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  Unemployment Rate / Residents Unemployed - State of Connecticut Last Updated: April 20, 2015
Connecticut’s unemployment rate was calculated at 6.4% for March 2015 (seasonally adjusted).  This is unchanged from the February 2015 figure, but down five-tenths of a percentage point from the March 2014 rate of 6.9%.  The US unemployment rate was 5.5% in March, also unchanged from February 2015, and lower by one and one-tenth of a percentage point from a year ago (6.6%).

Based on the Local Area Unemployment Statistics model (a complex statistical model using residential survey data), the number of unemployed, seasonally adjusted, experienced a negligible increase of 44 (less than 0.05%) over the month to 121,896 in March 2015.  Nevertheless, the number of unemployed residents has declined by 7,599 (-5.9%) since March 2014.  Connecticut continued to see civilian labor force growth (6,129, 0.3%) in March, for the eighteenth straight month since September 2013, and the best month so far in 2015.  Over the year, labor force growth now measures 36,305 (1.9%, considered statistically significant).  Our labor force now totals 1,916,002, and is at 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
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
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
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
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
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
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 1,794.1
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
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
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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