WASHINGTON — Apparel and accessories stores and discounters posted jobs gains in March, while department stores continued to trim payrolls as overall job growth in the economy continued at a steady pace, the U.S. Department of Labor’s monthly employment report showed Friday.
Specialty stores added a seasonally adjusted 1,300 jobs to employ 1.39 million last month, while department stores shed 800 jobs to employ 1.3 million. General merchandise stores, a category that includes department stores and discounters, added 3,600 jobs to employ 3.1 million in March.
In the overall economy, employers added 192,000 jobs, while the unemployment rate remained unchanged at 6.7 percent.
In the apparel and textile manufacturing sector, mills making apparel fabrics and yarns shed 400 jobs to employ 116,900, while mills making home furnishings products added 100 jobs to employ 110,900.
Apparel employment fell 700 to 136,000 in March.