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More Jobs But Unemployment Rate Jumps to 6.5 Percent

Westport’s unemployment rate in May was 6.5 percent, a jump from a revised 6.2 percent in April and the highest this year since the same rate in February, the Connecticut Department of Labor said today.

While the unemployment rate was up, so was the size of Westport’s labor force – perhaps because of colleges and universities letting out, according to economists – and in total numbers, more than 100 more persons had jobs in Westport over the previous month.

Among suburban Fairfield County towns, only Greenwich’s 6.7 rate was worse. New Canaan also had a 6.5 rate, Wilton 6.2 percent, Weston 6.0 percent, and Darien 5.8 percent.

The department said the number of Westport unemployed in May was 832, a jump from 784 in April. The May labor force in Westport numbered 12,890, up from 12,735 in April, with 12,058 employed, up from 11,951 in April, it said.

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