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Connecticut Loses 6,000 Jobs; Unemployment Rate Stays At 8.1%

Unemployment remained unchanged in August but Connecticut lost about 6,000 jobs, the state Department of Labor recently reported.
Unemployment remained unchanged in August but Connecticut lost about 6,000 jobs, the state Department of Labor recently reported. Photo Credit: Courtesy the Connecticut Department of Labor

FAIRFIELD COUNTY, Conn. -- Connecticut lost about 6,000 jobs in in August and lower Fairfield County lost the most jobs for the month, according to statistics released recently from the state Department of Labor.

The Stamford-Norwalk area lost the most jobs in the state, while the Danbury area saw no change, according to the statistics.

The state's unemployment rate remained unchanged at 8.1 percent in August but was down half a percent from a year ago, with 10,951 fewer unemployed residents, according to the statistics.

“As suspected, the very high June and July education numbers were driven by a seasonal adjustment process that was confused by the late closing school year. The August numbers corrected that pattern,” said Andy Condon, director of the Office of Research, in a news release from the Department of Labor. “Connecticut continued to see growth in the private sector particularly in the goods-producing industry supersectors, including construction/mining and manufacturing.”

Two of the six major Connecticut Labor Market Areas had job gains in August and three others saw declines, according to the release.

Connecticut has recovered 62,200 positions, or 51.3 percent of the 121,200 jobs that were lost in the state in the March 2008 to February 2010 recession, according to the release. The state's jobs recovery is 42-months-old and is averaging about 1,481 jobs per month since February 2010, according to the release.

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