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Shippers demand creation of “jobs agenda”

By Patrick Burnson, Executive Editor
August 10, 2011

U.S. shippers may be “breathing a sigh of relief” that unemployment numbers are taking a step in the right direction. But the world’s largest retail trade association says much more needs to be done…and soon.

“As an industry that provides jobs to more than 40 million Americans, consumer confidence in our economy and our government could not be more crucial as retailers inch closer to the holiday season,” said National Retail Federation President and CEO Matthew Shay.

In a statement to NRF members, he noted that now that the first chapter of the debt ceiling debate is behind us, retailers need Congress and the Administration to advance a strong jobs agenda that includes corporate tax reform, visa reform and passing the pending free trade agreements.”?

According to the report, retailers added 26,000 jobs in July, second only to the health care industry.?? It also echoes many of the observations we made in our State of Logistics report.

“While positive retail jobs growth in July is another indicator that retailers are pulling their weight in this economic recovery, a strong jobs agenda would allow retailers to increase hiring on an even larger scale,”?Shay added.

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Patrick Burnson
Executive Editor

Patrick Burnson is executive editor for Logistics Management and Supply Chain Management Review magazines and web sites. Patrick is a widely-published writer and editor who has spent most of his career covering international trade, global logistics, and supply chain management. He lives and works in San Francisco, providing readers with a Pacific Rim perspective on industry trends and forecasts. You can reach him directly at .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).


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