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Labor Market Information - State of Connecticut vs. United States Unemployment Rate
  State of Connecticut vs. United States Unemployment Rate - State of Connecticut Last Updated: May 26, 2015
Connecticut’s unemployment rate was calculated at 6.3% for April 2015 (seasonally adjusted). This is lower by one-tenth of a percentage point from the March 2015 figure, and down five-tenths of a percentage point from the April 2014 rate of 6.8%. The United States unemployment rate was 5.4% in April, also down one-tenth of a percentage point from March 2015, and lower by eight-tenths of a percentage point from a year ago (6.2%).

Based on the Local Area Unemployment Statistics model (LAUS - a complex statistical model utilizing residential survey data), the number of Connecticut unemployed, seasonally adjusted, underwent a sizeable decrease of -1,786 (-1.5%) over the month to 120,089 in April 2015. The number of unemployed state residents has dropped by 7,019 (-5.5%) since April 2014. The state posted another strong month of labor force growth (4,988, 0.3%) which has continued for 19 straight months. Connecticut’s labor force is now at new record all-time high of 1,920,837! (Available state data goes back to 1976). Over the year, labor force growth now measures 39,836 (2.1%, considered statistically significant) and is also at its best annualized growth pace since the recovery began in February 2010. The residential employment component was also strong (6,774, 0.4) over the month as well breaking 1.8 million (1,800,748) for the first time ever.

Unemployment Rates for States - Monthly Rankings

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Jan 4.3 4.6 0.3 5.0 5.0 0.0 7.0 7.8 0.8 9.0 9.8 0.8 9.2 9.2 0.0 8.3 8.3 0.0 8.1 8.0 -0.1 7.1 6.6 -0.5 6.3 5.7 -0.6
Feb 4.3 4.5 0.2 5.0 4.9 -0.1 7.2 8.3 1.1 9.0 9.8 0.8 9.2 9.0 -0.2 8.3 8.3 0.0 8.0 7.7 -0.3 7.0 6.7 -0.3 6.4 5.5 -0.9
Mar 4.3 4.4 0.1 5.1 5.1 0.0 7.5 8.7 1.2 9.1 9.9 0.8 9.1 9.0 -0.1 8.3 8.2 -0.1 7.9 7.5 -0.4 6.9 6.6 -0.3 6.4 5.5 -0.9
