State jobless rates fell in April to 7 percent, down from 7.3 percent, bringing the state rate to its lowest since December 2008. Overall the state remains 45,500 jobs shy of the peak hit before the recession began in February that year, according to Scott Bailey, regional economist for the state Employment Security Department.
The department’s monthly jobs report is here.
The Great Recession that began in February 2008 wiped out 205,600 jobs across the state, and the economy has regained more than three-quarters of that.
“Our April preliminary estimate was 2,933,500 …