WASHINGTON — The apparel and textile industries mirrored the overall employment declines and continued to shed seasonally adjusted jobs last month, as did apparel and accessories stores. But department stores posted a big job gain, according to the Labor Department’s monthly employment report released Friday.

U.S. companies slashed 308,000 jobs from their payrolls in February, pushing the overall unemployment rate to 5.8 percent at a time when the country is on the brink of war with Iraq.

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