Conn. unemployment declines in Sept. as jobs rise
WETHERSFIELD, Conn. (AP) — Connecticut labor officials say unemployment in the state edged down slightly in September as the number of jobs rose.
The unemployment rate dropped to 8.9 percent in September from 9 percent in August.
Labor officials said Thursday that preliminary estimates from the federal Bureau of Labor Statistics show Connecticut's job market stabilized. Employers added 2,000 jobs in September.
Andy Condon, director of the Office of Research at the state Department of Labor, said changes in employment and unemployment estimates have returned to more typical levels after a summer in which numbers swung wildly.
The unemployment rate jumped sharply in July, though jobs were added. Unemployment rose slightly in August.
Condon said 2012 job numbers will likely be revised upward early next year, with 9,000 to 10,000 jobs added for the year.