By and  on September 5, 2014

Specialty chains and department stores trimmed payrolls in August, while discounters added jobs as the nation’s unemployment rate fell slightly, according to the U.S. Department of Labor’s monthly employment report released Friday.

Apparel and accessories stores cut a seasonally adjusted 6,200 jobs to employ 1.39 million in August, while department stores shed 900 jobs to employ 1.34 million last month. General merchandise stores, a category that includes department stores and discounters, added 7,600 jobs to payrolls to employ 3.1 million.

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