How to Quickly Find an Industry’s Employment Total and History

This is the second of a brief series of emails to show you how to get the most out of the new Industry Analytics tool that is now available within Plunkett Research Online.

Let’s say you want to know how employment within department stores has changed over time.

First, go to the Search All Center on Plunkett Research Online. Here, you will be able to choose from hundreds of specific industries.

Click Industry Analytics.

Use the drop down menu to start your search.
In the Filter Keyword box, enter “Department Stores.” Click Filter.

Then, click Employment and Establishments.

Here, you will find a seven-year history of employment, number of firms, establishments and more.

You can see that the employee count declined from 639,100 in 2007 to 532,200 in 2013. You can also see that the largest drop was in 2009, -7.66%.

And, there’s a lot more vital data in the page you just created.

Further down the page, you can see that the average yearly sales per establishment also dropped, from $19.8 million in 2007 to $17.6 million in 2013.

Finally, you will see that the average sales per employee has also dropped, from $123,635 in 2007 to $120,043 in 2013.

That’s the power of Plunkett Analytics at work! If you are a current subscriber, then please log in to to try out Analytics today!

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