WASHINGTON — Job losses in domestic textile mills and apparel factories continued to be tempered last month, as companies got a piece of retailers’ back-to-school and restocking orders, the Labor Department reported Friday.

Textile mills in September employed a seasonally adjusted 2,000 fewer workers than August, as apparel factories trimmed payrolls by 8,000. Starting in May, the twin industries have enjoyed a respite from their long-term pattern of steeper job losses.

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