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Connecticut added an estimated 4,700 jobs in September, the ninth consecutive month of job growth as the state’s recovery from the lockdowns of early 2020 continues to pick up steam.
Calculations by the federal Bureau of Labor Statistics indicate Connecticut’s official unemployment rate in September stood at 6.8%, down from 7.2% in August.
According to officials with the state Department of Labor, last month’s gains were broad, with the trade, transportation, utilities, construction, education, manufacturing, hospitality, financial and health sectors all adding positions.
The professional and business services industry, together with government employers, shed a combined 1,400 jobs.
Private sector employment increased by 4,900 jobs, or 0.4%.
In a statement, Patrick Flaherty, director of the Labor Department’s Office of Research, said the state has now regained 70.4% of the jobs lost during the pandemic lockdowns of March and April 2020.
“While there is more work to do, both unemployment and job growth rates continue to be positive news for the state’s economy and our workforce,” said Interim Labor Commissioner Dante Bartolomeo. “There are thousands of good paying jobs with benefits out there and employers are hiring quickly.”
Connecticut’s unemployment numbers remain higher than the U.S. jobless rate, which now stands at 4.8%.
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