Connecticut unemployment rate shows slight improvement

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

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — Preliminary figures show Connecticut added 1,700 jobs in July and its unemployment rate declined slightly.

Andy Condon, director of the Department of Labor research office, says there’s “uniformly good news” in the report released Thursday. He says payroll jobs and the labor force grew while the unemployment rate declined for the first time since August 2015.

Connecticut’s unemployment rate is now 5.7 percent, down one-tenth of a percentage point from June. However, it’s still higher than the 5.4 percent unemployment rate calculated a year ago.

Democratic Gov. Dannel P. Malloy says the report shows the “needle is moving in the right direction.” But the Connecticut Business and Industry Association notes Connecticut is still one of two New England states that hasn’t recovered all jobs lost during the Great Recession.
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