By Russell Redman
Source: Winsight Grocery Business

Employment at grocery stores rebounded in July as the retail segment posted job gains after shedding positions in the previous month.

Food and beverage retailers added 5,900 jobs for July (seasonally adjusted), compared with a downward-revised 1,100 jobs lost for June and 3,500 jobs added in May, according to data released Friday by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS). Before the June decrease, grocery retail’s last employment downturn came in March, when 6,700 jobs were lost.

The total job count for food and beverage stores remained virtually flat in July, inching up 0.2% to 3.25 million from 3.24 million in June.

Year over year, the grocery retail segment added 53,300 jobs in July, up 1.7%, compared with an annual increase of 63,000 jobs in June, a 2% uptick, BLS reported. July’s gain represented the ninth consecutive month of yearly job growth for food and beverage stores since a decline in October.

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