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  Unemployment Rate / Residents Unemployed - State of Connecticut Last Updated: October 20, 2014

Connecticut’s unemployment rate was estimated at 6.4% for September 2014 (seasonally adjusted).  This is down two-tenths of a percentage point from August 2014 (6.6%), and down one and three-tenths of a percentage point from the September 2013 unemployment rate of 7.7%.  The unemployment rate in Connecticut has not been this low since November of 2008.

Based on the household survey, the number of unemployed, seasonally adjusted, exhibited a sizable decrease of 3,577 (-2.9%) over the month to 119,842 in September 2014.  This is the lowest level of unemployed residents in the state since the employment recovery began in February 2010.  The number of unemployed residents has decreased by 23,682 (-16.5%, considered statistically significant) since September 2013.  The United States unemployment rate was 5.9% in September, down two-tenths of a percentage point from the August 2014 rate (6.1%), and lower by one and one-three tenths of a percentage point from the September 2013 rate when it was estimated at 7.2%.

Unemployment Rates for States - Monthly Rankings

Month 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
Jan 3.6 5.3 5.1 4.8 4.6 4.4 5.0 7.0 9.1 9.3 8.2 8.0 7.2
Feb 3.7 5.4 5.1 4.9 4.4 4.4 5.0 7.4 9.2 9.2 8.1 7.9 7.0
Mar 3.8 5.5 5.1 4.9 4.3 4.4 5.0 7.7 9.2 9.1 8.1 7.8 7.0
Apr 4.0 5.5 5.0 4.9 4.3 4.4 5.1 7.9 9.2 9.0 8.2 7.8 6.9
May 4.1 5.6 5.0 4.9 4.3 4.4 5.3 8.1 9.2 9.0 8.3 7.8 6.9
Jun 4.3 5.6 5.0 4.9 4.4 4.5 5.5 8.3 9.3 9.0 8.4 7.9 6.7
Jul 4.4 5.6 4.9 4.9 4.5 4.5 5.7 8.4 9.3 9.0 8.5 7.9 6.6
Aug 4.6 5.6 4.8 4.9 4.5 4.6 5.8 8.5 9.4 8.9 8.5 7.8 6.6
Sep 4.8 5.5 4.8 4.9 4.5 4.7 6.0 8.6 9.4 8.8 8.4 7.7 6.4
Oct 4.9 5.4 4.8 4.9 4.5 4.8 6.2 8.7 9.5 8.6 8.3 7.6
Nov 5.1 5.3 4.8 4.8 4.5 4.9 6.4 8.9 9.5 8.5 8.2 7.5
Dec 5.2 5.2 4.8 4.7 4.4 4.9 6.7 9.0 9.4 8.3 8.1 7.4
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 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
Jan 7.2 4.8 4.8 3.9 3.6 2.8 3.0 4.7 5.6 7.2 7.0 5.5 5.2 5.2 5.5 3.8 2.8 2.5 2.4 3.6 5.3 5.1 4.8 4.6 4.4 5.0 7.0 9.1 9.3 8.2 8.0 7.2
Feb 7.0 4.7 4.8 3.8 3.6 2.7 3.0 4.8 5.8 7.3 6.9 5.5 5.3 5.2 5.5 3.6 2.7 2.4 2.6 3.7 5.4 5.1 4.9 4.4 4.4 5.0 7.4 9.2 9.2 8.1 7.9 7.0
Mar 6.7 4.6 4.9 3.8 3.5 2.7 3.1 4.8 6.0 7.4 6.8 5.5 5.3 5.3 5.4 3.5 2.7 2.3 2.8 3.8 5.5 5.1 4.9 4.3 4.4 5.0 7.7 9.2 9.1 8.1 7.8 7.0
