Labor Commissioner Annie Noonan said there was an uptick in construction jobs.
"Overall, little is changed in the statewide numbers as the unemployment rate held steady. As with last year, it is possible August will represent a turning point toward improved economic conditions," Noonan said.
"In terms of employment, the construction industry has shown only temporary gains as the industry is still near recessionary lows. This month's data showing a rise in construction employment is a positive sign and hopefully the start of sustained employment growth in the industry," she said.
Transportation and utilities also showed signs of life, while there were job losses in leisure and hospitality and in manufacturing.
Non-seasonally adjusted unemployment rates in the state's 17 labor market areas ranged from 2.8 percent in the Hartford area to 5.2 percent in the Newport area.