By and  on January 8, 2010

WASHINGTON — Apparel retailers across the country cut 5,900 jobs in December, reversing gains reported in November as stores hired extra help for the holidays.

In the height of the holiday season, department stores cut 5,600 positions to employ 1.51 million people, while specialty stores eliminated 300 jobs to employ 1.42 million, the Labor Department said Friday.

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