Unemployment Rate Edges Upward To 8.1% In Connecticut

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The jobless rate edged up slightly in June in Connecticut, although small gains were seen in the Bridgeport-Norwalk-Stamford market.
The jobless rate edged up slightly in June in Connecticut, although small gains were seen in the Bridgeport-Norwalk-Stamford market. Photo Credit: File

FAIRFIELD COUNTY, Conn. -- The news was a bit bad in Connecticut when it came to the June jobless numbers: Employment was little changed as the unemployment rate inched higher to 8.1 percent, the state Department of Labor said.  

Connecticut saw a small monthly gain of 500 nonfarm jobs, or 0.03 percent, marking the fourth monthly job increase in a row and the fifth monthly gain in the first six months of 2013.

But the state’s unemployment rate edged higher to 8.1 percent in June. The unemployment rate had held steady at 8.0 percent for the four prior months. And Connecticut’s unemployment rate is down four-tenths of a percentage point from June 2012 when it was 8.5 percent.

“The greatly extended public school year due to storm disruptions (Sandy and blizzard) seemed to impact typical seasonal job patterns in education and may have some influence on summer hiring patterns going forward,” said Andy Condon, Director of the Office of Research. “The second wettest June on record in the state may have dampened job growth in some sectors as well.”

Four of the six major Connecticut Labor Market Areas recorded job gains in June, while two posted losses:

  • The two largest areas, the Bridgeport-Stamford-Norwalk LMA (with 3,000 new jobs, or 0.7 percent, considered statistically significant) and the Hartford-West Hartford-East Hartford LMA (with 2,700 new jobs, or 0.5 percent) performed the best in job growth in June,
  • The Norwich-New London LMA (with 1,300 new jobs, or 1.0 percent) and the Waterbury LMA (with 400 new jobs, or 0.6 percent) added jobs as well.
  • The New Haven LMA (with a loss of 2,500 jobs, or 0.9 percent) was the largest declining area and the job loss was considered statistically significant. The Danbury LMA (with a loss of 100 jobs, or -0.2 percent) was just slightly down.

Connecticut has now recovered 58,700 positions, or 48.4 percent of the 121,200 seasonally adjusted total nonfarm jobs that were lost in the state in the March 2008 to February 2010 employment recession. The Connecticut jobs recovery is now 40 months old and is averaging 1,468 jobs per month since February 2010.

The preliminary estimates were calculated by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics and released by the Connecticut Department of Labor, Office of Research.

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Plenty of work for those that have 21st century skills. The unemployed are mostly old Republicans that have Zero marketable skills. Instead of posting lies and propaganda on website they should go back to school.

Thank you president Obama for slowly getting is out of the depression caused by the 8 Years of the Republican war criminal Bush.

Actually, Gov Perry (tx) who is republican accounts for 43% of the net job growth.

Also, it was barny frank and friends that did indeed force banks to give loans for houses to anyone that can write their name on paper.

Tell me, is Barny Frank a republican? Exactly...

Usually people that are blaming others translates into unable to see their own failures.


Thats a left wing site. Sorry it upsets you that Perry is better than Obama. I know certain people enjoy food stamps, however others prefer a real job.

Of course if you remove one sector of jobs the number drops, Barry does the same thing, gloats about job growth, when they are part time temp gov jobs.
So you boast about crap gov jobs when its time to announce numbers, however when someone does it better you remove those jobs.
Typical liberal manipulation, but caught out (again).

The wars had zero to do with the economy, do your homework before posting childish things. You clearly have no idea who Barney Frank is, and his role in forcing banks to give loans. Nor his countrywide scandal.
You also fail to understand that Barney and friends said we will cover all losses for the mortgage defaults.
Anyone that says the wars caused the depression, should not be commenting on politics because they are very confused or very very naive.

You come here only to post pro Obama nonsense, and do not ever have any source. When you are provided with a source, you cry foul and claim it is a virus. How do you even get a virus on your phone? Explain that one to us.

Too Funny as this is about Rick Perry by Rick Perry a well known liar that he proved during the presidential election that he lost. Also your first lie said 47 percent and now its down to 33 percent... Now why not post the truth of 2 percent.

Democratic recovery working well. Just like Detroit!

If Obama had a city, it would be Detroit.