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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. 

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Jack Everett November 25, 2012 at 05:21 PM
Our big problem is we elected a democrat governor and got a republican trickle down scam artist that gives our money away as bribes to wealthy corporations like NBC. The governor spends money like George Bush did when he was president and has no support for workers. CT is a very high cost of living state and nothing is done to create a living wage environment. CT is also the insurance capital of the world and not business friendly unless they are bribed to come here. We have the highest gas tax in the nation thanks to Malloy and increases in our sales taxes along with a high income tax. Our politicians live high on the hog while the public barley survives on unemployment compensation.
newlondontaxpayer November 26, 2012 at 03:02 PM
A Democratic Governor, 2 US senators, state legislature and US congress the state of CT is getting what it deserves. NO JOBS !!!!!!!!!!!!! What a pathetic state and you'll keep voting thse thieves in over and over and over and over.

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