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When the economy takes a downward turn, the effects are felt by many different people across all ends of the spectrum. From small businesses having difficulties staying afloat, to an employee who was just laid-off wondering where the mortgage payment will come from; economic difficulties affect everyone. There have been many proven correlations between an economic recession and aspects of the economy that depend on spending and finances in general. Among one of the most prevalent of these correlating relationships is the relationship between the economy and retail jobs.
Retails jobs, as the name implies, deal in the retail industry. These types of jobs depend heavily on consumer spending. The more people that are out purchasing items, the more these companies grow and need to hire personnel to deal with the growing consumer base. However, when economic difficulties hit, people begin spending less to accommodate drops or losses of income and pay bills. When this occurs, retail outlets that depend so heavily on consistent consumer spending are forced to down-size and lay-off employees in order to weather the financial losses they are experiencing.
Currently, the economy is laying stagnant, never consistently moving in a positive or negative direction for more than a couple of days at a time. Due to this fact, some consumers are beginning to venture out and purchase more goods and services, regardless of the fact the economy is still in a difficult position. While in fact the retail industry is far from what it was prior to the recession, this has the brightest it has looked in a while.