By  on January 5, 2018

The December holiday season usually means retailers add a slew of temporary workers — not so in 2017.

Instead, specialty apparel and accessories stores during December shed 3,800 jobs, after nixing 5,600 in November and 5,800 the month before, according to seasonally adjusted figures from the Labor Department. Department stores, too, cut 8,200 jobs during December, outweighing the hiring of 3,100 people in November. Department stores reduced their collective workforce by 5,000 the prior two months after extreme hurricanes in the southern U.S. and its territories.

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