WETHERSFIELD, Conn. (AP) _ The Connecticut Department of Labor says the state’s unemployment rate jumped to 8.1 percent in June, as cuts in government jobs overshadowed employment gains in the private sector.

The agency said Thursday that the 0.3 percent increase from May included an increase of 5,000 jobs in the private sector, led by education and health services.

However, job growth in the private sector was offset by a decline of 3,600 jobs in government, particularly in local public administration, which includes the state’s two Indian-run casinos.

Overall, Connecticut added 1,400 jobs. Since June 2011, the state’s job market added 8,800 jobs, a weak half-percent increase.

It’s the third straight monthly rise in unemployment.

(Copyright 2012 by The Associated Press.  All Rights Reserved.)


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