State’s unemployment figures hold steady at 5.7% for May

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Connecticut Unemployment Struggles

HARTFORD — Unemployment statistics held steady in May at 5.7%, but were slightly up from the same time last year.

Preliminary data released by the State Department of Labor showed the seasonally adjusted unemployment figure has remained at 5.7% for the last three months. Compared year to year, the state lost 1,400 nonfarm jobs, or 0.08% from May 2015 when the rate was 5.6%.

“Connecticut’s decline of 1,400 jobs in May follows a very slow month for job growth across the country,” said Andy Condon, Director of the Office of Research. “Our labor force saw small but equal percentage declines in both
residents employed and unemployed, resulting in an unchanged unemployment rate.”