Connecticut’s cities bear brunt of unemployment

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Unemployment rates in Connecticut’s cities are more than double those of many suburbs as the slow pace of job recovery continues to lag in the state’s urban centers.

Of the state’s major cities, Stamford had an unemployment rate of 7 percent, while Hartford had more than double that rate at 15.1 percent. The City of Danbury registered an unemployment rate of 6.6 percent.

The State Labor Department released the March unemployment numbers for the 169 municipalities Friday. The Danbury metro region had the lowest rate as a region, but not a single of the towns in that area had unemployment rates below 6 percent. According to the report, 24 municipalities reported unemployment rates below 6 percent, with Union and Avon both solidly below 5 percent. This report is not indicative of where people work. Instead, it measures whether residents of these communities have jobs.

Here’s the list of lowest unemployment rates and highest. If you’re town isn’t on either list it means, it wasn’t among the highest or it didn’t drop below 6 percent.

Lowest

  • Union 4.4 percent
  • Avon 4.8 percent
  • Woodbridge 5.2
  • Glastonbury 5.2
  • Willington 5.4
  • Chester 5.4
  • New Canaan 5.5
  • Ridgefield 5.5
  • Weston 5.6
  • Simsbury 5.6
  • Easton 5.7
  • Wilton 5.7
  • Haddam 5.7
  • Hebron 5.7
  • Colebrook 5.7
  • Roxbury 5.7
  • Washington 5.7
  • Darien 5.8
  • Greenwich 5.8
  • Madison 5.8
  • Salisbury 5.8
  • Orange 5.8
  • Kent 5.8
  • Tolland 5.9

Highest

  • Hartford 15.1 percent
  • Waterbury 13.1
  • Bridgeport 12.5
  • New Haven 11.6
  • New Britain 11.3
  • New London 11.3

 

Categories: Economy
Rob Varnon

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