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Connecticut added jobs during October, but the state’s unemployment rate also went up. WNPR’s Harriet Jones reports.

Connecticut’s unemployment rate rose from 8.4 to 8.8 percent in October, according to new figures from the state Department of Labor, but in the same month, Connecticut added a thousand jobs. Chief economist for the Connecticut Business and Industry Association Peter Gioia says in fact both measures are positive signs.

8.8 percent unemployment means that Connecticut is now reached the threshold to be considered a high unemployment state. Unemployed workers in the state will now be eligible to receive a further federal extension of unemployment benefits.

For WNPR, I'm Harriet Jones.