Retailers hired 576,800 seasonal workers for holidays.
Retail employment nearly unchanged from September.
The September numbers come as retail continues a long-term pattern of increased sales.
Overall, U.S. businesses added 134,000 jobs over August, the Labor Department said.
NRF forecasts holiday sales will increase between 4.3 and 4.8 percent.
The numbers exclude automobile dealers, gasoline stations and restaurants.
The National Retail Federation says tariffs remain a threat.
However, trade war could become a ‘turning point’ in confidence.
The numbers exclude automobiles, gasoline stations and restaurants.
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