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State posts job gains in June

HARTFORD, Conn. – The state, according to the Department of Labor, added 1,700 jobs in June and revised its job gains in May up from 5,800 to 6,000.

The unemployment rate in June was 6.7 percent, which is down two-tenths of a percent from where it was in May and the lowest it has been since December 2008.

“Connecticut’s unemployment rate continues to decline for all the right reasons, such as broad industry job growth coupled with declining unemployment, and an expanding labor force,” Andy Condon, director of the Office of Research, said.  “Summer seasonal hiring seems to have begun at expected rates.”

Only 500 of the 1,700 jobs added in June were in the private sector, a majority of 1,200 were in the government sector.

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7 responses to “State posts job gains in June”

  1. piberman

    Once again NON omits the real story here. CT employment remains about 50,000 below pre-Recession levels courtesy of Democratic Gov. Malloy’s historic tax hike and saving of public sector jobs. No other state has that dismal record. And when the next recession hits Gov. Malloy will again raise taxes. Its what he does best. CT’s dismal job gains should rally all Democrats to support his re-election.

    1. Mark Chapman

      @Berman
      Yes, professor, once again we fail to cover a state/national story properly, according to your standards. Why, I called our state and D.C. bureaus, but our staff reporters all seemed to be out. Oh, wait — we don’t have bureaus. Or staff. We tease to OTHER people’s coverage. So, what you really mean is, once again, the story you want to read isn’t written, at least by anyone we have access to, so you must lash out against a convenient target.

      By the way, re: EveT’s comment and your retort: Perhaps the most strident, relentless critic isn’t someone who wanted the economic job, but someone who wanted the mayor’s job, but was denied so many years ago — 1995. Bitterness is not attractive.

  2. anon

    This report from the Connecticut Dept of Labor is grasping at straws.

    1,700 new jobs in June, 1,200 are public sector and most of those seasonal. Only value in this report is the headline.

  3. Don’t Panic

    The entire country still isn’t producing jobs at the adequate “replacement” rate. And many of the jobs are service industry jobs that are paying at lower rates than the professional jobs they are replacing. Singling out CT is disingenuous. If you want to see our economy improve, demand needs to pick up. Which means we need to stop spring projects that encourage economic serfdom.

  4. One and Done

    Lifeguards, camp councilors, and ice cream stand jobs aren’t going to do the trick.
    .
    Microsoft just announced they are laying off 18,000 workers which is almost 15% of their employees. Sure Softy made some poor decisions helping bring them to this point, but not 15% worth. Consumer spending is drying up as wages remain flat and food and energy prices continue to spike thanks to overbearing EPA regulations and poor fed policies on monetary expansion.
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    This economy is very fragile still and CT is in just about the worst position of any state in the union. Middle East tensions could see home heating oil over $5 a gallon this winter, which would just about crush disposable income for the region and many restaurants and retailers along with it.
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    Everyone, or everyone who has equity stakes in the market are riding sugar highs right now. But ask yourself what these valuations are based on right now? Cheap debt is fueling stock repurchases giving the illusion of growth, but it is really just slight of hand.
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    I wonder how much of CT’s budget next year is based on wild speculation in the growth of the stock market. Who needs Keno to balance the budget when our fate depends on the biggest casino on the planet.

  5. piberman

    At the current rates of modest job growth it will take more than a decade for CT to regain its pre-Recession job levels. No other state remains 50,000 below pre-Recession job levels. Evidence that the Governor’s tax hike during Recessions had powerful negativeconsequences on the state’s economy.

  6. Don’t Panic

    Evidence of reduced demand due to cutting of municipal and state employees. States that did less of that than CT recovered faster.

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