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Many retail jobs that disappeared during the pandemic might not return, says commerce secretary

Many retail jobs that disappeared during the pandemic might not return, says commerce secretary

VP Kamala Harris and Commerce Secretary Gina Raimondo browse in Books on the Square in Rhode Island.
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Commerce Secretary Gina Raimondo on Thursday said a lot of retail jobs may not return.




Raimondo told CNBC that retail jobs "might not be coming back, or coming back in the same numbers."




The US added 850,000 payrolls in June, beating expectations.




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Many US retail and service-industry jobs that went away during the pandemic weren't expected to return, Commerce Secretary Gina Raimondo said. "The real issue, I think, is that a lot of the jobs that folks lost are the kinds of jobs - let's say, for example, in retail or services industries - that might not be coming back, or coming back in the same numbers," Raimondo told CNBC on Thursday. Earlier, the Labor Department reported 364,000 jobless claims for the previous week, marking a pandemic-era low. Raimondo's comments came ahead of Friday's jobs report from the Bureau of Labor Statistics, which showed the US adding 850,000 payrolls in June, beating expectations. But the future of work for retail employees and others remained more complex, as the world slowly returned to normal following the COVID-19, Raimondo said.
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