Connecticut employers added 600 jobs in June as the unemployment rate dropped to 5.7 percent, the lowest in seven years.
The state Labor Department reported Monday that 2,600 private sector jobs were added, pushing the unemployment rate down a significant 0.3 percent from May. It's the lowest since July 2008 when it was 5.7 percent.
Local government employment dropped sharply in June with school closings for the summer.
Connecticut's unemployment rate was still higher than the 5.3 percent U.S. rate.
As the state's economy continues to recover from the recession, the number of unemployed residents has declined by more than 13,000, or 11 percent, since June 2014. Still, Connecticut has recovered just 82 percent of the 119,000 lost jobs.
Unemployment peaked at 9.2 percent over five months from October 2010 through February 2011.
This story corrects that total job growth was 600 jobs as private sector increase was 2,600 jobs.
Gov. Dannel Malloy called the news on lowest unemployment rate “yet another milestone reached.”
“This news comes just a month after we created nearly 6,000 jobs, a huge one-month total. We are no doubt making progress, and our strategy is no doubt moving Connecticut forward. These numbers represent another achievement reached, another marker that residents’ lives are improving, and another indicator that our economy continues to head in the right direction as a result of our efforts to create jobs. We know that until everyone that wants a job has one, our work is not complete,” Malloy said in a statement on Monday.
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