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Connecticut Adds 900 Jobs, But Unemployment Rate Rises To 5.5%

The number of people working in Norwalk decreased in 2012, as did the unemployment rate.
The number of people working in Norwalk decreased in 2012, as did the unemployment rate. Photo Credit: File

FAIRFIELD COUNTY, Conn. — Connecticut added 900 jobs in January, but the unemployment rate inched up to 5.5 percent for January, a tenth of a point increase from December, according to state Department of Labor statistics released Friday.

But the jobless rate is also down six-tenths of a percentage point from the January 2015 unemployment rate of 6.1 percent.

“While the numbers demonstrate progress — with the private sector growing over 11,000 jobs over the year — these numbers are also emblematic of our new economic reality," said Gov. Dannel Malloy. "We have been positioning the state to support long-term growth to meet our new reality as we work to make changes that will lead to even greater gains in both total job growth and overall wages. I won’t be satisfied until everyone who wants a job has one.”

The added jobs bring Connecticut to a level of 1,680,900, seasonally adjusted positions, the labor department said.

Connecticut has now increased nonfarm employment by 9,800 positions since January 2015.

“The January Labor Situation represents our first release after the annual benchmark revision of 2015 data by the Bureau of Labor Statistics,” said Andy Condon, director of the Office of Research. “As a result of this process, the job growth originally reported during 2015 was revised significantly lower. Our 2015 annual average nonfarm employment growth of 12,200 compares to the 26,900 reported pre-benchmark, seasonally adjusted. The revised figure is more in line with the observed growth in 2013 and 2014.”

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