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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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Connecticut’s unemployed pin hopes on divided Congress

The Democratic-led Senate has voted several times to restore benefits to 3.6 million long-term unemployed like Norwalk resident Joel Zaremby, but it fell one vote short of the 60-vote threshold needed to move the legislation forward. Now the Senate is trying one more time to find a compromise that will clear that hurdle. But time is running out. 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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