) -- Retailers are in the red as investors fear disappointing jobs data will reignite consumers' fears.

The Labor Department said on Friday that 431,000 jobs were added in May, lower than the 500,000 economists expected. The majority of these new jobs were actually temporary hires of consensus workers. The unemployment number edged lower to 9.7%.

This follows another disappointing month for retail sales. On Thursday, companies posted lackluster

May sales data

, with most either missing or just matching Wall Street's estimates.

Both of these issues are weighing on the sector, with the S&P Retail Index tanking 3.3% to 429.67 in midday trading.

Discounters, in particular, are closely tied to unemployment data, as it weighs on their lower-income demographic the most. As a result, shares of


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are falling 3.2% to $52.73,


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is off 2.9% to $56.27,

BJ's Wholesale

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is dropping 2.7% to $37.73 and

99 Cents Only Stores

( NDN) is tumbling 5.6% to $14.07.

On top of the jobs data,


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annual shareholder meeting

didn't help matters. The retail behemoth has been struggling with declining comparable sales and traffic, yet CEO Mike Duke provided little color on how management plans to regain and retain its customer base. Shares of Wal-Mart are falling 2% to $50.71 in midday trading.

Teen retailers, in particular, struggled the most in May, down 2.1% according to



Abercombie & Fitch

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is tanking 6.3% to $35.20,


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is losing 7.3% to $33.82,

Pacific Sunwear of California


is down 5.4% to $3.48 and


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is off 4.4% to $16.67.

Within the department store sector, the losses are staggering.


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is face-planting 9.1% to $25.20,


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is falling 5.9% to $21.16,

J.C. Penney

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is sliding 6.2% to $25.40,



is plummeting 6.4% to $8.56 and


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is diving 5.1% to $36.56.

Still, amid the bloodbath, there's one standout:


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is gaining 1.5% to $22.51, although there is no clear, immediate reason for the gain.

-- Reported by Jeanine Poggi in New York.

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