By and  on August 1, 2014

WASHINGTON — Specialty chains and discounters boosted payrolls in July, while department stores trimmed jobs as the nation’s unemployment rate ticked up slightly, according to the U.S. Department of Labor’s monthly employment report released Friday.

Apparel and accessories stores added a seasonally adjusted 6,900 jobs to employ 1.4 million in July, while general merchandise stores, a category that includes department stores and discounters, added 6,500 jobs to employ 3.1 million last month. But department stores continued to show weakness, cutting 300 jobs to employ 1.3 million.

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