WETHERSFIELD, Conn. (AP) _ Connecticut lost 4,300 jobs in December, but overall the state added jobs in 2010.

The state Department of Labor said Monday that nonfarm employment rose to a little more than 1.6 million, up 5,300 jobs from the previous year. That’s up 0.3 percent, below the national job growth rate of 0.9 percent in 2010.

The unemployment rate in Connecticut in December was unchanged at 9 percent, compared with the national rate of 9.4 percent.

State labor statistics supervisor Salvatore DiPillo says the drop in employment last month is disappointing, particularly after Connecticut added 6,600 jobs over two months.

Most industry sectors shed jobs in December with the largest loss in leisure and hospitality, down by 2,000. Employment in manufacturing was down 600 jobs.

(Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)


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