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It may come as a surprise to some that the declining retail industry added 6,300 jobs in April, after reporting massive losses for the past few months.

Still, retail added one of the lowest amount of jobs in April, compared to other industries that powered the strong headline number.

On Friday, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reported the U.S. economy added 211,000 jobs last month, with leisure and hospitality adding 55,000 jobs, healthcare 20,000, and the financial sector hiring 19,000. 

The government did revise the number of retail job losses in March down to 27,000, versus the 30,000 eliminations that were reported last month. The sector still saw 31,000 jobs vanish in February.

While retail added some positions in April, the sector also looks to be planning for job cuts in the months ahead. Outplacement consultancy Challenger, Gray & Christmas reported that retail announced 11,669 job cuts in April, leading all industries. In total, employers planned for 43,310 job eliminations, said Challenger, Gray & Christmas.

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Retail has been in decline for awhile now but over the past few months, the number of Chapter 11 filings and store closures within the sector have intensified.

On April 28, specialty menswear retailer B&B Bachrach filed for bankruptcy, following in the footsteps of discount shoe store chain Payless ShoeSourceGordmans Stores (GMAN) - Get Goldman Sachs Manufacturing Revolution ETF Report  , sporting goods retailer Gander Mountain, RadioShack successor General Wireless Operations, appliances, electronics and furniture retailer HHgregg and ready-to-wear products designer and seller BCBG Max Azria Global Holdings.

By the TheStreet's count, there are 20 more major retailers that have shuttered, or are in the process of shuttering, massive amounts of locations, including Sears Holdings (SHLD)  , Macy's (M) - Get Macy's Inc Report and J.C. Penney (JCP) - Get J. C. Penney Company, Inc. Report .

In April, Macy's announced an eye-popping 10,000 job cuts, J.C. Penney 5,500 and Sears, 406, according to Challenger, Gray & Christmas.

All of the struggling retailers have blamed their troubles on the same widely-reported issues: slowing foot traffic at malls, increasing labor and rent costs and the growing competition from e-commerce titans like Amazon  (AMZN) - Get Amazon.com, Inc. Report.

Editors' pick: Originally published May 5.