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CT Unemployment Rate Up

WETHERSFIELD — The state lost 4,800 jobs in December, pushing the unemployment rate to 8.9 percent, according to an Associated Press report.

The state Department of Labor says Connecticut has lost 94,500 jobs since March 2008, although recent declines have been much slower than the pace earlier in 2009.

The December figure was an increase from 8.2 percent in November. One year earlier, it was 6.6 percent.

The biggest declines were reported in retail, leisure and hospitality jobs. The only sector to add jobs was educational and health services, which had 1,300 new positions.

The national unemployment rate in December was 10 percent.

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