By  on August 4, 2013

WASHINGTON — Retailers picked up the pace of hiring in July, adding 46,800 jobs as employment gains in the overall economy continued at a steady pace, the U.S. Labor Department’s monthly employment report showed Friday.

Apparel and accessories stores added 4,300 jobs to employ 1.45 million in July. General merchandise stores, including discounters and department stores, added 9,100 jobs to employ 3.1 million. Department stores added 200 jobs to employ 1.5 million in July.

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