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Connecticut's Unemployment Rate Inches Up To 4.9%

The unemployment rate in Connecticut is higher than in the nation.
The unemployment rate in Connecticut is higher than in the nation. Photo Credit: File

FAIRFIELD COUNTY, Conn. — The unemployment rate in Connecticut inched upward for April and remains higher than jobless rate for the nation, according to the state Department of Labor.

The April unemployment rate for Connecticut was estimated at 4.9 percent, up one-tenth of a percentage point from March when it was 4.8 percent, the Department of Labor announced last week.

But the jobless rate is down five-tenths of a percentage point from a year ago when it was at 5.4 percent.

The U.S. jobless rate in April 2017 was 4.4 percent.

The state lost 1,500 net jobs in April, down to a level of 1,683,200 jobs, the Department of Labor said.

“Though April nonfarm job estimates fell by 1,500 we are still well ahead of last year’s pace,” said Andy Condon, director of the Office of Research for the Department of Labor. “For the fourth month in a row we have seen small increases in the unemployment rate accompanied by larger increases in the labor force. This continues to indicate that workers are entering or rejoining the labor force and many are finding work.”

Over the year, nonagricultural employment in the state grew by 5,500 jobs.

March’s originally released job gain of 1,300 was revised down by 700 to a 600-job gain.

The number of the state’s unemployed residents increased by 1,917, in April.

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