The Wall Street Journal:
Call it lipstick on a pig, but thereâ€™s at least one bright spot in the nationâ€™s bleak employment data. While it may take years to replace the millions of jobs lost in the recession, one employer is already on a hiring spree: Mary Kay Cosmetics.
The direct-sales giant last week reported signing up more than 165,000 new U.S. sales reps in April, the largest monthly amount in a decade, the company says. Since these new hires are technically independent sellers â€“ rather than full-time staffers â€“ the gains can also be seen as a rare example of small-business growth.
The upturn is in stark contrast to a report released Monday by the United States Conference of Mayors showing a loss of 7.3 million jobs in the nationâ€™s 363 metropolitan areas since the recession, declines that arenâ€™t expected to be recouped until 2014, at the earliest.
Mary Kay â€“ famous for awarding top sellers with a pink Cadillac â€“ employs more than 2 million â€œindependent beauty consultantsâ€ as the Texas-based company calls its sales reps: â€œMembers of the Mary Kay independent sales force are in business for themselves, set their own schedules, build their own customer base and determine their own level of success,â€ the company says.
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