The job outlook for Retail and Wholesale Buyers is considered Below Average because:
1. Employment grew at an average rate.
2. The retirement rate is above average, and the number of retiring workers contributes to job openings.
3. Hourly wages ($16.33) are close to the average ($18.07), and the rate of wage growth is close to the average.
4. The unemployment rate (4%) is close to the 2004 average (7%).