The Connecticut Department of Labor today announced a gain of 1,700 jobs in June, marking the fifth straight month of employment increases in the state and reflecting a nationwide trend of widespread, ongoing job expansion.

This is positive news, said Pete Gioia, economist for the Connecticut Business & Industry Association, noting not only five consecutive months of job gains and labor force participation in seven of the state's 10 major business sectors but also a drop in the unemployment rate to 6.7%, the lowest level since 2008.

Gioia notes, however, that only 500 of the jobs added in June were in the private sector and that many of the gains in government jobs over that period are likely seasonal, owing to factors such as the extended school year.

"Overall, we've added 14,400 private-sector jobs year over year," he says.

"All this good news, though, is tempered by the fact that we still have concerns that we only have recovered 62% of the jobs lost during the recession, whereas the nation overall has added back over 100 percent of the jobs lost."

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