New jobs increase in Connecticut

June 19, 2008 1:17:08 PM PDT
State labor officials say the number of jobs in Connecticut increased by 2,900 in May, helped by the opening of Foxwoods Resort Casino's MGM Grand. The Labor Department announced Thursday that employment in the state increased to 1.7 million.

State labor economist John Tirinzonie credits employment growth in southeast Connecticut following the opening of the MGM Grand hotel and entertainment complex, along with job expansion elsewhere.

He says federal rebate checks also may have helped revive the retail trade industry. However, he cautions that high energy costs could produce bad news over the next several months.

Connecticut's unemployment was 5.4 percent in May, up from 4.7 percent in April, but slightly lower than the national rate of 5.5 percent.