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Connecticut Labor Dept. Says Job Growth Stalled In July

WETHERSFIELD, Conn. (AP) -- The state Labor Department says Connecticut's job growth has stalled in July, mainly as a result of the layoff of temporary federal Census workers.

The state said Thursday that employment in July was 1.62 million, up by 1,300 from June and the sixth consecutive month when the state added jobs.

Overall unemployment remained at 8.9 percent when compared to June. The private sector added 1,600 jobs, raising total gains to 12,500 positions since December.

State labor economist Salvatore DiPillo says the private sector accounts for all the job gains realized this year. He says July was the first time in 25 months that Connecticut saw year-to-year growth in jobs after adding 1,500 positions since the previous year.

The largest job gains in July were in trade, transportation and utilities, up 1,400.

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