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  Unemployment Rate / Residents Unemployed - State of Connecticut Last Updated: June 18, 2015
Connecticut’s unemployment rate was calculated at 6.0% for May 2015 (seasonally adjusted). This is lower by two-tenths of a percentage point from the April 2015 figure, and down six-tenths of a percentage point from the May 2014 rate of 6.6%. The jobless rate in the state has not been this low since the August (5.9%) to September (6.1%) 2008 timeframe, almost seven years ago. Connecticut’s April 2015 preliminary unemployment rate was revised slightly lower to 6.2% from the initially published 6.3% rate. The state unemployment rate continues to fall even with record labor force growth. The United States unemployment rate was 5.5% in May, up one-tenth of a percentage point from April 2015, but lower by eight-tenths of a percentage point from a year ago (6.3%).

Based on the Local Area Unemployment Statistics model (LAUS - a statistical model utilizing residential survey data), the number of Connecticut unemployed, seasonally adjusted, experienced a statistically significant decrease of 4,848 (-4.0%) over the month to 115,158 in April 2015. The number of unemployed state residents has dropped by 9,454 (-7.6%) since May 2014. Connecticut produced positive labor force growth (1,133, 0.1%) for the twentieth consecutive month. Connecticut’s labor force is again at new record all-time high of 1,921,768. (Available state data goes back to 1976). Over the year, labor force growth now measures 39,959 (2.1%, considered statistically significant) and is still holding its best annualized growth pace since the recovery began in February 2010.

Unemployment Rates for States - Monthly Rankings

Month 2001 Y/Y 2002 Y/Y 2003 Y/Y 2004 Y/Y 2005 Y/Y 2006 Y/Y 2007 Y/Y 2008 Y/Y 2009 Y/Y 2010 Y/Y 2011 Y/Y 2012 Y/Y 2013 Y/Y 2014 Y/Y 2015 Y/Y
Jan 2.6 3.4 5.3 5.2 4.9 4.5 4.3 5.0 7.0 9.0 9.2 8.3 8.1 7.1 6.3
Feb 2.7 3.6 5.4 5.2 4.9 4.4 4.3 5.0 7.2 9.0 9.2 8.3 8.0 7.0 6.4
Mar 2.9 3.7 5.4 5.1 5.0 4.3 4.3 5.1 7.5 9.1 9.1 8.3 7.9 6.9 6.4
Apr 3.0 3.9 5.5 5.1 5.0 4.3 4.3 5.2 7.7 9.1 9.1 8.3 7.8 6.8 6.2
May 3.1 4.1 5.5 5.0 5.0 4.3 4.3 5.4 7.9 9.1 9.0 8.4 7.8 6.6 6.0
Jun 3.2 4.3 5.5 5.0 5.0 4.3 4.4 5.5 8.1 9.1 8.8 8.5 7.7 6.5
Jul 3.3 4.4 5.5 4.9 4.9 4.3 4.4 5.7 8.2 9.1 8.7 8.5 7.6 6.4
Aug 3.3 4.6 5.5 4.8 4.9 4.3 4.5 5.9 8.4 9.1 8.6 8.5 7.5 6.4
Sep 3.3 4.8 5.4 4.8 4.8 4.4 4.6 6.1 8.5 9.1 8.5 8.4 7.4 6.3
Oct 3.3 5.0 5.4 4.8 4.8 4.3 4.7 6.3 8.6 9.2 8.4 8.3 7.4 6.3
Nov 3.3 5.1 5.3 4.8 4.7 4.3 4.8 6.5 8.8 9.2 8.4 8.2 7.3 6.3
Dec 3.4 5.3 5.3 4.8 4.6 4.3 4.9 6.7 8.9 9.2 8.3 8.1 7.2 6.3
NOTE:  The unemployment rate represents the number unemployed as a percent of the civilian labor force. The unemployed are all persons who did not work, but were available for work during the survey week (except for temporary illness) and made specific efforts to find a job in the prior week. Persons waiting to be recalled to a job from which they had been laid off need not be looking for work to be classified.
