As the nation's second largest private sector employer, the retail industry supports over 42 million American jobs. From supply chain to store, retail is offering growth and opportunity to millions of employees. RILA's reach is wide and our member companies take pride in leading the way in career training, wage growth, workforce development, and innovation. As such, we have always known that RILA companies provide a tremendous value to their workforce and year after year the best employer rankings back it up. 2017 is no different.
Recently, Forbes released its list of "America's Best Large Employers for 2017." Not only were several RILA members in the top 50 but the number one and three spots went to CostCo Wholesale and REI, respectively.
As these rankings emphatically demonstrate, retailers, as marketplace leaders, understand the important place they hold in our economy as well as the overall impact our industry has in the marketplace. That is why the RILA members are committed to creating a positive impact each day by fostering their role as the training ground for millions of workers. Whether employees are stepping into the workforce, seeking a leg up, or establishing a long-lasting career, America's retail industry is offering more jobs and career opportunity than virtually any other. Their ability to offer first jobs or second chances is vital to keep our economy and our workforce growing.
The face of the economy and retail industry may be changing, but RILA members' commitment to their workforce is unwavering. RILA companies will continue to lead the way in creating forward-thinking workforce policies to promote innovation, growth and opportunities in the retail industry.
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