Small businesses in Connecticut shrink employment

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Businesses with fewer than 20 employees saw employment shrink by.12 percent last month, according to Intuit, a financial management company catering to small businesses. The firm came out today with its monthly Small Business Employment and Revenue Indexes. The employment index is based on roughly 200,000 small business employers that use Intuit Online Payroll and […] [Read More]
Categories: Labor

Unemployed will take a 19.2 percent paycut

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Unemployment checks for some Connecticut residents will be a little lighter come June, when sequestration takes a bite out of emergency benefits. The State Labor Department said emergency unemployment compensation payments will drop beginning June 16 by 19.2 percent to comply with sequestration. Washington, D.C. politicians concocted a plan where by the bulging federal deficit […] [Read More]

Conn. tweaks collective bargaining rules

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New tweaks in collective bargaining rights in the state could force employers to post notices in break rooms announcing when employees can vote in a union. The State Labor Department is holding a public hearing on June 10, at 10 a.m. at the Department of Labor, 200 Folly Brook Road, Wethersfield, where the public can […] [Read More]

Connecticut gained 2,600 jobs in March, unemployment rate holds at 8 percent

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The State Labor Department reported a gain of 2,600 jobs in March, with strong showings in construction and health care. Employers added 2,900 construction jobs and more than 2,000 jobs in health care and social services. The state’s unemployment rate held at 8 percent, still higher than the national rate of 7.6 percent. While it […] [Read More]

Warnaco to cut 208 jobs in Milford after PVH acquisition

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Warnaco filed a mass layoff notice with the state recently that says it will cut 208 jobs at its Milford operation. The company owns the Speedo, Van Heusen, Arrow and a variety of other clothing brands. Warnaco, which has had a presence in Connecticut for more than 100 years, was acquired in February by PVH […] [Read More]
Categories: Economy, Labor

Push for minimum wage hikes: Prelude to wage inflation or labor unrest?

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This weekend the Mines has dug into the minimum wage hike issue, leaving the tailings for readers to think about and hopefully discuss. Ten states raised the minimum wage this year. Almost a dozen, including Connecticut and Maine are looking at raising the floor on wages in coming years. And, in Washington, D.C., there’s a […] [Read More]

Construction hiring threatened by Fed cuts

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Construction companies added jobs in 35 states in February creating 48,000 jobs nationally, the largest one-month gain in nearly six years, according to an analysis by the Associated General Contractors of America of Labor Department data. Connecticut was not among the states that saw a gain in February and there are concerns about future growth […] [Read More]

Feds didn’t count 16,300 workers in Connecticut last year

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Gov. Dannel Malloy gets to say one of the most satisfying phrases in the English language today, “I told you so.” The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics has revised its estimates for Connecticut employment and found that it under counted new job creation by 16,300 in December, and that in fact, the state’s labor market […] [Read More]
Categories: Economy, Labor

Unemployed lose 10 weeks of pay in Connecticut

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The Connecticut Labor Department posted a notice this week that the number of available weeks of unemployment insurance benefits has been cut by 10. Regular unemployment benefits are typically only available for 26 weeks, but when the 2008 recession hit, benefits were extended to 99 weeks through a series of emergency programs. As unemployment has […] [Read More]

Chase uses unregistered NY and NJ contractors to build new branch

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The State Labor Department found that Chase Bank turned to out of state companies to build its branch at 149 Amity Road in New Haven. According to a release from the department, investigators visited the site on Wednesday after an OSHA tip. They found five companies, four from New York and one from New Jersey […] [Read More]