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Month 1982 1983 1984 1985 1986 1987 1988 1989 1990 1991 1992 1993 1994 1995 1996 1997 1998 1999 2000 2001 2002 2003 2004 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015
Jan 6.6 7.2 4.8 4.8 3.9 3.6 2.8 3.0 4.8 5.5 7.5 7.5 5.6 5.6 5.3 5.7 3.9 3.0 2.8 2.6 3.4 5.3 5.2 4.9 4.5 4.3 5.0 7.0 9.0 9.2 8.3 8.1 7.1 6.3
Feb 6.7 7.0 4.7 4.8 3.8 3.6 2.7 3.0 4.9 5.7 7.5 7.4 5.6 5.6 5.3 5.7 3.8 3.0 2.7 2.7 3.6 5.4 5.2 4.9 4.4 4.3 5.0 7.2 9.0 9.2 8.3 8.0 7.0 6.4
Mar 6.7 6.7 4.6 4.9 3.8 3.5 2.7 3.1 5.0 5.9 7.5 7.3 5.5 5.6 5.4 5.6 3.7 2.9 2.6 2.9 3.7 5.4 5.1 5.0 4.3 4.3 5.1 7.5 9.1 9.1 8.3 7.9 6.9 6.4
Apr 6.8 6.4 4.5 4.9 3.8 3.4 2.8 3.2 5.1 6.1 7.5 7.1 5.5 5.6 5.4 5.4 3.6 2.9 2.5 3.0 3.9 5.5 5.1 5.0 4.3 4.3 5.2 7.7 9.1 9.1 8.3 7.8 6.8 6.2
May 6.8 6.1 4.5 4.9 3.8 3.3 2.8 3.4 5.1 6.3 7.5 6.9 5.5 5.6 5.4 5.3 3.5 2.9 2.4 3.1 4.1 5.5 5.0 5.0 4.3 4.3 5.4 7.9 9.1 9.0 8.4 7.8 6.6 6.0
Jun 6.8 5.8 4.4 4.8 3.8 3.2 2.9 3.5 5.1 6.6 7.5 6.7 5.6 5.6 5.4 5.1 3.4 2.8 2.3 3.2 4.3 5.5 5.0 5.0 4.3 4.4 5.5 8.1 9.1 8.8 8.5 7.7 6.5
Jul 6.7 5.6 4.4 4.7 3.8 3.1 3.0 3.7 5.1 6.8 7.5 6.5 5.6 5.5 5.4 5.0 3.4 2.8 2.3 3.3 4.4 5.5 4.9 4.9 4.3 4.4 5.7 8.2 9.1 8.7 8.5 7.6 6.4
Aug 6.8 5.4 4.4 4.6 3.8 3.1 3.0 3.8 5.2 7.0 7.6 6.3 5.6 5.5 5.5 4.8 3.3 2.8 2.2 3.3 4.6 5.5 4.8 4.9 4.3 4.5 5.9 8.4 9.1 8.6 8.5 7.5 6.4
Sep 6.9 5.3 4.5 4.5 3.8 3.1 3.0 4.0 5.2 7.1 7.6 6.1 5.7 5.4 5.6 4.6 3.2 2.8 2.2 3.3 4.8 5.4 4.8 4.8 4.4 4.6 6.1 8.5 9.1 8.5 8.4 7.4 6.3
Oct 7.0 5.2 4.6 4.3 3.8 3.1 3.0 4.2 5.3 7.3 7.6 5.9 5.6 5.3 5.7 4.4 3.2 2.9 2.2 3.3 5.0 5.4 4.8 4.8 4.3 4.7 6.3 8.6 9.2 8.4 8.3 7.4 6.3
Nov 7.2 5.1 4.7 4.1 3.7 3.0 3.0 4.3 5.4 7.4 7.6 5.8 5.6 5.3 5.8 4.2 3.1 2.9 2.3 3.3 5.1 5.3 4.8 4.7 4.3 4.8 6.5 8.8 9.2 8.4 8.2 7.3 6.3
Dec 7.2 4.9 4.7 4.0 3.7 3.0 3.0 4.5 5.4 7.5 7.6 5.7 5.6 5.3 5.8 4.1 3.0 2.9 2.4 3.4 5.3 5.3 4.8 4.6 4.3 4.9 6.7 8.9 9.2 8.3 8.1 7.2 6.3
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Month 1999 2000 2001 2002 2003 2004 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015
