By  on November 8, 2013

WASHINGTON — Retailers appeared to shrug off concerns about the government shutdown and potential debt default in mid-October, as hiring continued at a steady pace in most segments last month, the U.S. Labor Department’s monthly employment report showed Friday.

Discounters and department stores added jobs to payrolls in October, driving an overall retail employment gain of 44,400. However, softness in hiring at apparel and accessories stores remained a concern as merchants in that sector shed jobs for the second consecutive month.

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