Connecticut adds 1,200 jobs in April as jobless rate falls

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — Connecticut labor officials say employers added 1,200 jobs in April 2015, the 10th monthly job gain in the past year.

The state Labor Department announced Tuesday that the unemployment rate dropped to 6.3 percent, down 0.1 percent from March. The U.S. unemployment rate in April was 5.4 percent.

Department research office Director Andy Condon says continuing job growth and improving wages appear to be attracting more job seekers into the labor market.

The number of unemployed residents in Connecticut has declined by 7,019, or 5.5 percent, to 120,089 over the year. And jobs have increased by 23,200 since April 2014, or 1,933 jobs a month, to nearly 1.7 million in the state.

Connecticut has recovered 93,200 jobs, or about 78 percent of nonfarm jobs lost during the March 2008-to-February 2010 employment recession.

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