The State unemployment rate dropped in December to 7.4 percent. But Connecticut lost 3,900 jobs for the month. Labor Department researcher Andy Condon says the count appears to have been affected by poor winter weather around the time of the survey.
The national unemployment rate is 6-point-7 percent.
Condon 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.
Four of the six major Labor Market Areas posted job losses, but the Danbury area's unemployment rate remained unchanged. The only Labor Market posting a gain, although it was small, was Waterbury.
Year-to-date performance in the six major Labor Market Areas showed four were up in 2013 and the others were down. The Danbury area was up 1.3 percent for the year.