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Connecticut Unemployment Back to 9 Percent

Job growth appears to be slowing and wages are on the decline.

The October unemployment rate increased a tenth of a percent to 9 percent, according to figures from the Connecticut Department of Labor. One survey showed that 1,200 jobs were added in the previous month despite the uptick in the unemployment rate.   

“With October’s results we are, for the first time, showing year-over-year declines in job levels,” said said Andy Condon, director of the Department of Labor’s Office of Research. “However, we believe that when we complete our annual benchmark revisions in March, we will be showing as many as 8,000 to 9,000 more jobs in the state than the payroll survey currently indicates. If so, the current year-over-year declines will no longer hold.”  

The state’s unemployment rate peaked at 9 percent twice this year. Before July 2012, the previous time unemployment was at 9 percent was April 2011. 

In a written statement, Gov. Dannel P. Malloy stressed the severity of the recession that slumped the economy.

“Though not as severe this month as in previous months, the household and business surveys are once again pointing in opposite directions,” Malloy said. “On the one hand, we created 1,200 jobs this month.  But on the other, our overall unemployment rate increased slightly.  If these conflicting results tell any single story, it’s that more people are attempting to enter the workforce because conditions are beginning to improve.”

The survey shows that the average workweek droped from 34.4 hours in 2011 to 34 hours in October. Average hourly earnings dropped 54 cents to $27.93 in a year. 

Steven DeVaux November 21, 2012 at 08:15 PM
Welcom to Connecticut. High Taxes and High Unemployment.
Steven DeVaux November 22, 2012 at 04:50 AM
...And welcome to Brookfield with it's own contingent of hard core unemployed collecting a check and still living at home.
sock puppet November 23, 2012 at 05:48 AM
Thanks for moving your unemployed ass out of town, DeVaux, and helping to keep our numbers down by that much.
Steven DeVaux November 23, 2012 at 03:29 PM
Sorry to disappoint you on both counts. Neither is the case but then again you knew that.
Steven DeVaux November 23, 2012 at 03:30 PM
And it's suprising to see that Connecticut's unemployment is higher that Washington DC's which has been highlighted on national news. It appears they try and hide the bad news much the same way Germany did in the run up to the 1930's in Europe.
bkmom November 30, 2012 at 09:42 PM
A number of weeks' ago, I left my 2c about the comments made by some of my neighbors and I am going to repeat it below because it makes even more sense given some of the above comments: "My 2c. I'm checking the Brookfield Patch website less and less these days. Why? I'm just sick to death of reading subjective political diatribes instead of actual news, useful information and interesting opinions. I appreciate Mr DeVaux and others have their opinions, but they seem to be hooked on Patch as a mechanism to let the world know what they think is wrong with our town; hour after hour and day after day. It's really unfair on the rest of us and other towns that have a Patch are a far better read. Yes, the town has issues but this is NOT the forum for blame slinging, name calling, personal politiking and personal vitriol." ..Yep, that's what I posted a few weeks' ago. I didn't read the site again until today and, what do you know, I open it to find another set of excruciatingly bitter commentary to digest! I don't understand why some people are unable to make CONSTRUCTIVE critical comments enablng community dialog rather than venting what appears to be hate for the town, those people in it and everything about it. It's nothing other than laziness and arrogance. Easier to fire off a one line insult than discuss a post properly. Mr DeVaux, given that you are SO bitter about Brookfield in general - why are you here? Patch is not for community deflation, nor ego inflation.
Steven DeVaux December 03, 2012 at 12:48 AM
Ain't America great or what bkmom?
Bob McGarrah December 03, 2012 at 02:05 AM
We have two choices - everything is fine - don't make waves- no bid contracts and incompetent consultants are ok -- OR point out short comings that might just be addressed. I believe the style is the objection -- not the content.
TJ December 03, 2012 at 02:42 AM
bkmom well said.
Andrew Turkenkopf December 13, 2012 at 01:55 AM
see like this one. I was working at the time. Not me. Crazy peeps

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