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Job Growth Up, Unemployment Remains High

HARTFORD — Unemployment in the state remains steady at 9.1 percent, but there is a ray of light, according to one jobs report.

That’s because Connecticut added 5,300 jobs in October.

According to the state’s Labor Department said last month nonfarm employment in the state was 1.6 million.

The sectors with the biggest gains included trade, transportation and utilities (2,300 new jobs), professional and business services (1,800 jobs), and leisure and hospitality (1,500 jobs).

Sectors with job losses include, construction, information, manufacturing, and educational and health services.

But the news of last month’s job growth is something to celebrate, according to Gov. M. Jodi Rell.

“These are 5,300 reasons to be thankful,” said , Rell told Myrecordjournal.com. “Five of our 10 major industry sectors showed strong growth last month.”

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