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"It is clear that Connecticut’s labor market continues to tighten," said Andy Condon, director of the DOL’s Office of Research.
Connecticut now has an estimated 1.7 million seasonally adjusted jobs and an estimated 80,000 jobless residents.
Retail and financial services led the way in May, with both now ahead of last year’s pace, said the state Department of Labor.
“We need bold reforms to jumpstart our stalled economy, and we need a retooling of our jobs pipeline,” CBIA economist Pete Gioia said.
Connecticut has added 5,500 jobs since April 2016, the slowest year-over-year growth of the New England states.
The state has now recovered 70 percent of the 119,100 jobs lost during the 2008-2010 recession -- slowest among the New England states and well below the national average of 182 percent.
The Bridgeport-Stamford-Norwalk labor market fell by 0.3 percent from October.
But Connecticut's unemployment rate fell from 5.6 percent to 5.4 percent, according to the state Department of Labor.
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