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Report: Job growth, unchanged unemployment rate in Connecticut

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A new report shows Connecticut's unemployment rate has remained unchanged since April, despite the state experiencing a net increase of 6,700 jobs.

Andy Condon, director of the Office of Research at Connecticut's Department of Labor, says job growth through May "is far ahead of last year's pace." He says unemployment data also indicates "workers are entering or rejoining the labor force and most are finding employment."

But the labor department revised the number of job losses in April, expanding it from 1,500 to 3,100.

The report shows Connecticut's jobless rate is 4.9 percent, four-tenths of a percent lower than it was a year ago.

Peter Gioia, the Connecticut Business and Industry Association's economist, says May's job figures are good news, but Connecticut's unemployment rate remains the highest in New England.

The Associated Press wire services helped contribute to this report.

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