WASHINGTON — Retailers boosted payrolls in November as the overall economy posted a steady employment gain and the unemployment rate fell, the U.S. Labor Department’s monthly employment report showed Friday.
Clothing and accessories stores, which had shed jobs in the past three months, reversed the trend and added 2,000 seasonally adjusted jobs to employ 1.4 million in November. General merchandise stores, including discounters and department stores, added 13,800 jobs in November to employ 3.1 million, following a gain of 7,800 last month. Department stores increased employment by 4,300 to employ 1.5 million.
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