The Connecticut Department of Labor today announced a gain of 2,200 jobs in April and a drop in the unemployment rate of one-tenth of a percentage point (6.9%).

"The April labor report was moderately positive for Connecticut," said Peter Gioia, economist for the Connecticut Business & Industry Association.

He noted that six of 10 major industry sectors in the state added jobs, while three of the six labor market areas posted gains.

"Overall, we added 10,800 private sector jobs year over year," added Gioia.

However, Gioia said Connecticut is still behind in terms of economic growth as Massachusetts, New York, and the U.S. overall already recovered all jobs lost in the recession.

"Even with higher pace of job recovery that we've seen in the last year, it takes us 34 months to achieve full employment. That's February of 2017," said Gioia.

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