The state Labor Department says Connecticut's unemployment rate remained unchanged at 8.1 percent in August as local government job cuts, particularly in schools shut for the summer, far surpassed private sector job gains.
Numbers released Thursday show nonfarm employment overall declined by 6,000 in August. Local government jobs fell by 7,500 and the private sector added 2,300 jobs.
In addition, a gain of 11,500 jobs in July was revised down to 9,600, which the Labor Department says is still a strong increase.
Nonfarm jobs have increased by 15,400, up nearly 1 percent since August 2012.
Labor officials say the pace of job growth this year is accelerating, with an average of nearly 1,800 jobs created a month. In contrast, job growth from December 2011 to August 2012 was fewer than 1,000.
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