Apr 4.3 4.5 0.2 5.2 5.0 -0.2 7.7 9.0 1.3 9.1 9.9 0.8 9.1 9.1 0.0 8.3 8.2 -0.1 7.8 7.6 -0.2 6.8 6.2 -0.6 6.3 5.4 -0.9
May 4.3 4.4 0.1 5.4 5.4 0.0 7.9 9.4 1.5 9.1 9.6 0.5 9.0 9.0 0.0 8.4 8.2 -0.2 7.8 7.5 -0.3 6.6 6.3 -0.3
Jun 4.4 4.6 0.2 5.5 5.6 0.1 8.1 9.5 1.4 9.1 9.4 0.3 8.8 9.1 0.3 8.5 8.2 -0.3 7.7 7.5 -0.2 6.5 6.1 -0.4
Jul 4.4 4.7 0.3 5.7 5.8 0.1 8.2 9.5 1.3 9.1 9.4 0.3 8.7 9.0 0.3 8.5 8.2 -0.3 7.6 7.3 -0.3 6.4 6.2 -0.2
Aug 4.5 4.6 0.1 5.9 6.1 0.2 8.4 9.6 1.2 9.1 9.5 0.4 8.6 9.0 0.4 8.5 8.0 -0.5 7.5 7.2 -0.3 6.4 6.1 -0.3
Sep 4.6 4.7 0.1 6.1 6.1 0.0 8.5 9.8 1.3 9.1 9.5 0.4 8.5 9.0 0.5 8.4 7.8 -0.6 7.4 7.2 -0.2 6.3 5.9 -0.4
Oct 4.7 4.7 0.0 6.3 6.5 0.2 8.6 10.0 1.4 9.2 9.4 0.2 8.4 8.8 0.4 8.3 7.8 -0.5 7.4 7.2 -0.2 6.3 5.7 -0.6
Nov 4.8 4.7 -0.1 6.5 6.8 0.3 8.8 9.9 1.1 9.2 9.8 0.6 8.4 8.6 0.2 8.2 7.7 -0.5 7.3 7.0 -0.3 6.3 5.8 -0.5
Dec 4.9 5.0 0.1 6.7 7.3 0.6 8.9 9.9 1.0 9.2 9.3 0.1 8.3 8.5 0.2 8.1 7.9 -0.2 7.2 6.7 -0.5 6.3 5.6 -0.7
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Jan 3.9 4.6 0.7 3.0 4.3 1.3 2.8 4.0 1.2 2.6 4.2 1.6 3.4 5.7 2.3 5.3 5.8 0.5 5.2 5.7 0.5 4.9 5.3 0.4 4.5 4.7 0.2
Feb 3.8 4.6 0.8 3.0 4.4 1.4 2.7 4.1 1.4 2.7 4.2 1.5 3.6 5.7 2.1 5.4 5.9 0.5 5.2 5.6 0.4 4.9 5.4 0.5 4.4 4.8 0.4
Mar 3.7 4.7 1.0 2.9 4.2 1.3 2.6 4.0 1.4 2.9 4.3 1.4 3.7 5.7 2.0 5.4 5.9 0.5 5.1 5.8 0.7 5.0 5.2 0.2 4.3 4.7 0.4
Apr 3.6 4.3 0.7 2.9 4.3 1.4 2.5 3.8 1.3 3.0 4.4 1.4 3.9 5.9 2.0 5.5 6.0 0.5 5.1 5.6 0.5 5.0 5.2 0.2 4.3 4.7 0.4
May 3.5 4.4 0.9 2.9 4.2 1.3 2.4 4.0 1.6 3.1 4.3 1.2 4.1 5.8 1.7 5.5 6.1 0.6 5.0 5.6 0.6 5.0 5.1 0.1 4.3 4.6 0.3
Jun 3.4 4.5 1.1 2.8 4.3 1.5 2.3 4.0 1.7 3.2 4.5 1.3 4.3 5.8 1.5 5.5 6.3 0.8 5.0 5.6 0.6 5.0 5.0 0.0 4.3 4.6 0.3
Jul 3.4 4.5 1.1 2.8 4.3 1.5 2.3 4.0 1.7 3.3 4.6 1.3 4.4 5.8 1.4 5.5 6.2 0.7 4.9 5.5 0.6 4.9 5.0 0.1 4.3 4.7 0.4
Aug 3.3 4.5 1.2 2.8 4.2 1.4 2.2 4.1 1.9 3.3 4.9 1.6 4.6 5.7 1.1 5.5 6.1 0.6 4.8 5.4 0.6 4.9 4.9 0.0 4.3 4.7 0.4
Sep 3.2 4.6 1.4 2.8 4.2 1.4 2.2 3.9 1.7 3.3 5.0 1.7 4.8 5.7 0.9 5.4 6.1 0.7 4.8 5.4 0.6 4.8 5.0 0.2 4.4 4.5 0.1
