Connecticut’s unemployment rate drops to 8.4 percent

Connecticut’s Labor Department said the unemployment rate dipped 0.3 percent to 8.4 percent last month as the national rate fell 0.4 percent to 8.6 percent during the same time.

The number of people unemployed, according to the monthly survey, fell 2.8 percent, or 4,700 people,  to 159,200 in November, compared to 163,900 in October. The total labor force in Connecticut grew 0.3 percent, adding 6,400 people between October and November.

While the survey of homes showed a drop in unemployment, the survey of actual business payrolls in the state said Connecticut added only 100 jobs in November, compared to October. Major losses were felt in construction, down 1,300 month over month, health care which was down 700 and finance and insurance, which lost 600.

The biggest gains were in professional and business services, which includes temporary workers. That sector gained 1,300 jobs.

Rob Varnon