Strong Month for Job Growth in March

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Connecticut’s employers added 4,900 jobs in March, with restaurants, hotels, and retail jobs accounting for much of the gains.

It was a return to moderate job growth after harsh weather in January and February. The report, released by the Connecticut Department of Labor on Thursday, also said that February’s job growth was better than initial estimates suggested, with the job force growing by 1,400 rather than 800 positions.

Compared to a year earlier, the state has 9,400 additional jobs.

The unemployment rate, which is determined from a separate, smaller survey, was unchanged in March, at 7 percent.

The study also showed that wage gains continue to be anemic. The average private sector worker’s earnings increased 1.4 percent compared to March 2013, and inflation increased 1.5 percent during that period.

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