March 12, 2012 | last updated June 1, 2012 1:09 pm

CT's Jan. jobless rate down to 8 percent

Connecticut's added 7,100 jobs in January to cut its jobless rate slightly to 8 percent in the month -- lowest in nearly three years, state labor regulators say.

The state Department of Labor released its first jobs report of the new year on Monday -- a typical reporting delay for the agency. December's state jobless rate was 8.1 percent, lowest since April 2009.

The state's report comes on the heels of the U.S. jobs report last week showing national unemployment was unchanged in February at 8.3 percent despite a gain of 227,000 jobs in the month .

Connecticut labor authorities also said that as a result of the benchmark revisions, yearly job growth in December declined slightly from 9,000 to 7,800.

But in January, Connecticut's year-over-year job growth climbed to 11,900.

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