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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 21, 2012 at 06:44 PM
"Malloy issued a statement for the second month in a row about his doubt on the accuracyof the results." Typical lawyer.. discredit the witness. If the results were positive he'd embrace them. Wanker.
Paul Alexander September 21, 2012 at 06:45 PM
Cut taxes. Unwind regulation. Stand up to the public employee unions. Be a hero.
Big Family September 21, 2012 at 06:57 PM
Gov. Malloy's statement is the equivalent of my nine year saying "I don't know" when something goes wrong.
Veritas vos liberabit September 21, 2012 at 07:08 PM
Better to just not answer like your guy..... Gov. Rick Scott on Tuesday cut off a reporter who tried to ask him about a report from a top state economist who said Florida’s drop in unemployment is almost exclusively due to people dropping out of the workforce. The question pointed out that the Florida Legislature’s top economist has regularly said that unemployment is dropping in Florida due to a shrinking workforce, not job creation. That message is in stark contrast with Scott’s message—which is that Florida’s unemployment rate drop (the nation’s largest over the last 20 months)—is on the decline due to an improving economy. When a Bloomberg reporter asked what happened to the people no longer looking for work, Scott pivoted by pointing out that the state has created 130,000 private sector jobs under his new watch. Then he shut down the questioner.
Veritas vos liberabit September 21, 2012 at 07:12 PM
Really? from FOX News........... SEPTEMBER 19, 2012 Fox Poll: More voters still disapprove of job Gov. Scott is doing The Fox News Poll of Florida voters released tonight not only shows President Obama ahead of Mitt Romney 49-44 percent, and Connie Mack IV trailing Bill Nelson 35-49 percent but it has Gov. Rick Scott with more voters unhappy with his job performance than satisfied with it. Voters were asked if they "approve or disapprove of the job Rick Scott is doing as governor" and 39 percent said they approve, while 49 percent disapprove. Those numbers are mirrored among Florida's crucial independent voters and those with no college degrees. Floridians with college degrees think he's not measuring up by a margin of 51 percent to 31 percent while independent voters disapprove of him 48-39 percent. The gap is especially wide among women voters, who disapprove of the governor by a 55 percent to 34 percent margin.
Big Family September 21, 2012 at 07:49 PM
So Sully, can I expect the same detailed analysis from you when the national unemployment rate goes down due to people dropping out of the the work force before the election or will we hear crickets from you and the mainstream liberals...I mean media. I'm guessing I will need to get out my bug spray.
John Munro September 21, 2012 at 09:13 PM
You mean public debt isn't the answer? Who would have thought.
Sam Mihailoff September 22, 2012 at 03:50 AM
Gee, the "I don't know" or "I'm not aware" seems to be working quite well for Robinson, our illustrious Superintendent of Schools"
Paul Alexander September 22, 2012 at 02:31 PM
Jobs follow where capital is created and gathered. Capital gathers where it is treated well; in a low regulation and low tax environment. Even a dullard like Malloy knows this. So you’ve got to wonder why Governor Malloy DOES one thing…enact the states largest tax increase, maintains one of the most burdensome state regulatory environments and plays sycophant to the public employee unions…and SAYS another thing… that Connecticut jobs are his #1 priority. He mistakenly believes that what he DOES and what he SAYS are congruent.
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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