Connecticut’s unemployment rate for February 2015 — 6.4% — was the highest in New England and higher than the national rate of 5.5%, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reported Monday, April 13. According to the report, the only New England state close to Connecticut was Rhode Island, which had an unemployment rate of 6.3%. However, Rhode Island experienced a 2.1% decline in its jobless rate over the past year while Connecticut experienced a 0.6% decline.
New Hampshire and Vermont each posted jobless rates of 3.9% for February. The bureau did not report a rate for either Maine or Massachusetts, except to say Massachusetts experienced a 1.1% decline and Maine a 0.9% decline.