By  on May 3, 2013

WASHINGTON — Retailers buoyed by more positive economic news added a combined total of 29,000 jobs to payrolls in April, in line with a steady gain in employment in the overall economy.

Apparel and accessories stores added a seasonally adjusted 400 jobs to employ 1.44 million last month. General merchandise retailers, including discounters and department stores, added 14,800 jobs to employ 3.12 million. Within the general merchandise group, 7,900 of the jobs came from department stores, which employed 1.49 million at the end of last month.

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