By  on February 9, 2014

WASHINGTON — General merchandise stores posted the biggest gain in retail-sector employment growth in January, as the overall pace of jobs growth slowed and the unemployment rate dipped, the U.S. Department of Labor’s monthly employment report showed Friday.

General merchandise stores, a category that includes department stores and discounters, added a seasonally adjusted 7,000 jobs to employ 3.1 million last month, while department stores increased employment by 1,800 jobs to employ 1.35 million. Apparel and accessories stores trimmed 1,900 jobs from payrolls to employ 1.4 million, coming off two months of strong jobs gains.

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