Jan 52.0 49.4 45.2 60.4 95.5 92.7 86.9 81.2 79.1 93.3 131.6 169.9 177.1 157.2 150.4 133.3 120.2
Feb 51.7 47.4 48.3 62.6 96.4 91.7 88.2 79.7 79.2 94.5 136.6 171.3 176.5 156.8 148.9 131.6 121.9
Mar 51.6 45.3 51.0 65.5 97.1 90.8 89.2 78.5 79.4 96.0 141.5 172.0 175.3 157.2 147.6 129.5 121.9
Apr 51.2 43.5 53.2 68.7 97.5 90.0 89.8 77.9 79.8 98.1 145.9 172.4 173.5 158.0 146.3 127.1 120.0
May 50.3 42.1 55.1 72.1 97.7 89.2 89.9 78.0 80.2 100.8 149.8 172.5 171.4 159.0 145.2 124.6 115.2
Jun 49.4 40.9 56.5 75.6 97.8 88.1 89.6 78.4 81.0 104.2 153.0 172.7 169.0 159.7 143.8 122.4
Jul 48.7 39.8 57.5 79.1 97.7 87.0 88.9 79.0 82.2 107.9 155.7 173.2 166.7 159.9 142.4 120.9
Aug 48.8 38.9 58.1 82.7 97.4 85.9 88.1 79.5 83.9 111.6 158.2 174.0 164.5 159.3 140.7 120.0
Sep 49.4 38.4 58.2 86.0 96.8 85.1 87.1 79.8 85.8 115.3 160.7 175.0 162.5 158.0 139.1 119.8
Oct 50.3 38.7 58.2 89.2 96.0 84.7 85.9 79.8 88.0 118.9 163.2 176.0 160.8 156.2 137.5 119.7
Nov 50.9 40.0 58.3 91.9 94.9 84.9 84.5 79.5 90.1 122.7 165.7 176.8 159.3 154.2 136.0 119.7
Dec 50.6 42.3 59.0 94.0 93.8 85.7 82.9 79.3 91.9 126.9 168.0 177.2 158.0 152.2 134.7 119.9
Month 1982 1983 1984 1985 1986 1987 1988 1989 1990 1991 1992 1993 1994 1995 1996 1997 1998
Jan 105.8 116.9 79.1 80.6 66.2 62.9 49.5 52.1 86.6 101.6 137.9 136.6 99.5 97.6 91.8 100.8 68.6
Feb 107.7 113.8 77.1 81.5 65.2 61.6 47.9 53.0 89.2 104.4 138.2 134.4 98.4 97.4 92.4 99.4 66.3
Mar 109.1 109.5 75.4 82.3 65.0 60.1 47.3 54.6 91.1 108.0 138.1 131.5 97.7 97.3 92.8 97.6 64.1
Apr 109.8 104.6 74.5 82.8 65.3 58.5 48.0 56.9 92.4 112.1 138.0 128.0 97.3 97.1 93.1 95.5 62.2
May 110.1 99.8 74.1 82.9 65.8 57.0 49.4 59.6 93.1 116.5 137.9 124.3 97.4 96.9 93.3 93.2 60.5
Jun 110.0 95.4 74.0 82.4 66.0 55.7 51.0 62.6 93.6 120.8 137.8 120.5 97.8 96.3 93.8 90.5 59.3
Jul 110.1 91.9 74.1 81.1 66.0 54.9 52.2 65.6 94.1 124.9 137.7 116.6 98.4 95.4 94.7 87.5 58.4
Aug 110.9 89.2 74.5 79.2 65.9 54.5 52.9 68.5 94.7 128.5 137.9 112.7 98.9 94.2 96.2 84.1 57.6
