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Connecticut Unemployment Rate Hits 9 Percent

The unemployment rises five months in a row, but state officials doubt the numbers.

Another month, another rise in Connecticut's unemployment rate. The August jobless rate from the Connecticut Department of Labor shows 9 percent unemployment for the first time since April 2011. 

The unemployment rate rose from 8.5 percent in July. State officials, including Governor Dannel P. Malloy, remain skeptical about the results.

“To date we can find no corroborating evidence that the record losses in employment and increases in unemployment, indicated by the household survey, are occurring at this magnitude,” said Andy Condon, director of the Office of Research at the Connecticut Department of Labor. “Other indicators, such as unemployment insurance claims, layoff events and reports of business expansions and contractions, do not support the sudden and steep decline in these indicators." 

Malloy issued a statement for the second month in a row about his doubt on the accuracyof the results.

“We haven’t seen an increase in the initial number of people filing for unemployment benefits — in July, average weekly filings were 4,802 and in August they were 4,779.  In fact, claims are down from this time last year.  And tax withholdings are up 3.6 percent after adjustment,” Malloy said. “Those two trends are the opposite of what you would expect to see if the state was losing jobs at the rate suggested in this report."

Joe Loschiavo September 21, 2012 at 11:34 AM
The most powerful economic engine the world has ever known... The Unites States of American... and we are reduced to squabbling over a rising unemployment rate? Where is this "recovery" again?
RONALD M GOLDWYN September 21, 2012 at 02:37 PM
This time our Governor can not pass the buck. He must take the blame for job losses in this state. He cannot say the CT Republicans must share the blame, because Democrats control the legislature also. It is time for the Republicans running for office in Hartford to be returned to the majority.
JP September 21, 2012 at 06:22 PM
But didn't our genius governor give tax breaks -- excuse me, "forgiveable loans" -- to all these large corporations to bring in jobs? Swiss Bank, Jackson Labs, NBC Sports -- how could unemployment be up if those heavy hitters were bringing jobs into the state? I'll tell you where the jobs have gone -- down the drain with all the small businesses and restaurants that have closed, and that have had to cut workers to make up for the across-the-board tax increases Danny Malloy has foisted on the state. The way you increase jobs is by making the buisness environment friendly to small business and entreneurs, not by sucking up to large corporations that only ask for tax breaks. Our governor has followed the Obama model and made this state toxic for buisness growth. Both of them need to go, as soon as possible.
Concerned Parent September 22, 2012 at 03:28 PM
I love the spin taking place regarding the job numbers...They bring up that the number of job claims have reduced, I guess no one ever realized that perhaps some people's benefits have probably been exhausted, thus no new claims..
LAM September 22, 2012 at 07:42 PM
What you are seeing now is the bitter fruits of what the democrats have sown. It will get worse (see California). Entitlements, "free stuff" call them what you will, they are no longer sustainable. Watch the next legislative session as the democrats redefine downward what qualifies as being wealthy. There will be additional burdens placed on those who work and their employers leading even fewer available jobs. It to me as an independent is amazing how these idiots continue to get voted in. We really need a vibrant third party that would lead from the middle rather than the extreme left or right. What we have now just ain't working.

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