By  on September 5, 2008

WASHINGTON — The U.S. retail employment picture was mixed in August, with specialty apparel stores adding 3,600 jobs to employ 1.499 million, while department stores cut 6,900 positions to employ 1.512 million, the Labor Department reported today.

The national unemployment rated jumped to 6.1 percent from 5.7 percent to 6.1 percent in August.

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