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State’s Unemployment Rate Drops in October

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New statistics from the Connecticut Department of Labor show that for the second straight month,  Connecticut’s unemployment rate has dropped.

Unemployment,  which had dropped to 8.9 percent in September,  dropped another .2 percent,  to 8.7 percent.  Some 6,500 jobs were added in October,  mostly in professional and business services,   construction,   education and health services, and government.  The October gain followed a revised September increase of 3,600 jobs.

The Labor department reports some of the job gains, especially in the professional and business services, construction and other services sectors,  may have been boosted by cleanup following Tropical Storm Irene.

The state’s seasonally adjusted labor force numbered 1,881,100 in October.  The 8.7 percent unemployment national unemployment rate compares to the national rate of 9.0 percent.

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