U.S. retail sales plummeted 8.7% in March, an unprecedented decline, as the viral outbreak forced an almost complete lockdown of commerce nationwide. The deterioration of sales far outpaced the previous record decline of 3.9% that took place during the depths of the Great Recession in November 2008. Read the rest of the story on AP Newsroom. Certain employment sectors have been hit hard by coronavirus pandemic. A look at changes in those sectors since Jan. 2020 and change since last month.