After Connecticut’s August unemployment rate jumped by its largest monthly percentage increase in 36 years,  new figures for September show some improvement.   The Connecticut Labor Department says new estimates from the federal Bureau of Labor Statistics put the state’s unemployment rate at 8.9 percent —  down a tenth of a point from August,  but still more than a point higher than the national average.

Director of the Office of Research Andy Condon says after the unprecedented  July and August increases,   the September figures for unemployment have returned to what he called “more typical” levels.”

The figures show employers have added 26-hundred jobs in Connecticut the first nine months of this year —  compared to 85-hundred the same period last year.

Governor Malloy says the numbers still reflect conflicting data.  He issued a statement saying that even though the difference between the survey of employers and that of households has narrowed,  they tell two stories “that can’t both be true.”


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