July jobs figures showed a rise in unemployment throughout Connecticut, and in Darien shared the bad news. The town's unemployment rate rose to 6.7 percent, with 40 more people looking for jobs than the month before.
In Connecticut, the seasonally adjusted unemployment rate is 8.5 percent and the national rate is 8.3 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.”
Darien employment and unemploymentDarien Jobs in 2012
January May June July Total Labor Force 9,216
9,6079,636 Employed 8,694
8,9978,986 Unemployed 522 604
[Sources: Connecticut Labor Department web page and PDF file attached to this article]
In Darien, the unemployment rate edged up as the number of employed people declined a bit (by 11 people), and the number of unemployed rose even more (by 40 people). Perhaps these figures indicate that some people formerly discouraged from searching for jobs were again looking.
Here are the unemployment rates for selected Connecticut cities and towns:City/Town Unemployment Rate Darien 6.7 % New Canaan 6.3 % Stamford 7.7 % Norwalk 7.3 % Greenwich 6.3 % Wilton 6.7 % Westport 6.7 % Fairfield 8.3 % Ridgefield 6.4 % Bridgeport 13.4 % New Haven 13.6 % Danbury 7.7 % Hartford 17.3 % New London 12.6 % Waterbury 13.9 %
[Source: Connecticut Labor Department PDF file attached to this article.]