2,600 New Jobs In State, Unemployment Steady At 8%

Data from the State Labor Department show Connecticut added 2,600 jobs last month,  but the unemployment rate held steady at 8% —  or four-tenths of a point above the national average.

The 2,600 job increase comes after a loss of 5,700 jobs in February,  blamed partly on the blizzard.

The Director of the Office of Research,  Andy Condon,  says the three-month “moving average”  of payroll job estimates shows Connecticut on a path of modest job growth in the first quarter of this year.

The jobs added in the state were primarily in education and health services,  construction, and in leisure and hospitality.

Job losses came mostly in trade, transportation and utilities.

Five of the state’s six Labor Market Areas showed job gains last month,  with only the Norwich-New London area posting a loss.

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