An unusual monthly jobs report for July shows that employers in Connecticut added more than 5,000 jobs even as the unemployment rate jumped sharply, the state Department of Labor reported Thursday.
Connecticut’s hotline to file unemployment claims is opening for extra hours to handle a flood of new calls.
Connecticut’s Labor Department reports the state unemployment rate dipped to 8.9 percent in September, falling below 9 percent for the first time in almost two years.
State labor officials say Connecticut lost 8,600 jobs in August even as the unemployment rate dipped to 9 percent.
State labor officials say they have recently halted work by 19 companies at six construction sites in Westport.
A Bridgeport organization has been awarded over $300,000 to continue a program designed to help former convicts find work.
The Connecticut Department of Labor says its unemployment benefits call centers will be open Monday despite the state holiday observing President’s Day.