The number of people without jobs in Connecticut has decreased since peaking in early 2011 at the height of the recession. The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics said the state added 6,400 jobs in May.
The unemployment rate is the percent of those unemployed out of the entire eligible workforce. As of last month, the rate in the state was 6 percent, according to the state Department of Labor.
That’s nowhere near the lowest rate of 2.2 percent in 2000. But in the past year, Connecticut has seen the strongest rate of job growth since 2010, following nationwide trends. Virtually every town town in Connecticut has followed suit.
Some towns started in a much deeper hole than others, however. In fact, Connecticut had at least six towns that experienced unemployment rates of at least 12 percent in the last four years.
In 2011, Hartford experienced an unemployment rate of 17 percent.
In May, Hartford had an unemployment rate of 10.3 percent — still the highest in the state, but down 6.7 percent from four years ago.