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It's a Terrible Time to Work in Retail

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As if working retail wasn't depressing enough, employees will continue to see low wages and limited flexibility for the foreseeable future, according to NBC News.

Calculations of government wage data compiled by the Economic Policy Institute revealed that, "Most retail workers are earning less than they were 35 years ago, after adjusting for inflation, and experts say they are increasingly being asked to accept unpredictable schedules so retailers can get the most work out of them at the lowest cost."

A weak job market and increased competition among companies to sell the lowest-priced goods offer little hope of a turnaround. And while the online retail boom may have created more jobs, the majority tend to be similar low-paying opportunities in call centers and warehouses. —Lauren Berger
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