Connecticut's Labor Department says the state's unemployment rate jumped to 9 percent in August amid a record one-month decline in the labor force.
The department announced Thursday that the unemployment rate increased half a percentage point from July to August, making it the largest monthly percentage point increase since 1976. Officials said the state lost 6,800 jobs from July to August.
The national unemployment rate in August was 8.1 percent.
The Labor Department says the civilian labor force was estimated at 1.9 million in August, down 9,400 from July. Officials say that's a record one-month decline in the labor force estimate.
Gov. Dannel Malloy said in a statement that he's skeptical of the new numbers, because unemployment claims are down while tax withholding revenue is up.
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