Jobs were up while the state's jobless rate held steady last month according to the state Labor Department. Connecticut added 4,900 jobs in March for an unemployment rate of 7-percent. Research Director Andy Condon says that follows seven months of declines. There were good increases in leisure and hospitality and also in the health care sector.
The state has now added 9,400 jobs since last March and recovered about half the jobs lost in the recession. Five of the six Labor Market Areas saw job gains, with the Danbury area just barely leading in percentage terms.
Condon says the state seems to have returned to the growth seen in the last quarter of 2013.