The National Retail Federation reported that retail industry employment increased by 12,900 jobs in November over October. The unusually high number excludes automobile dealers, gas stations, and restaurants. The increase compares with a monthly loss of 10,300 jobs in October, although that figure came after a monthly increase of 10,600 jobs in September. The three-month moving average in November showed an increase of 4,400 jobs. Retailers’ annual hiring of temporary holiday workers is on track to reach the high end of NRF’s forecast of between 500,000 and 550,000 positions.

See NRF’s 2017 holiday sales predictions.