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State: Jobs growth continued for 8th month in Oct.

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The Connecticut Labor Department says employers added 3,600 jobs last month, the eighth monthly gain this year as the state continues its jobs recovery from the worst recession in decades.

The state said Thursday that the unemployment rate of 6.4 percent was unchanged from September.

Employment in the state has grown by 23,000 jobs over the year. Connecticut has recovered 87,900 jobs, or nearly 74 percent of jobs lost during the March 2008 to February 2010 downturn.

The state says Connecticut's jobs recovery has extended 56 months and has averaged about 1,570 jobs a month since February 2010.

Education and health services led the jobs gains, followed by trade, transportation and utilities.

A loss of 1,300 government jobs was the largest number among sectors where jobs disappeared.

Gov. Dannel P. Malloy released a statement on the labor situation report for October. 

These numbers are another sign of progress. With more than 70,000 private sector jobs created since January of 2011, we are experiencing one of the best periods of growth in decades. More work remains to be done, and we are committed to doing everything we can to ensure Connecticut remains on a path towards an economic revival. By working with the business community on expanding their operations or relocating to our state, we are putting Connecticut on the path to long-term prosperity," the statement read.

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