State: Employers added 6,400 jobs in May, with unemployment rate lowest in nearly 7 years

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WETHERSFIELD, Connecticut — The state Department of Labor says Connecticut employers added 6,400 jobs in May, helping to push the unemployment rate down to 6 percent, the lowest level in nearly seven years.

State officials said Thursday that the number of jobs in Connecticut has increased by 26,100 since May 2014, to nearly 1.7 million.

Connecticut's unemployment rate is down by six-tenths of a percentage point in the past year. It's the lowest since it was 5.9 percent in August 2008. The U.S. unemployment rate in May was 5.5 percent.

Unemployment in Connecticut peaked at 9.2 percent from October 2010 to February 2011.

The state's labor force is up for the 20th consecutive month. Andy Condon, the labor department's research director, says the jobs gains are strongest since the employment recovery began in 2010.

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