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

Connecticut’s unemployment rate, calculated from the household survey (CPS), was 6.4% in October 2014.  This is unchanged from the September 2014 estimate of 6.4% but down by one and two-tenths of a percentage point from the October 2013 unemployment rate of 7.6%.  The unemployment rate has not been this low in the state since November 2008. The number of unemployed in the state has fallen by 19,534 (-13.8%, considered statistically significant) over the year to 121,575.  In October, Connecticut’s labor force experienced its largest increase in 2014 (10,675, 0.6%, also considered statistically significant) and has now increased by 35,651 (1.9%) participants over the year.

Based on the household survey, the number of unemployed, seasonally adjusted, posted an increase of 1,771 (1.5%) over the month to 121,575 in October 2014.  The number of unemployed residents has decreased by 19,534 (-13.8%, considered statistically significant) since October 2013.  Connecticut’s unchanged unemployment rate last month came about with the largest labor force increase this year (+10,675, +0.6%, considered statistically significant) - reflecting more residents drawn to the labor market looking for work.  Year-to-year labor force growth now measures +35,651 (+1.9%).  Connecticut’s civilian labor force has increased 8 of 10 months in 2014 after bottoming in this recovery in December 2013 at 1,845,784.  The United States unemployment rate was 5.8% in October, down one-tenth of a percentage point from the September 2014 rate (5.9%), and lower by one and one-four tenths of a percentage point from the October 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 6.4
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 6.4
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 89.3 115.8 165.7 181.3 164.1 156.0 141.1 121.6
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 1,764.7
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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