Texas ranks No. 3 in retail job growth
Texas saw slim growth in its retail workforce between January 2008 and January 2012, making it one of only five states to add retail jobs during that period, which included the recession.
Texas added 1,000 retail jobs during that four-year period, the Business Journals' On the Numbers analysis of U.S. Census Bureau data shows. That ranks the state No. 3 after New York and North Dakota, which added 4,300 and 2,800 jobs, respectively.
South Dakota added 400 retail positions, and Washington, D.C., added 300. Oklahoma's retail workforce remained flat, and the remaining 45 states lost retail jobs.
California saw the biggest decline in total retail jobs, losing 132,900 jobs — more than twice as many as any other state. Idaho, Arizona and Rhode Island lost the largest percentages of their retail workforce, down 10.4 percent, 10.3 percent and 10.1 percent, respectively.
Additionally, the 1,000 jobs Texas gained over the four-year period only increased its existing retail workforce of 1.176 million by 0.9 percent. Even North Dakota's and New York's retail additions only increased their workforces by 6.45 percent and 0.48 percent, respectively.