By  on February 9, 2009

WASHINGTON — Apparel and textile manufacturers cut 9,600 jobs in January and department stores slashed 8,600 positions as U.S. payrolls fell by 598,000, the worst loss in 34 years.

The U.S. Labor Department said employment at department stores fell to 1.5 million workers, and specialty stores added 1,400 positions to employ 1.45 million.

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