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M. Jodi Rell

Connecticut unemployment rate falls to 7-year low in June

Connecticut employers added 600 jobs in June as the state's unemployment rate fell to 5.7 percent, the lowest in seven years, the state Department of Labor reported Monday. The unemployment rate dropped a significant 0.3 percent from May and is the lowest since July 2008 when it was 5.7 percent. The private sector added 2,600 jobs last month, though local government employment dropped in June with schools closing for the summer. The falling jobless rate is accelerating, with an increase of 27,000 jobs over the year. Connecticut's unemployment rate was still higher than the 5.3 percent U.S. rate. "We are no doubt making progress, and our strategy is no doubt moving...