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Three-Year Low in State Jobless Rate

New unemployment numbers

A new report from the state Labor Department that shows unemployment in Connecticut has dropped to a three-year low, and that 7,100 new jobs were added in January alone.

Among the largest employment sectors showing growth were the construction industry, which grew 6.3% in January and added 3,100 jobs (thanks in part to a mild winter), the transportation and utilities sector, which grew 0.7% and added 2,100 positions, and the education and health services sector, which grew 0.5% and added 1,500 jobs.

Labor Department statistics show that over the past year, the largest job losses have occurred in the state and local government sector, which lost a combined 4,400 jobs, or nearly 2% of its workforce. 

This jobs report is a clear sign that things are looking up for the Connecticut economy. Getting people back to work is a top priority that contributes to the overall economic vitality of our communities, the state and the region. Now we must build on this momentum by continuing to support legislation that will help small businesses expand and grow jobs.

So far, according to the Labor Department, Connecticut has now recovered 35,900, or about a third, of the non-farm jobs it lost in the national recession which began in March 2008 and which technically concluded in February 2010. 

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Glen K Dunbar March 17, 2012 at 08:10 PM
I still say it is not what you know but who you know. I also say employers are too stuck up and picky. ON THE JOB training !!!!!! They have to train you their way anyhow. So, why are employers so stuck up????? Cheap !!!!!!! People have a right to have a decent income and hold their head high in pride. As it is minimum wage is an insult. I Love you guys (most of you) But, Please wake up and smell the coffee.
Tom Falconieri March 17, 2012 at 08:19 PM
Glen you are 100% correct LOOK AT THE SCHOOL SYSTEM IN RIDGEFIELD. Talk about inside trading. You got it Glen 1000% correct it is who you know plain and simple, Now TOMMY Kathy is right she sees things correctly what the hell is their to be happy about living in the liberal North East with progressive liberal politicians that put a bucket everywhere you leak. The job market numbers are fudged plain and simple. Yes Kathy it is an election year and the numbers are worse than they say. So with the actual numbers in CT at or around 13% and nationally around 18+% it ain't good for the DEMS. But as usual this state will elect people like MALLOY JEPSON and HIMES the biggest slum lords that ever lived and breathed on this planet. Dems what a JOKE they are!!!
Tom Falconieri March 17, 2012 at 08:27 PM
Their you go TOMMY TRICIA G has it correct. Like i said Tommy the America haters. They are here strong and backed by a president HELL BENT ON DESTROYING THIS COUNTRY. And just wait till OBAMA CARE KICKS IN TOMMY. You ain't seen nothing yet. And dont forget the clever dems that support this president that voted for the health care bill and did not even read it. SAY IT AIN'T SO TOMMY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Tricia G. March 17, 2012 at 08:29 PM
To be "pointed in the right direction," Tom, try this! A beautiful and inspiring message that brings me joy, and HOPE! It will take less than two minutes of your time: "Restoring our Garden of Liberty" http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=l-m4JtkzasM&feature=youtu.be
Glen K Dunbar March 17, 2012 at 08:36 PM
Tom my friend. I'll kick it up a notch too. Why do employers "require" college? It is because they get a kick back most likely. If places did not require college there would be no need for them and lost jobs. So, there too?? YET, ALL the people I know had jobs ALL lined up for them BEFORE they entered college. YET, when I hinted around I was told "no guarantees in life" grown ups (horse feathers) PLUS, we keep give the jobs to illegals and help the outside Countries instead of taking care of our own.

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