These states have been hit hardest by the retail apocalypse


The retail industry is undergoing a period of massive disruption amid record-high rates of store closures, layoffs, and bankruptcies.

For many parts of the country, retail employment has started slowly climbing again since hitting recessionary lows between 2009 and 2011.

Washington, DC, for example, has seen retail employment grow nearly 23% since January 2007, according to the Bureau of Labour Statistics.

But many states are still struggling to bounce back.


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More than 6,100 stores are closing in 2019 as the retail apocalypse drags on – here’s the full list

We ranked each state by its retail employment levels from January 2007 to March 2019 to find out which states have been hit hardest by the retail apocalypse.

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51. Washington, DC: 22.8% retail job growth


50. Utah: 20.2% retail job growth

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49. Washington: 20.1% retail job growth


48. Texas: 15.8% retail job growth

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47. Florida: 10.9% retail job growth

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46. North Carolina: 9.2% retail job growth

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45. Colorado: 9.1% retail job growth

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44. Nevada: 9% retail job growth

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43. Idaho: 7.7% retail job growth

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42. South Carolina: 6.7% retail job growth

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41. Oregon: 5.5% retail job growth

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40. New York: 5.3% retail job growth


39. North Dakota: 5.1% retail job growth

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38. Oklahoma: 4.9% retail job growth

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37. South Dakota: 4.6% retail job growth

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36. Arkansas: 4.5% retail job growth

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35. Montana: 3.3% retail job growth

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34. Tennessee: 2.9% retail job growth

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33. Georgia: 2.4% retail job growth


32. Louisiana: 1.7% retail job growth

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30 (tie). Massachusetts: 1.3% retail job growth


30 (tie). Hawaii: 1.3% retail job growth


28 (tie). Kentucky: 0% retail job growth


28 (tie). Alaska: 0% retail job growth

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26 (tie). California: 0.1% retail job losses

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26 (tie). Arizona: 0.1% retail job losses

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25. Nebraska: 1.1% retail job losses

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24. Minnesota: 1.2% retail job losses


23. Wisconsin: 1.3% retail job losses

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22. Iowa: 1.6% retail job losses

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21. Kansas: 1.9% retail job losses

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20. Missouri: 2.1% retail job losses


19. New Jersey: 2.3% retail job losses

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18. Mississippi: 2.5% retail job losses


16 (tie). Alabama: 2.6% retail job losses


16 (tie). New Hampshire: 2.6% retail job losses

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15. Delaware: 2.8% retail job losses

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13 (tie). Indiana: 2.9% retail job losses

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13 (tie). Maine: 2.9% retail job losses


12. Virginia: 4% retail job losses


11. New Mexico: 4.2% retail job losses

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10. Michigan: 4.7% retail job losses


8 (tie). Wyoming: 5.4% retail job losses


8 (tie). Illinois: 5.4% retail job losses

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7. Pennsylvania: 6.2% retail job losses


6. Maryland: 6.4% retail job losses

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5. Connecticut: 6.9% retail job losses

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4. Ohio: 7.1% retail job losses

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3. Rhode Island: 7.7% retail job losses

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2. Vermont: 8.2% retail job losses

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1. West Virginia: 10.3% retail job losses

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