Sep 112.6 87.1 75.4 76.5 65.7 54.4 52.9 71.6 95.7 131.4 138.2 109.0 99.1 93.1 98.0 80.5 56.7
Oct 115.0 85.3 76.8 73.5 65.5 54.1 52.6 74.8 96.9 133.9 138.5 105.7 98.9 92.2 99.8 77.0 55.5
Nov 117.1 83.4 78.3 70.6 65.0 53.2 52.2 78.0 98.2 135.8 138.5 103.1 98.4 91.6 101.1 73.9 54.0
Dec 118.0 81.3 79.6 68.1 64.1 51.5 51.9 81.1 99.7 137.2 138.0 101.1 98.0 91.5 101.4 71.1 52.8
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Month 2001 Y/Y 2002 Y/Y 2003 Y/Y 2004 Y/Y 2005 Y/Y 2006 Y/Y 2007 Y/Y 2008 Y/Y 2009 Y/Y 2010 Y/Y 2011 Y/Y 2012 Y/Y 2013 Y/Y 2014 Y/Y 2015 Y/Y
Jan 1,716.9 1,699.0 1,693.7 1,684.5 1,691.7 1,731.2 1,764.8 1,779.5 1,755.9 1,723.6 1,741.4 1,745.9 1,716.5 1,741.7 1,784.2
Feb 1,714.1 1,699.7 1,692.3 1,683.7 1,694.2 1,735.4 1,766.7 1,779.9 1,751.2 1,724.1 1,741.5 1,744.2 1,716.5 1,746.1 1,788.0
Mar 1,711.1 1,700.5 1,690.9 1,683.1 1,697.2 1,739.1 1,768.4 1,779.9 1,746.9 1,725.8 1,741.4 1,741.3 1,717.5 1,750.2 1,794.0
Apr 1,708.1 1,701.3 1,689.2 1,683.1 1,700.4 1,742.2 1,770.0 1,779.3 1,743.3 1,728.4 1,741.0 1,737.4 1,719.5 1,753.9 1,800.6
May 1,705.6 1,701.8 1,687.3 1,683.7 1,703.8 1,744.9 1,771.5 1,778.3 1,740.3 1,731.5 1,740.8 1,733.0 1,722.0 1,757.2 1,806.6
Jun 1,703.7 1,701.9 1,685.7 1,684.5 1,706.9 1,747.2 1,773.0 1,776.9 1,737.7 1,734.5 1,741.1 1,728.6 1,724.3 1,760.3
Jul 1,702.4 1,701.5 1,684.6 1,685.5 1,709.7 1,749.5 1,774.2 1,775.2 1,735.3 1,736.8 1,742.1 1,725.0 1,726.3 1,763.5
Aug 1,701.4 1,700.7 1,684.3 1,686.4 1,712.4 1,752.1 1,775.1 1,773.3 1,733.0 1,738.4 1,743.4 1,722.3 1,727.9 1,766.7
Sep 1,700.4 1,699.5 1,684.5 1,687.2 1,715.4 1,754.8 1,776.0 1,770.9 1,730.7 1,739.3 1,744.8 1,720.4 1,729.4 1,770.1
Oct 1,699.6 1,698.1 1,684.9 1,687.8 1,718.7 1,757.5 1,776.9 1,768.1 1,728.2 1,739.9 1,746.1 1,719.1 1,731.4 1,773.6
Nov 1,699.0 1,696.6 1,685.2 1,688.6 1,722.6 1,760.2 1,777.8 1,764.6 1,725.8 1,740.5 1,746.8 1,718.0 1,734.1 1,776.8
Dec 1,698.8 1,695.2 1,685.0 1,689.8 1,726.9 1,762.7 1,778.7 1,760.5 1,724.2 1,741.0 1,746.7 1,717.1 1,737.6 1,779.5
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