Despite the sluggish economy, more people in Wisconsin had retail jobs at the start of the holiday shopping season than a year ago.
That's according to the state Department of Workforce Development.
State labor market economist Terry Ludeman said the retail sector has continued to expand in Wisconsin, while other industries have languished in the economic downturn.
In November, more than 519,000 people worked in retail sales in Wisconsin, up from nearly 511,000 in October and about 516,000 in November of 2001. Numbers for December aren't yet available.
Ludeman said stores hired workers because they expected a busy holiday shopping season.