Apr 6.4 4.5 4.9 3.8 3.4 2.8 3.2 4.9 6.2 7.4 6.8 5.5 5.3 5.3 5.3 3.4 2.7 2.3 2.9 4.0 5.5 5.0 4.9 4.3 4.4 5.1 7.9 9.2 9.0 8.2 7.8 6.9
May 6.1 4.5 4.9 3.8 3.3 2.8 3.4 4.9 6.4 7.4 6.7 5.5 5.4 5.2 5.1 3.4 2.6 2.3 3.1 4.1 5.6 5.0 4.9 4.3 4.4 5.3 8.1 9.2 9.0 8.3 7.8 6.9
Jun 5.8 4.4 4.8 3.8 3.2 2.9 3.5 4.9 6.5 7.4 6.5 5.5 5.3 5.2 5.0 3.3 2.5 2.3 3.2 4.3 5.6 5.0 4.9 4.4 4.5 5.5 8.3 9.3 9.0 8.4 7.9 6.7
Jul 5.6 4.4 4.7 3.8 3.1 3.0 3.7 4.9 6.6 7.3 6.4 5.4 5.3 5.2 4.8 3.2 2.5 2.2 3.3 4.4 5.6 4.9 4.9 4.5 4.5 5.7 8.4 9.3 9.0 8.5 7.9 6.6
Aug 5.4 4.4 4.6 3.8 3.1 3.0 3.8 4.9 6.6 7.3 6.2 5.4 5.2 5.3 4.7 3.2 2.5 2.2 3.3 4.6 5.6 4.8 4.9 4.5 4.6 5.8 8.5 9.4 8.9 8.5 7.8 6.6
Sep 5.3 4.5 4.5 3.8 3.1 3.0 4.0 4.9 6.7 7.2 5.9 5.4 5.1 5.4 4.5 3.1 2.6 2.1 3.3 4.8 5.5 4.8 4.9 4.5 4.7 6.0 8.6 9.4 8.8 8.4 7.7 6.4
Oct 5.2 4.6 4.3 3.8 3.1 3.0 4.2 5.0 6.8 7.2 5.8 5.3 5.1 5.5 4.3 3.1 2.6 2.1 3.4 4.9 5.4 4.8 4.9 4.5 4.8 6.2 8.7 9.5 8.6 8.3 7.6
Nov 5.1 4.7 4.1 3.7 3.0 3.0 4.3 5.2 6.9 7.1 5.6 5.3 5.1 5.5 4.1 2.9 2.7 2.2 3.4 5.1 5.3 4.8 4.8 4.5 4.9 6.4 8.9 9.5 8.5 8.2 7.5
Dec 4.9 4.7 4.0 3.7 3.0 3.0 4.5 5.4 7.1 7.0 5.6 5.2 5.1 5.6 3.9 2.8 2.6 2.3 3.5 5.2 5.2 4.8 4.7 4.4 4.9 6.7 9.0 9.4 8.3 8.1 7.4
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Month 1999 2000 2001 2002 2003 2004 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014
Jan 48.3 44.4 41.9 62.5 95.8 92.4 86.6 83.0 80.9 92.5 132.8 173.6 178.8 154.9 149.4 132.9
Feb 47.7 42.5 45.1 64.6 97.3 91.4 87.6 80.5 80.6 92.8 139.4 175.3 176.8 153.3 147.7 130.2
Mar 47.3 40.9 48.4 67.1 98.5 90.6 88.4 78.9 80.4 93.7 145.3 176.3 174.8 153.3 146.5 130.5
Apr 46.7 40.1 51.5 69.9 99.4 90.1 88.9 78.5 80.6 95.7 150.2 176.7 173.0 154.8 145.8 128.5
May 45.5 39.6 54.0 72.8 100.1 89.4 89.1 79.2 81.3 98.7 154.2 177.1 172.0 157.1 145.9 129.7
Jun 44.2 39.1 55.8 75.6 100.4 88.6 89.1 80.4 82.3 102.4 157.3 177.6 171.4 159.2 146.3 125.5
Jul 43.5 38.3 57.0 78.5 100.2 87.5 89.2 81.6 83.8 106.0 159.6 178.6 170.8 160.3 146.4 122.8
Aug 43.7 37.3 57.9 81.5 99.5 86.4 89.3 82.4 85.5 109.2 161.5 179.7 169.4 159.9 145.5 123.4
Sep 44.6 36.7 58.5 84.8 98.3 85.6 89.2 82.7 87.4 112.3 163.4 180.7 167.1 158.3 143.5 119.8
Oct 45.8 36.5 59.0 88.1 96.8 85.2 88.7 82.6 89.3 115.8 165.7 181.3 164.1 156.0 141.1
Nov 46.4 37.3 59.8 91.3 95.2 85.2 87.5 82.0 90.9 120.4 168.3 181.3 160.8 153.6 138.7
Dec 45.9 39.2 60.8 93.8 93.7 85.8 85.5 81.4 91.9 126.2 171.1 180.4 157.6 151.4 136.4
Month 1983 1984 1985 1986 1987 1988 1989 1990 1991 1992 1993 1994 1995 1996 1997 1998
Jan 116.9 79.1 80.6 66.2 62.9 49.5 52.1 84.0 101.5 132.1 125.8 98.0 92.2 90.3 97.9 66.2
