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September 3, 2014 - The Changing Nature of Jobs in Retail Trade
With 81,300 jobs in 2013, retail trade was the third largest sector in Maine, accounting for 14 percent of nonfarm payroll jobs. Hit hard by the recent recession, the sector lost 4,800 jobs from the 2007 peak to the 2010 trough. Only construction and manufacturing shed more jobs during and in the immediate aftermath of the recession. Although the economy as a whole has been recovering jobs since 2010, the number of retail jobs only started to recover late in 2013.

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