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Connecticut employers add 4,000 jobs in March, erasing Feb. losses blamed on harsh winter

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WETHERSFIELD, Connecticut — State labor officials say employers added 4,000 jobs in Connecticut in March, erasing a jobs loss in the previous month blamed on the harsh winter.

The unemployment rate remained unchanged at 6.4 percent. Nationally, the jobless rate was 5.5 percent in March.

Jobs were added in eight of the state's 10 industry groups, led by trade, transportation and utilities that accounted for 1,500 jobs, followed by 1,300 in retail.

Connecticut has recovered 92,700 jobs, or about 78 percent of the 119,000 jobs lost during the March 2008-to-February 2010 employment recession.

The national labor force has regained more than all the jobs that were lost.

Job gains have strengthened as the economy improves, though snowstorms and bitter cold led to a loss of 2,900 jobs in February.

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