State’s unemployment still high for the region

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New unemployment numbers from the federal government confirm that Connecticut’s jobless rate is at its lowest point in five years, but they also show that it’s still significantly higher than the rates elsewhere in the region.

Connecticut’s Department of Labor said yesterday that the state’s unemployment rate is 7 percent, its lowest point since 2009. The agency also said the state had gained 800 jobs in February.

But figures released today by the federal Bureau of Labor Statistics show that other New England states are bouncing back more quickly from the Great Recession.

You can see the state-by-state numbers at right. The bureau also says the unemployment rate in the northeast is 6.4 percent and that in New England it’s at 6.4 percent.

Wes Duplantier