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  Unemployment Rate / Residents Unemployed - State of Connecticut Last Updated: June 16, 2016
Connecticut’s May 2016 unemployment rate was estimated at 5.7% (seasonally adjusted), unchanged for the third month in a row. The state’s jobless rate is now one-tenth of percentage point higher than a year ago (5.6%). The US unemployment rate was calculated at 4.7% for May 2016, down three-tenths of a percentage point from April 2016, and down eight-tenths of a percentage point from May 2015 (5.5%).

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 2016 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 8.2 8.1 7.1 6.1 5.5
Feb 2.7 3.6 5.4 5.2 4.9 4.4 4.3 5.0 7.2 9.0 9.2 8.2 8.0 7.0 6.0 5.5
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 5.9 5.7
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 7.9 6.8 5.8 5.7
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 5.6 5.7
Jun 3.2 4.3 5.5 5.0 5.0 4.3 4.4 5.5 8.1 9.1 8.9 8.5 7.7 6.5 5.5
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 7.7 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 7.6 6.4 5.3
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 7.5 6.3 5.3
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 5.4
Nov 3.3 5.1 5.3 4.8 4.7 4.3 4.8 6.5 8.8 9.2 8.3 8.2 7.3 6.2 5.4
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 6.2 5.4
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 2015 2016
Jan 7.1 4.9 4.9 3.9 3.7 2.9 3.1 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 8.2 8.1 7.1 6.1 5.5
Feb 6.9 4.8 4.9 3.9 3.7 2.8 3.1 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 8.2 8.0 7.0 6.0 5.5
Mar 6.8 4.7 5.0 3.9 3.6 2.8 3.2 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 5.9 5.7
Apr 6.5 4.6 5.0 3.9 3.5 2.8 3.3 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 7.9 6.8 5.8 5.7
May 6.3 4.5 5.0 3.9 3.4 2.9 3.5 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 5.6 5.7
Jun 6.1 4.5 5.0 3.9 3.3 3.0 3.6 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 8.9 8.5 7.7 6.5 5.5
Jul 5.8 4.5 4.9 3.8 3.2 3.0 3.8 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 7.7 6.4 5.4
Aug 5.6 4.5 4.8 3.8 3.2 3.1 3.9 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 7.6 6.4 5.3
Sep 5.5 4.6 4.6 3.8 3.2 3.1 4.1 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 7.5 6.3 5.3
Oct 5.3 4.6 4.4 3.8 3.2 3.1 4.3 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 5.4
Nov 5.2 4.7 4.2 3.8 3.1 3.0 4.5 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 8.3 8.2 7.3 6.2 5.4
Dec 5.0 4.8 4.0 3.8 3.0 3.0 4.6 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 6.2 5.4
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Month 2000 2001 2002 2003 2004 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016
Jan 49.4 45.2 60.4 95.5 92.7 86.9 81.3 79.1 93.3 131.6 169.9 177.1 156.6 150.3 132.7 116.2 103.8
Feb 47.4 48.3 62.6 96.4 91.7 88.2 79.7 79.2 94.5 136.6 171.3 176.5 156.3 148.8 131.0 114.4 104.5
Mar 45.3 51.0 65.5 97.1 90.8 89.2 78.5 79.4 96.0 141.5 172.0 175.3 156.8 147.5 129.2 111.9 107.5
Apr 43.5 53.2 68.7 97.5 90.0 89.8 77.9 79.8 98.1 145.9 172.4 173.6 157.9 146.4 127.1 109.1 109.4
May 42.1 55.1 72.1 97.7 89.2 89.9 78.0 80.2 100.8 149.8 172.5 171.6 159.1 145.4 125.0 106.2 108.3
