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State of Connecticut - Business & Employment Changes Announced in the News Media
  Business & Employment Changes Announced in the News Media - State of Connecticut Last Updated: January 31, 2017
This publication lists start-ups, expansions, staff reductions, and layoffs reported by the media, both current and future. The report provides company name, the number of workers involved, date of the action, the principal product or service of the company, a brief synopsis of the action, and the source and date of the media article.
Startups and Expansions in January 2017Startups and Expansions in January 2017:
  • New Chick-fil-A Restaurant Opening in West Hartford Now Hiring - The new Chick-fil-A will host its grand opening on Feb. 9 at 509 New Park Avenue. The new location will employ 90 full and part-time employees. Employees will also be eligible for Chick-fil-A’s new scholarship initiative.

  • Berkshire Hathaway subsidiary HomeServices of America is acquiring Houlihan Lawrence - a Rye Brook, N.Y.-based luxury real estate brokerage firm with multiple offices in southwestern Connecticut. HomeServices now has about 29,500 real estate professionals in 570 offices in 28 states.

  • The Labor Department offers recruitment events in many of the American Job Center offices. For a listing of employers that are conducting interviews at local American Job Center offices, please visit:

Layoffs and Staff Reductions in November2016Layoffs and Staff Reductions in January 2017:

  • Hartford Projects 200 Teacher Layoffs Under Most Likely Budget - The district eliminated more than 230 full-time positions for the current budget, including several dozen teachers. The schools' 2017-18 spending plan is expected to be presented in April.

  • Cypress Grill in Middletown to close after 80 years - The family-owned business is closing its doors after 80 years at the end of February as the owners retire.

In Department NewsIn Department News:

  • Effective January 1, 2017, the Connecticut minimum wage is $10.10 per hour.

  • The maximum Unemployment Insurance benefit rate for new claims is $616 per week. Save time when filing new UI claim or reopening existing UI claim by filing online. Visit and click on the File Your Unemployment Claim button.

  • The Connecticut Labor Department's Office of Research releases monthly information on available job postings from the Conference Board's Help Wanted OnLine (HWOL) index. The most recent month of data, total postings in Connecticut was 68,660 in December 2016, down 3,353 from a month before and down 4,651 from December 2015. Additional HWOL information can be found at
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