HARTFORD, Conn. – Preliminary numbers from the Labor Department suggest Connecticut added 5,800 jobs last month, while the state unemployment rate held steady at 6.9 percent.
The May numbers represent a new “high point” for the state’s post-recession employment levels, according to a report released Thursday.
In May, 1,665,500 people were working in Connecticut. That’s 2,000 more than the previous high set in December 2013. But those December gains were tempered by a month of slowed growth in January, which Labor Department analysts attributed to that month’s harsh winter weather.
“Connecticut non-farm job levels now exceed levels reached before the deep winter freeze set in during January, and are now at a new recovery high,” Andy Condon, director of the Labor Department’s Office of Research, said in Thursday’s report. “At this point, the resiliency of the recovery appears to be bringing people back into the labor force.”
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