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State unemployment rate unchanged for April

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HARTFORD — The Connecticut Department of Labor announced Thursday that the state unemployment rate remained at a seasonably adjusted rate of 5.7%

The rate is slightly lower than the same period last year, 5.85% in April 2015 compared to 5.7% in April 2016.

Private sector employment in the state grew by 0.23%, to 1,451,900. That figure was up in April by 3,400 jobs. Over the previous 121 months,  20,800 jobs were added.

The numbers of jobs grew in nine out of ten job sectors. The largest gains were in the construction sector, with 2,400 jobs added. The leisure and hospitality sector was the only sector to lose jobs. While the sector had gained jobs for seven consecutive monthly gains, 3,000 jobs were lost in April. A warmer winter and an early Easter were believed to be factors in the decline.

Nationally, the unemployment rate was 5.0%  for April.