By  on November 6, 2011

WASHINGTON — Retailers added jobs to payrolls across the board in October as the overall unemployment rate dipped, according to a Labor Department report released Friday.

Apparel and accessories stores added a seasonally adjusted 1,400 jobs to employ 1.4 million last month compared with September, while department stores boosted payrolls by 5,400 to employ 1.5 million. General merchandise stores, a category that includes discounters and department stores, added 10,000 jobs last month to employ 3 million.

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