Connecticut gains 4,100 jobs in July as unemployment rate falls

Job seekers line up to sign in before meeting prospective employers at a career fair. (AP Photo/LM Otero)

WETHERSFIELD, Conn. (WTNH) — The latest jobs report has some encouraging news for Connecticut’s job seekers. The state is still adding jobs, and the unemployment rate in Connecticut has now dropped to 5.4-percent.

The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics says Connecticut increased jobs by 4,100 (0.24%) last month. It marks the third month of job gains in a row.

So far, the state is now estimated to have added 30,600 non-farm positions, which equates to a gain of 1.84%, or roughly 2,550 jobs per month. The unemployment rate for July 2015 was 5.4% in Connecticut, seasonally adjusted. The state is now much closer to the U.S. unemployment rate, which is currently at 5.3%, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics report.

“The pace of decline in the state’s unemployed has accelerated in the last three months,” said Andy Condon, Director of the Office of Research.  “This has brought Connecticut’s unemployment rate to a level nearly identical with the U.S. average.”

The full report is available online here.

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