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Connecticut gained 2,200 jobs in April and has now added 6,900 so far this year, according to a report released today by the state Department of Labor.
The Norwich-New London region gained 500 jobs between March and April, the report said. But the region over the past year has seen a decline of 1,500 jobs, the worst labor-market performance in the state (the only other region with an employment decline over the same period was Danbury, with 100 job losses).
Connecticut’s overall unemployment rate fell to 6.9 percent in April, a tenth of a point lower than in March and nearly a full point down from last April’s 7.8 percent rate.
“The expanding labor force, growing private sector work hours and diminishing unemployment are encouraging signs for Connecticut’s economy,” Andy Condon, director of the Labor Department’s office of research, said in a statement. “Even though the pace of Connecticut’s employment recovery is moderate, it seems to be on solid footing.”
The report said Connecticut has been regaining jobs lost during the recession at a rate of 1,326 per month since February 2010. Employment recovery since the depths of the Great Recession has now reached 66,300 jobs in Connecticut, or 55.7 percent of the total lost.
Among various job sectors, manufacturing and information were among the losers, while health services and the hospitality industry saw gains.