August Unemployment Holds Steady

Connecticut’s unemployment rate held steady at 8.1% last month,  more than three-quarters of a point above the national rate.  Figures from the State Labor Department show unemployment dropped by 6,000 in the state in August,  in spite of private sector job creation,  which was put at 2,300.

Much of the loss was in local government employment,  where 7,500 jobs were lost.  Research director Andy Condon says much of the local jobs picture is due to the late end to the school year,  which kept numbers at a higher-than-expected level for June and July before the cuts were reflected in the August statistics.

The private-sector gains were primarily in manufacturing and construction.

This month’s figures also revised the earlier July job gain of 11,500 down to 9,600.

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