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Brookfield Unemployment Rises with Rest of CT

The unemployment rate rises statewide and locally.

July jobs figures showed a rise in unemployment throughout Connecticut, and Brookfield was not spared in the bad news. The town has the highest unemployment all year at 7.4 percent.

“The phrase ‘worst economic downturn since the Great Depression’ is used so often, we’ve become immune to the words. But they’re true. So, it should come as a surprise to no one that pulling the country and our state out of that downturn is hard. Really hard,” said . “But let me be clear: we are making progress, and I have every confidence we’ll continue to make progress.”

In Connecticut, the seasonally adjusted unemployment rate is 8.5 percent and the national rate is 8.3 percent.

Brookfield Unemployment June July No. of Unemployed People 588 701 Unemployment Rate 6.2 7.4
Steven DeVaux August 27, 2012 at 09:39 PM
Heard on the street in Brookfield..."If you don't like the unemployment, move out of town."
Peter NAPOLI August 28, 2012 at 01:23 AM
Just keep raising taxes......that should take care of the problem.
Michelle August 28, 2012 at 03:17 AM
BTW...Steven~ I found those same words on the street to be disheartening, distasteful and very eye opening. It is a terrible disservice to treat community members who have history, roots and an investment in our beloved town of Brookfield with such blatent disregard. It is a sad revelation to see the almighty $ weighs heavier than an invested heart of gold.
Michelle August 28, 2012 at 03:18 AM
This isn't even close to being an accurate picture because it does not include our large struggling community of self employed Brookfield citizens. This is just a small glimpse of the financial and economic woes facing our local community and beyond. Times are tough here, folks. That is legit.
Steven DeVaux August 28, 2012 at 10:44 AM
Couldn't agree with you more Michelle. It was a sad day indeed when a former Board of Finance chairman said that to an elderly senior's concern about taxes. It revealed an attitude toward those struggling that left many aghast. Totally heartless. They've since gone on with the same attitude to other items on their agenda.
Melissa Y August 28, 2012 at 12:08 PM
This probably doesn't even account for the people like me who have been unemployed for over 3 years now. They say the recession is over...I don't believe it for a second.
Steven DeVaux August 28, 2012 at 10:25 PM
Most don't Melissa, most don't. All their talk doesn't change what you see and live every day.

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