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Murphy, Courtney: Trump cuts to job training grants could hurt EB

WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump’s budget calls for cutting manufacturing training money that has helped provide hard-to-find skilled workers for Electric Boat and its suppliers, even as the president wants to ramp up building submarines. “This is exactly the wrong direction we should be going,” said Rep. Joe Courtney, D-2nd District. Continue Reading →

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CT jobless rate rises as 2015 job growth estimates are cut in half

Despite gaining 900 jobs, Connecticut’s unemployment rate rose slightly in January from 5.4 to 5.5 percent, the state Department of Labor reported Friday. The department also significantly reduced its original job growth projections for 2015 by 14,700 jobs. That means Connecticut only has recovered 73 percent, or 86,700 of the jobs lost in the last recession. Continue Reading →

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New jobs found for 22 facing layoff at Labor Department

Gov. Dannel P. Malloy’s administration reported Thursday that it has placed 22 of the 95 state Department of Labor employees served layoffs notices earlier this summer in other, vacant state jobs. The governor’s budget office also said that another three workers have accepted layoffs. That leaves 70 workers whose final status has yet to be determined. Continue Reading →

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Does closing job centers set back Malloy’s 2nd chance initiative?

While Gov. Dannel P. Malloy recently dismissed speculation that the closures would weaken his comprehensive Second Chance Society program, others – including a top lawmaker on both budget and juvenile justice issues – aren’t so sure the administration isn’t working against itself. Continue Reading →

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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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Applause, and skepticism, for Malloy’s ‘second-chance society’

James Rovella was a Hartford homicide cop in the early 1990s, when Iran Nazario ran with Los Solidos, a gang quick to defend its drug turf with drive-by shootings. Rovella left the streets for management, eventually becoming chief. Nazario went to prison. On Wednesday, they shared the same table, listening to a governor talk about second chances. Continue Reading →

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CT ended 2014 with jobless rate down to 6.4 percent

Connecticut’s unemployment rate dropped slightly to 6.4 percent in December, buoyed by 4,800 new jobs created during the holiday shopping season, the state Labor Department reported Monday. The state closed 2014 with 26,700 jobs gained, up from the 18,400 positions added in 2013. Connecticut now has regained 96,300, or 80.9 percent, of the 119,100 jobs lost during the last recession.
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