In March, retail employment fell to 48,700, down 1,300 jobs from the 50,000 employed in March 2016. Those losses have helped keep a lid on overall retail job growth in Los Angeles. Total retail employment was 445,200 at the end of 2016, below the pre-recession level of 454,400 nearly a decade ago. It dropped nearly 30,000 more jobs in the first three months of this year to 415,500 in March. ( Californias overall unemployment rate stood at 4.9% in March compared with the 4.5% rate nationwide.) But its a far different story in the Inland Empire which includes Ontario, Redlands, Riverside and San Bernardino because of the surge in online shopping. Employment at warehouse and logistics facilities in that region soared to 172,000 by the end of last year, a gain of 48,300 jobs since 2007, EDD figures show. For the Inland Empire, its 23% of all the job growth in this region, Husing said. Note: Job numbers reflect December employment for each year. Source: California Employment Development Dept. (@latimesgraphics) Amazon already has five fulfillment centers in the Inland Empire and nine in California overall, employing 15,000 people who select, pack and ship the products ordered online.
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Clutter crusader Marie Kondo would enjoy shopping here. The brand prides itself on offering fewer, better things that women actually use, like leather totes, simple silk camisoles and dresses, and cashmere crewnecks. We make day-to-day products that women wear in their busy lives, and we make them with the best quality [products]: Leather from Italy, cashmere from Scotland, cotton from Turkey, says cofounder Karla Gallardo. Our mission is to make incredible products that women wear every day. We dont want to make products that sit in our closet. No question about it: Sometimes purchases seem like a great idea at the time, then end up languishing in an overstuffed dresser drawer. Gallardo gets it. Cuyana has launched what Gallardo calls the Lean Closet movement: They offer shoppers a reusable bag to fill up with unwanted clothes, shipping to Cuyana headquarters included. Cuyana then partners with charities devoted to helping domestic violence survivors. Unwanted clothing goes to women in need, and donors get a $10 credit toward a future purchase.
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