2014 Retrospective: Retail Employment: Key Seasons Provide Lift

Retail employment in apparel and accessories stores across California remained steady for much of the year, with upticks in employment in the months leading up to retail’s busiest seasons—Back to School and Christmas.

According to the California Employment Development Department, employment numbers rose from November 2013 to January 2014 (peaking at 205,000 in December) then fell to 179,300 in February. The monthly figures steadily increased until August, when employment topped at 178,600. After a dip in September, the employment figures began rising again until October, the most recent month tracked by the EDD.