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Connecticut Unemployment Below 9 Percent

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WETHERSFIELD, Conn. (AP) _ Connecticut’s Labor Department reports the state unemployment rate dipped to 8.9 percent in September, falling below 9 percent for the first time in almost two years.

The department reported Thursday that Connecticut gained 3,400 jobs during the month, mostly in the leisure and hospitality sectors.

But the Department of Labor said while the state hopes to build on September’s numbers, they don’t represent a pattern.

Andy Condon, with the department’s Office of Research, said there is volatility in the jobs picture and noted that trends indicate job growth has actually slowed in 2011, particularly in the third quarter.

Connecticut’s unemployment rate was 9 percent in August, and had not been below that mark since November of 2009.

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