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Retail Establishments
3,617,486
Direct Retail Employment
28,113,476
Total Retail Employment Impact
41,620,604
Direct Labor Income
$770 billion
Total Labor Income Impact
$1.49 trillion
Direct Impact on GDP
$1.2 trillion
Total Impact on GDP
$2.48 trillion
US image  United States Retail Information
Retail supports 1 in 4 American jobs.
Retail is directly and indirectly responsible for 18% of the U.S. GDP.
Retail directly and indirectly generates 17% of the U.S. labor income.
Retail supports 41,620,604 jobs in the U.S.

United States Facts

Fifty States and nine territories
State Capital -
Washington, D.C.
Area -
3,794,083 square miles
Population -
307,006,550 (as of 2009)

The Direct Impact of the Retail Industry in United States by Sub-Sector, 2009

NAICSsort descending Sub-sector Description Employment (Jobs) Labor Income ($millions) GDP ($millions) Retail Establishments
441 Motor vehicle and parts dealers 1,841,545 $93,932 $113,423 284,473
442 Furniture and home furnishings stores 519,261 $19,056 $34,251 96,800
443 Electronics and appliances stores 526,663 $24,895 $30,864 77,526
445 Food and beverage stores 2,952,521 $88,873 $144,148 251,281
446 Health and personal care stores 1,165,033 $44,540 $69,759 217,670
447 Gasoline stations 853,427 $28,775 $47,020 114,908
448 Clothing and clothing accessories stores 1,561,152 $36,116 $71,553 261,309
451 Sporting goods, hobby, book and music stores 777,132 $17,037 $27,856 141,994
452 General merchandise stores 2,988,235 $82,076 $133,533 79,693
453 Miscellaneous store retailers 1,576,366 $31,966 $48,030 373,056
453 Miscellaneous store retailers 1,576,366 $31,966 $48,030 373,056
454 Nonstore retailers 1,700,912 $31,471 $92,059 797,871
722 Food services and drinking places 10,428,660 $224,703 $318,242 811,845
Industry Description Employment (Jobs)sort ascending GDP ($Billion)
Retail trade (including food services and drinking places)
28,113,476 $1,204
Health care and social assistance
18,782,100 $1,057
Manufacturing
12,393,700 $1,584
Professional, scientific, and technical services
11,828,800 $1,068
Administrative and waste services
9,939,300 $386
Other services, except public administration
9,882,500 $335
Construction
9,505,000 $537
Finance and insurance
9,432,000 $1,171
Real estate and rental and leasing
7,534,100 $1,868
Wholesale trade
6,161,900 $780
Transportation and warehousing
5,499,300 $389
Educational services
3,923,400 $154
Arts, entertainment, and recreation
3,822,000 $127
3,468,300 $133
Information
3,359,300 $639
Management of companies and enterprises
1,962,600 $246
Mining
1,358,500 $240
Utilities
600,200 $268
* Source: PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP,
The Economic Impact of the U.S. Retail Industry,
August 2011. All data pertain to 2009.

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