Economic Impact: Optimistic outlook should mean strong holiday sales for retailers

The holiday selling season is in full force at stores in malls and shopping centers. It is the time of year that represents about 20 percent of the retail industry's total sales. And based on recent announcements by some national retailers and online sellers that are looking to hire more seasonal workers than last year, it looks like the chains are optimistic about the upcoming holiday selling season. There is good reason for that bright outlook.

Pokénomics Sees Regional Differences Among Players

As a preferred provider of labor market data, Chmura Economics & Analytics set out to answer this question: “If Pokémon were real, which U.S. metropolitan areas would be best for Pokémon Trainers?” Chmura created the following five industries that have employees best equipped to support players of Pokémon: 1. Trainers, 2. Gyms, 3. Veterinarians (Healers or Pokémon Centers), 4. Selected retail shops (or Poke Mart), and 5. Teachers (Professors). Chmura’s CEO and Chief Economist, Dr. Christine Chmura, said “If Pokémon were real, trainers would be most successful in regions with the greatest concentration of people with the skills to help them become masters.”