WASHINGTON — Specialty stores, discounters and department stores all boosted payrolls in March, the U.S. Department of Labor’s monthly employment report revealed Friday.
Apparel and accessories stores added 1,500 seasonally adjusted jobs to employ 1.38 million in March, while department stores added 1,600 jobs to employ 1.34 million. General merchandise stores, a category that includes discounters and department stores, added 10,900 jobs to employ 3.1 million.
In the overall economy, employers added 126,000 jobs and the unemployment rate remained unchanged at 5.5 percent in March.
In manufacturing, textile mills making apparel fabrics and yarns cut 400 jobs to employ 118,500, while employment at mills making home-furnishing products fell 500 to 113,900. Apparel manufacturing employment fell 200 to 137,600 last month.