PUBLIC VIEWPOINT Re-Examining Labor Markets

Posted: March 22, 2013 at 2:18 a.m.

On March 11, John Gore wrote an article titled, “Economic Development Tricky For City Leaders.” In the article Steve Cox, vice president for economic development at the Rogers-Lowell Area Chamber of Commerce, was quoted, “If you work at a retail store, you’re gaining experience, knowledge and a paycheck. A viable retail sector allows worker upward mobility to another job with better pay.” Annette Bernhardt with the Institute of Education has proven this claim false as early as 1999. The retail sector spends less on training and employee development than any other sector, leaving little skills to take to the open market.

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Opinion, Pages 5 on 03/22/2013


If you're going to be in retail in NWA work for Harps Stores or Metro Supply in Lowell. Both stores are employee owned and offer merit based advancement and benefits.

Posted by: cdawg

March 23, 2013 at 12:26 a.m. ( | suggest removal )