The state added 1,200 new jobs in April but the private sector recorded a decline of 300 jobs, according to the latest jobs report released by the Connecticut Department of Labor.

Government (1,500), manufacturing (1,400), and construction and mining (1,300) all reported job gains while professional and business services (-2,100), leisure and hospitality (-700), and trade, transportation, and utilities (-400) recorded losses.

The large gain in government jobs was largely attributed to growth at the local government level (1,400) while manufacturing's durable goods subsector posted a gain of 1,200 jobs.

The state's unemployment rate fell one-tenth to 6.3% despite an increase in labor participation. However, Connecticut has the highest unemployment rate in New England.

The state continues to lag the economic recoveries of the United States (130%) and neighboring Massachusetts (150%).

Connecticut has only recovered 78% of the 119,000 jobs lost during the March 2008February 2010 economic recession.

The report did revise the March jobs report to include a loss of 700 jobs, finishing with a 3,300 job gain.

"The labor situation was basically mixed news for the Connecticut economy," said Peter Gioia, vice president and economist for the Connecticut Business & Industry Association.

Gioia noted that geographically only the Bridgeport-Stamford-Norwalk labor market area saw growth (400) while Hartford (-100), New Haven (-300), Norwich-New London-Westerly (-500) recorded job loss.

Norwich and New London, Gioia noted, have continued to lose jobs year over year while the other labor market areas have had growth over the last year.

"The pace of recovery was a bit slower than what it has been averaging over the five years," said Gioia.

"While we're still adding jobs in the state and having the unemployment rate go down, we still have a long way to go to get to full recovery and a pace of recovery that would have the average person feel as though we are doing really well."

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