By  on September 8, 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 slashed 6,900 positions to employ 1.512 million.

The national unemployment rate jumped to 6.1 percent from 5.7 percent in July, the Labor Department reported Friday.

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