Marking the fifth consecutive monthly gain, Connecticut employment rose by 11,500 jobs in July, an increase of 0.7%.

"We have a very, very positive report out of the Department of Labor," said CBIA economist Pete Gioia. "Year over year, compared to 2012, we've added 23,100 net new jobs, and we've recovered 58% of the jobs lost during the recession."

He adds, however, that the state has "a long way to go to get to 100% recovery."

At the same time employment rose in the state, so did unemployment, Gioia notes, "largely due to more people coming into the labor force, perhaps looking for jobs."

Connecticut's unemployment rate saw a slight uptick in July, to 8.1%.