Jun 40.9 56.5 75.6 97.8 88.1 89.6 78.4 81.0 104.2 153.0 172.7 169.4 160.0 144.4 123.0 103.5
Jul 39.8 57.5 79.1 97.7 87.0 88.9 79.0 82.2 107.9 155.7 173.2 167.2 160.2 143.0 121.4 101.5
Aug 38.9 58.1 82.7 97.4 85.9 88.1 79.5 83.9 111.6 158.2 174.0 164.9 159.6 141.4 120.3 100.6
Sep 38.4 58.2 86.0 96.8 85.1 87.1 79.8 85.8 115.3 160.7 175.0 162.8 158.3 139.6 119.5 100.5
Oct 38.7 58.2 89.2 96.0 84.7 85.9 79.8 88.0 118.9 163.2 176.0 160.8 156.4 137.7 118.9 100.8
Nov 40.0 58.3 91.9 94.9 84.9 84.5 79.5 90.1 122.7 165.7 176.8 159.0 154.2 135.9 118.2 101.4
Dec 42.3 59.0 94.0 93.8 85.7 82.9 79.3 91.9 126.9 168.0 177.2 157.6 152.2 134.3 117.4 102.1
Month 1983 1984 1985 1986 1987 1988 1989 1990 1991 1992 1993 1994 1995 1996 1997 1998 1999
Jan 113.6 80.5 82.5 67.9 65.5 51.2 53.8 86.6 101.6 137.9 136.6 99.5 97.6 91.8 100.8 68.6 52.0
Feb 111.6 78.7 84.2 67.5 64.6 49.6 55.0 89.2 104.4 138.2 134.4 98.4 97.4 92.4 99.5 66.3 51.7
Mar 108.7 77.2 85.4 67.8 63.0 48.7 56.6 91.1 108.0 138.1 131.5 97.7 97.3 92.8 97.6 64.1 51.6
Apr 105.3 76.1 86.1 68.1 61.0 49.0 58.7 92.4 112.1 138.0 128.0 97.3 97.1 93.1 95.5 62.2 51.2
May 101.6 75.4 86.0 68.2 58.8 50.2 61.1 93.1 116.5 137.9 124.3 97.4 96.9 93.3 93.2 60.5 50.3
Jun 98.0 75.3 85.3 67.8 57.1 51.7 63.8 93.6 120.8 137.8 120.5 97.8 96.3 93.8 90.5 59.3 49.4
Jul 94.6 75.4 83.8 67.0 56.1 52.9 66.9 94.1 124.9 137.7 116.6 98.4 95.4 94.7 87.5 58.4 48.7
Aug 91.5 75.9 81.4 66.2 55.7 53.7 70.1 94.7 128.5 137.9 112.7 98.9 94.2 96.2 84.1 57.6 48.8
Sep 88.8 76.7 78.3 65.7 55.5 53.8 73.5 95.7 131.4 138.2 109.0 99.1 93.1 98.0 80.5 56.7 49.4
Oct 86.4 77.8 74.9 65.7 55.3 53.5 76.8 96.9 133.9 138.5 105.7 98.9 92.2 99.8 77.0 55.5 50.3
Nov 84.2 79.2 71.7 65.8 54.4 53.2 80.1 98.2 135.8 138.5 103.1 98.5 91.6 101.1 73.9 54.0 50.9
Dec 82.3 80.8 69.3 65.9 53.0 53.2 83.5 99.7 137.2 138.0 101.1 98.0 91.5 101.4 71.1 52.8 50.6
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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 2015 Y/Y 2016 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 1,742.8 1,747.6 1,714.8 1,741.1 1,784.1 1,788.5
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 1,742.9 1,745.5 1,714.6 1,745.5 1,785.7 1,791.6
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 1,742.7 1,742.2 1,715.4 1,749.9 1,786.7 1,794.4
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 1,742.3 1,737.8 1,717.4 1,753.9 1,786.8 1,795.5
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 1,742.0 1,732.9 1,720.0 1,757.8 1,786.2 1,794.0
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 1,742.3 1,728.2 1,722.7 1,761.6 1,785.3
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 1,743.3 1,724.2 1,725.0 1,765.2 1,784.3
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 1,744.9 1,721.4 1,726.9 1,768.7 1,783.5
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 1,746.5 1,719.5 1,728.7 1,772.1 1,783.1
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 1,747.9 1,718.1 1,730.8 1,775.5 1,783.0
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 1,748.7 1,716.9 1,733.5 1,778.8 1,783.0
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 1,748.6 1,715.7 1,736.9 1,781.7 1,783.1
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