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Orange, Rockland and Westchester counties gained 700 jobs last month.
Connecticut holds steady at 5.1 percent.
Recent jobs data have stymied analysts and labor officials, with the state’s unemployment rate rising to 9.1 percent in August from 8.3 percent a year earlier as the U.S. unemployment rate declined a full percentage point over the same period.
Hiring slowed in August as U.S. employers added 96,000 jobs, according to a report released this morning by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, with the gains falling far below projections.