WETHERSFIELD, Conn. (AP) _ State labor officials say unemployment in Connecticut jumped in March as 6,000 jobs were lost.

The Labor Department said Monday that nonfarm employment was a little more than 1.6 million.Unemployment rose to 9.1 percent, up from 9 percent. The most recent national rate is 8.8 percent.

But labor statistics supervisor Salvatore DiPillo said there were fewer new unemployment claims. The private sector workweek also increased.

The Labor Department says jobs in the professional and business services sector were down 3,700 jobs in March. Construction employment was off by 1,600. There were 1,000 fewer jobs in the leisure and hospitality sector. Government added 600 jobs.
State labor officials say volatility in monthly labor force numbers and changes in statistical work by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics contribute to monthly changes.

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


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