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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."

Paul Alexander September 22, 2012 at 02:33 PM
The good Gov is blinded by his political ideology and stuck in the liberal democrat time warp. He hasn’t noticed that the game has changed. When Malloy was growing up in Connecticut’s liberal democrat machine, a politician was conditioned to expect that a high tax and regulation agenda could co-exist with a jobs creating agenda. The state and the country were in high growth mode. That high growth rate made it SEEM that both could be accomplished simultaneously. A politician’s nirvana. What the Gov either ignores or has no awareness of is the high growth days are O-V-E-R in Connecticut. Oooops. Now he has to choose between one of the two traditional agendas. Tax and regulate the crap out of the job creators to support the liberal democrat transfer payment agenda at the cost of job creation...OR, make job creation the #1 priority and sacrifice the traditional liberal democrat agenda. The political salad days of having it both ways are over. Governor Malloy has already made his choice. He just doesn’t like the CT Dept of Labor making the results public.
rich September 23, 2012 at 01:12 AM
Why is this state so far to the left? When will people learn.
Dean Mulligan September 23, 2012 at 01:15 AM
It's called EDUCATION. Just check out which states are Red (like in brain dead).
Dee Dee September 23, 2012 at 12:54 PM
I use to believe the mantra - that Republicans were just a bunch of old, smart, rich people. Till I sat back and asked myself - who would I go to for advice? An unsuccessful, uneducated, young person who lacks the wisdom of years of experience? Or would I seek out someone who has been successful?
Paul Alexander September 23, 2012 at 03:24 PM
Rich, The pain threshold is not high enough yet. People rarely make significant changes in their lives until their personal pain has reached a critical mass. That day is coming for Connecticut...soon. Liberal Democrats will attempt to maintain the status quo for as long as possible so "change" will come later than it should, but come it will. It is inevitable. When the current system implodes the choice will be does the state choose a healthy and sustainable path or an even more destructive path.

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