Andy Condon

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CT DOL says February unemployment rate was 6.4%

The unemployment rate in Connecticut was 6.4 percent in February, a tenth of a point higher than the previous month as the state added both jobs and job seekers, the state Department of Labor said Thursday. “Connecticut’s record cold February temperatures and frequent snow appears to have affected industry employment, hours worked, and some unemployment claims activity last month,” said Andy Condon, director of the Office of Research. “Nevertheless, the state’s labor force weathered the cold and continues to expand, bringing out more jobseekers.”

The unemployment rate was higher, despite the addition of jobs to the economy, since more people were seeking work, Condon said. The state’s labor force, which grew by 5,368 jobs last month, now has increased for 17 consecutive months. The February 2014 unemployment rate was 7 percent. Continue Reading →

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Report: Unemployment, jobs in CT dipped in January

The Connecticut Department of Labor issued a mixed labor analysis Friday, revising upwards the number of jobs created in 2013, while reporting that employment declined in January, even as the unemployment rate fell for a sixth consecutive month to 7.2 percent. Non-farm employment dropped 10,400 positions in January after hitting a post-recession high of 1,663,500 jobs in December, a fall partly blamed on the recent cold and snowy weather. Continue Reading →

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CT jobs numbers don’t lie, they just confuse

Gov. Dannel P. Malloy trotted out a favorite statistic Monday on the tarmac of Waterbury-Oxford Airport, where he was promoting his administration’s economic development efforts: More than 40,000 jobs have been created in Connecticut since he took office. “The reality is with the creation of over 40,000 private sector jobs, we’re doing a pretty good job at it,” Malloy said of the economy. Meanwhile, Tom Foley, one of several Republicans with an eye on the governor’s office, says Connecticut’s workforce has actually shrunk on Malloy’s watch. Both have a jobs estimate to back them, and their dueling numbers come from the same source: the Connecticut Department of Labor. Confounding experts at the DOL, labor force estimates based on the department’s two main employment surveys have produced contradictory results for years, enabling Malloy and his opponents to live in parallel worlds. Continue Reading →

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