobs since December 2003.

Another hot industry is construction, where employment increased by 71,000 in March. Construction has added more than 200,000 jobs to the U.S. economy over the past year. Most of the March employment gain occurred among specialty trade contractors, according to the BLS.

Information on employment trends of the future is available online.

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