CT unemployment rate falls to 7.4 percent

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HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — Connecticut’s unemployment rate has dropped to 7.4 percent despite a decline in the number of jobs.

The state reported a loss of 3,900 jobs in December. But the state Labor Department says the count appears to have been affected by poor winter weather around the time of the survey.

The jobless rate dropped from 7.6 percent in November, marking the fourth consecutive monthly decline.

The national unemployment rate is 6.7 percent.

Andy Condon of the Labor Department’s research office says the recent improvement in the state’s unemployment rate appears to owe more to people gaining employment than job-seekers giving up on their searches. He says it has sometimes been the reverse in recent months.

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