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Massive Feb. snowstorm costs jobs in Conn.

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HARTFORD, CT (AP) -

The Connecticut Labor Department says last month's massive snowstorm apparently disrupted business and transportation, leading to a loss of 5,700 jobs.

The unemployment rate also fell.

State officials said Thursday that Connecticut's unemployment rate fell to 8 percent in February.

If the storm affected labor markets, labor officials expect to see a return to previous trends in job growth trends in the coming months.

Andy Condon, director of the state Labor Department's office of research, said data can't point to any specific regions or industry sectors that would confirm the storm hampered job growth. But he says the result seems likely.

Much of Connecticut was buried under nearly 3 feet of snow in the Feb. 8-9 storm. It took days to dig out in parts of the state.

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