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  Unemployment Rate / Residents Unemployed - State of Connecticut Last Updated: August 20, 2015
Connecticut’s unemployment rate was estimated at 5.4% for July 2015 (seasonally adjusted). This is down by three-tenths of a percentage point from the June 2015 figure (5.7%), and down a full percentage point from the July 2014 rate of 6.4%. Connecticut’s unemployment rate has not been this low since May 2008, when it was also 5.4%, more than seven years ago. The big monthly drops in the state unemployment rate in June and July this year (down three-tenths of a percent each month, seasonally adjusted) have come on receding labor pools, but the labor force had just reached a new estimated all-time high in May 2015 (at 1,921,726*). The United States unemployment rate was 5.3% in July, unchanged from June 2015, but lower by nine-tenths of a percentage point from a year ago (6.2%). The Connecticut jobless rate is now much closer to the US unemployment rate in recent months. The not seasonally adjusted unemployment rates were identical in July at 5.6%.

Based on the Local Area Unemployment Statistics model (LAUS - a statistical model integrating residential survey data), the number of Connecticut unemployed, seasonally adjusted, declined a statistically significant 5,185 (-4.8%) over the month to 103,733 in July 2015. The number of unemployed state residents has fallen by 17,120 (-14.2%) since July 2014 (also considered statistically significant).

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 5.7
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 5.4
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 5.7
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 5.4
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
  Connecticut Unemployment Rate (1982 - Current) .xlsDownload CT Unemployment Rate (1982 - Current) Top 
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 80.2 100.8 149.8 172.5 171.4 159.0 145.2 124.6 115.1
Jun 49.4 40.9 56.5 75.6 97.8 88.1 89.6 78.4 81.0 104.2 153.0 172.7 169.0 159.7 143.8 122.4 108.9
Jul 48.7 39.8 57.5 79.1 97.7 87.0 88.9 79.0 82.2 107.9 155.7 173.2 166.7 159.9 142.4 120.9 103.7
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
  Connecticut Residents Unemployed (1982 - Current) .xlsDownload Connecticut Residents Unemployed (1982 - Current) Top 
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 1,809.2
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 1,807.2
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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