WASHINGTON — The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics released Thursday that retail employment has increased in July, the latest sign that employers are adding jobs as retailers like Amazon and FedEx continue to expand their online businesses.
The bureau said retail employment grew by 6,000 jobs in July to a seasonally adjusted 1.2 million, which was the second-highest monthly increase in its nearly three-decade history.
The employment numbers came after the Federal Reserve last week announced a plan to buy $85 billion worth of Treasury securities, including bonds and mortgage-backed securities, as it prepares to begin a bond-buying program.
Amazon and FedEx have reported a surge in business in the past few weeks, and retailers are also looking to boost sales.
FedEx and Amazon reported that their online shipments in July rose 12.5 percent to $11.5 billion.
The two companies said they would add 5,500 new jobs in the coming year, the second time in three months they have added jobs.
The firms said they have expanded in a number of markets and are expanding operations.
Amazon, which has a retail presence in 20 states and the District of Columbia, announced plans to open a new warehouse in the suburbs of Baltimore, Maryland, this summer, and FedEx has opened a new facility in Washington state.
Fedex said it expects to hire 8,000 people in the next 12 months and has expanded its distribution center in Baltimore.
Fed Ex said it has opened new offices in Atlanta, Cincinnati, Indianapolis, Portland, Salt Lake City, Washington and Portland, Oregon.
Amazon said it will add 1,000 new jobs this year.