(CBS Connecticut) — The Labor Department says Connecticut’s unemployment rate dropped in July,  to 6.6%, down from 6.7% in June ,  and down 1.3% from July of last year. For a sixth straight month,  the state recorded job gains —  about 2,400 new nonfarm jobs were added.

The department says Connecticut has now regained more than 64% of the jobs lost in the recession.  The 6.6 percent unemployment rate is the lowest since December, 2008.

Among the economic sectors, manufacturing,  construction and mining,  other services, leisure and hospitality,  and education and health services all showed gains in jobs.  There were losses in federal and state government jobs, with a slight gain in local government jobs,  which had been falling.  Information, professional and business services, and trade, transportation and utilities all lost jobs.

Director Andy Condon of the Labor Departent’s Office of Research says the June-July back-to-back jobs increase is the first since the economic recovfery began,  and he says, coupled with continued declines in the number of unemployed residents,  may indicate that moderate employment growth will continue.


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