Study: Uptick in retail hirings so far this year

CHELMSFORD Mass. New hirings in the retail sector increased slightly in the first half of 2009, a possible indicator the U.S. economy is stabilizing, according to figures released Tuesday by human resources software firm Kronos Inc.

Called the Kronos Retail Labor Index, the findings track the applications and hiring patterns of 68 retailers that have used Kronos’ hiring systems since 2006, representing about 15 percent of the U.S. consumer retail labor market.

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