State's unemployment falls to 8.8 percent for November

Connecticut’s unemployment rate fell two-tenths of a percentage point last month to 8.8 percent, data released today shows.

The state added 300 jobs in November, a month hampered by the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy, according to the state Department of Labor. The numbers “suggest a slightly improved labor market this month, the department said.

“November’s job and unemployment numbers are encouraging, especially in the light of the challenges that Hurricane Sandy brought,” Andy Condon, director of the department’s Office of Research, said in a statement. “However, the continuing trend of civilian labor force decline driven primarily by previously working individuals causes concern that we are seeing a fundamental shift in the demographics of Connecticut’s workforce.

“We will be watching carefully to see if this trend continues or is a temporary movement.”

Three of the state’s six major labor market areas, or LMAs, experienced job growth in November, while three exhibited employment declines. The Norwich-New London area added 500 jobs, the most of any LMA, followed by the Hartford-West Hartford-East Hartford area (400) and the Waterbury area (200).

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