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Little change to jobless rate in March

FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) - There was little change to Kentucky's
unemployment rate in March.
The state Office of Employment and Training reported Thursday
that the March rate fell two-tenths of a percent to 10.7 percent
from February. That number was up 0.6 percent from March 2009, and
is equal to the unemployment rate recorded in the state in January.
Justine Detzel, the state's chief labor market analyst, says the
state's economy showed some signs of stabilization during March,
but any employment gains were inflated by employees who returned to
work at a major manufacturer after a temporary layoff, as well as
temporary hiring at a federal agency.
Nationwide, the U.S. Department of Labor reported that the
jobless rate remained at 9.7 percent.

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