Feb 113.8 77.1 81.5 65.2 61.6 47.9 53.0 86.1 105.8 134.0 124.5 97.7 92.6 91.3 96.8 63.8
Mar 109.5 75.4 82.3 65.0 60.1 47.3 54.6 87.5 110.1 135.1 123.2 97.5 93.1 91.9 95.0 61.6
Apr 104.6 74.5 82.8 65.3 58.5 48.0 56.9 88.2 113.8 135.5 121.6 97.3 93.6 92.0 92.9 59.9
May 99.8 74.1 82.9 65.8 57.0 49.4 59.6 88.4 116.8 135.4 119.8 97.0 93.7 91.6 90.6 58.4
Jun 95.4 74.0 82.4 66.0 55.7 51.0 62.6 88.3 118.9 134.7 117.3 96.5 93.4 91.4 88.0 57.3
Jul 91.9 74.1 81.1 66.0 54.9 52.2 65.6 88.2 120.3 133.6 114.0 95.9 92.4 91.7 85.2 56.4
Aug 89.2 74.5 79.2 65.9 54.5 52.9 68.5 88.5 121.3 132.4 110.0 95.2 91.0 92.7 82.1 55.6
Sep 87.1 75.4 76.5 65.7 54.4 52.9 71.6 89.4 122.5 131.3 105.8 94.3 89.7 94.3 78.8 54.6
Oct 85.3 76.8 73.5 65.5 54.1 52.6 74.8 91.3 124.3 129.9 102.4 93.4 88.9 96.2 75.5 53.2
Nov 83.4 78.3 70.6 65.0 53.2 52.2 78.0 94.1 126.8 128.5 100.0 92.6 88.8 97.7 72.3 51.4
Dec 81.3 79.6 68.1 64.1 51.5 51.9 81.1 97.6 129.6 127.2 98.7 92.2 89.3 98.3 69.1 49.6
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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
Jan 1,696.7 1,693.2 1,698.8 1,702.6 1,709.3 1,733.8 1,761.6 1,770.9 1,755.8 1,731.3 1,738.5 1,740.4 1,723.8 1,719.3
Feb 1,697.9 1,694.7 1,699.3 1,703.1 1,710.7 1,736.1 1,761.7 1,771.6 1,752.1 1,734.2 1,740.2 1,740.3 1,722.7 1,727.7
Mar 1,697.6 1,695.2 1,699.0 1,702.5 1,712.1 1,738.1 1,761.0 1,771.7 1,749.2 1,737.1 1,740.8 1,739.2 1,721.6 1,734.3
Apr 1,696.0 1,694.6 1,697.3 1,701.2 1,713.4 1,739.5 1,759.8 1,771.2 1,747.2 1,739.2 1,739.6 1,736.5 1,720.5 1,740.1
May 1,693.6 1,693.7 1,694.3 1,699.9 1,714.8 1,740.5 1,758.5 1,770.4 1,745.4 1,739.9 1,736.9 1,732.6 1,718.6 1,747.9
Jun 1,691.3 1,693.2 1,691.1 1,699.0 1,716.6 1,741.7 1,757.8 1,769.6 1,743.4 1,739.5 1,734.1 1,728.8 1,716.0 1,753.0
Jul 1,689.7 1,693.5 1,689.1 1,699.3 1,718.7 1,743.8 1,757.9 1,769.2 1,740.9 1,738.3 1,732.6 1,726.0 1,713.3 1,749.3
Aug 1,688.7 1,694.4 1,689.0 1,700.6 1,721.1 1,747.2 1,759.1 1,769.0 1,738.1 1,737.1 1,732.9 1,724.9 1,711.3 1,747.0
Sep 1,688.4 1,695.7 1,690.9 1,702.6 1,723.6 1,751.4 1,761.1 1,768.6 1,735.0 1,736.2 1,734.7 1,725.0 1,710.1 1,755.8
Oct 1,688.8 1,696.7 1,694.1 1,704.5 1,726.2 1,755.6 1,763.4 1,767.0 1,732.1 1,735.8 1,737.0 1,725.5 1,709.5
Nov 1,689.9 1,697.5 1,697.7 1,706.3 1,728.8 1,759.3 1,765.5 1,764.2 1,730.1 1,736.0 1,738.9 1,725.6 1,709.2
Dec 1,691.4 1,698.1 1,700.7 1,707.8 1,731.1 1,761.7 1,767.3 1,760.2 1,729.7 1,736.9 1,739.9 1,724.9 1,709.4
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