Connecticut and U.S. unemployment rates over time.

Connecticut lost 600 jobs in July while the state’s unemployment rate remained stable at 5 percent, the Department of Labor reported Thursday.

The department also reduced the June estimate of a 7,000-job gain downward to 5,600.

Connecticut still has gained 1,600 positions so far this calendar year, and 98,000, or 82 percent, of the 119,000 jobs lost in the last recession. The private sector has regained all of the 111,700 jobs lost and grown by an additional 1,100 positions.

“July was a relatively quiet month in Connecticut’s labor markets with both payroll jobs and unemployment statistics changing very little,” said Andy Condon, director of the department’s Office of Research.

Five of the 10 major industry super-sectors reported jobs gains last month, led by trade, transportation and utilities, which was up 2,200 positions. Gains also were recorded in: education and health services; financial activities; information; and other services.

The other five super-sectors reported jobs losses, led by leisure and hospitality, which dropped 2,000 positions. Declines also were recorded in: construction and mining; government; professional and business services; and manufacturing.

Connecticut and U.S. unemployment rates over time.

Keith has spent most of his 31 years as a reporter specializing in state government finances, analyzing such topics as income tax equity, waste in government and the complex funding systems behind Connecticut’s transportation and social services networks. He has been the state finances reporter at CT Mirror since it launched in 2010. Prior to joining CT Mirror Keith was State Capitol bureau chief for The Journal Inquirer of Manchester, a reporter for the Day of New London, and a former contributing writer to The New York Times. Keith is a graduate of and a former journalism instructor at the University of Connecticut.

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