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Connecticut Unemployment Rate Falls to 7.8%

FAIRFIELD COUNTY, Conn. — Connecticut's jobless rate dropped for the seventh straight month in February, falling two-tenths of a point to 7.8 percent, Gov. Dannel Malloy said Thursday.

Some 5,500 jobs were added by the private sector, bringing unemployment to its lowest level since April 2009, Malloy said, adding that 17,100 positions have been gained since the beginning of the year.

“But we must not lose sight that we are still at the beginning of the recovery," Malloy said in a statement. "Reclaiming the jobs that were lost will take time, but my administration is committed to do everything we can to put the state on a path that will lead to an economic revival.”

The national unemployment rate is 8.3 percent.

Connecticut’s unemployment rate during the last year:

January 2011: 9.3%

February 2011: 9.2%

March 2011: 9.1%

April 2011: 9.0%

May 2011: 8.9%

June 2011: 8.9%

July 2011: 8.9%

August 2011: 8.8%

September 2011: 8.6%

October 2011: 8.5%

November 2011: 8.3%

December 2011: 8.1%

January 2012: 8.0%

February 2012: 7.8%

(Source: Connecticut Department of Labor)

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