Huge drop in employment has Gov. experts questioning Labor Dept. accuracy

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Connecticut’s labor situation took a worse than expected turn in August, showing a loss of 6,800 jobs and a jump of 0.5 percent in the unemployment rate, which now stands at 9 percent.

The national rate was 8.1 percent for August.

The brutal report prompted Gov. Dannel P. Malloy and some economists to question the accuracy of the numbers in the face of recent trends indicating the state was seeing some slow growth.

According to the report, for the year, Connecticut is up only 1,100 jobs.

Losses were most pronounced in Hartford, New Haven and New London metro regions. Bridgeport-Stamford down 400. Danbury went against the tide and added 1,200 jobs for the month.

Average weekly pay dropped to $943.50 from $948.94 the month before and is down $13.69 from a year ago.

Rob Varnon

2 Responses

  1. raymond rivera says:

    I’m asking the Gov and the Mayor of Bpt.if they can answere this question, I’ve been outta work two years and un-employement exhausted,have applied to hundreds of jobs and now I’m 5 months behind in rent,my driver licence is expiring Nov 20, my State HIC lic is expiring including Insurance,I just gave my last $600 towards rent to slow down getting kicked into the streets,eventually all utilities will shutdown, no heat,water,lights food,med insurance. What do I do to survive!I’ll be 56 next month,thank God I’m still healthy or what?I can’t even afford to move to Florida where my brother would take me in,but can’t afford to move everything I have and myself.Where do I go from here?

  2. Roy says:

    The gov must have his head stuck in the sand- all he need do is look around. In fact the real unemployment rate would be significantly higher if the govt had thE courage to report it: i.e., if the thOse who dropped out / gave uP looking were also counted. The gov needs to look at the realities of the economic environment and face up to the challenges and make difficult but necessary budget adjustments.