Oct 3.2 4.5 1.3 2.9 4.1 1.2 2.2 3.9 1.7 3.3 5.3 2.0 5.0 5.7 0.7 5.4 6.0 0.6 4.8 5.5 0.7 4.8 5.0 0.2 4.3 4.4 0.1
Nov 3.1 4.4 1.3 2.9 4.1 1.2 2.3 3.9 1.6 3.3 5.5 2.2 5.1 5.9 0.8 5.3 5.8 0.5 4.8 5.4 0.6 4.7 5.0 0.3 4.3 4.5 0.2
Dec 3.0 4.4 1.4 2.9 4.0 1.1 2.4 3.9 1.5 3.4 5.7 2.3 5.3 6.0 0.7 5.3 5.7 0.4 4.8 5.4 0.6 4.6 4.9 0.3 4.3 4.4 0.1
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Jan 3.0 5.4 2.4 4.8 5.4 0.6 5.5 6.4 0.9 7.5 7.3 -0.2 7.5 7.3 -0.2 5.6 6.6 1.0 5.6 5.6 0.0 5.3 5.6 0.3 5.7 5.3 -0.4
Feb 3.0 5.2 2.2 4.9 5.3 0.4 5.7 6.6 0.9 7.5 7.4 -0.1 7.4 7.1 -0.3 5.6 6.6 1.0 5.6 5.4 -0.2 5.3 5.5 0.2 5.7 5.2 -0.5
Mar 3.1 5.0 1.9 5.0 5.2 0.2 5.9 6.8 0.9 7.5 7.4 -0.1 7.3 7.0 -0.3 5.5 6.5 1.0 5.6 5.4 -0.2 5.4 5.5 0.1 5.6 5.2 -0.4
Apr 3.2 5.2 2.0 5.1 5.4 0.3 6.1 6.7 0.6 7.5 7.4 -0.1 7.1 7.1 0.0 5.5 6.4 0.9 5.6 5.8 0.2 5.4 5.6 0.2 5.4 5.1 -0.3
May 3.4 5.2 1.8 5.1 5.4 0.3 6.3 6.9 0.6 7.5 7.6 0.1 6.9 7.1 0.2 5.5 6.1 0.6 5.6 5.6 0.0 5.4 5.6 0.2 5.3 4.9 -0.4
Jun 3.5 5.3 1.8 5.1 5.2 0.1 6.6 6.9 0.3 7.5 7.8 0.3 6.7 7.0 0.3 5.6 6.1 0.5 5.6 5.6 0.0 5.4 5.3 -0.1 5.1 5.0 -0.1
Jul 3.7 5.2 1.5 5.1 5.5 0.4 6.8 6.8 0.0 7.5 7.7 0.2 6.5 6.9 0.4 5.6 6.1 0.5 5.5 5.7 0.2 5.4 5.5 0.1 5.0 4.9 -0.1
Aug 3.8 5.2 1.4 5.2 5.7 0.5 7.0 6.9 -0.1 7.6 7.6 0.0 6.3 6.8 0.5 5.6 6.0 0.4 5.5 5.7 0.2 5.5 5.1 -0.4 4.8 4.8 0.0
Sep 4.0 5.3 1.3 5.2 5.9 0.7 7.1 6.9 -0.2 7.6 7.6 0.0 6.1 6.7 0.6 5.7 5.9 0.2 5.4 5.6 0.2 5.6 5.2 -0.4 4.6 4.9 0.3
Oct 4.2 5.3 1.1 5.3 5.9 0.6 7.3 7.0 -0.3 7.6 7.3 -0.3 5.9 6.8 0.9 5.6 5.8 0.2 5.3 5.5 0.2 5.7 5.2 -0.5 4.4 4.7 0.3
Nov 4.3 5.4 1.1 5.4 6.2 0.8 7.4 7.0 -0.4 7.6 7.4 -0.2 5.8 6.6 0.8 5.6 5.6 0.0 5.3 5.6 0.3 5.8 5.4 -0.4 4.2 4.6 0.4
Dec 4.5 5.4 0.9 5.4 6.3 0.9 7.5 7.3 -0.2 7.6 7.4 -0.2 5.7 6.5 0.8 5.6 5.5 -0.1 5.3 5.6 0.3 5.8 5.4 -0.4 4.1 4.7 0.6
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Jan 6.6 8.6 2.0 7.2 10.4 3.2 4.8 8.0 3.2 4.8 7.3 2.5 3.9 6.7 2.8 3.6 6.6 3.0 2.8 5.7 2.9
Feb 6.7 8.9 2.2 7.0 10.4 3.4 4.7 7.8 3.1 4.8 7.2 2.4 3.8 7.2 3.4 3.6 6.6 3.0 2.7 5.7 3.0
Mar 6.7 9.0 2.3 6.7 10.3 3.6 4.6 7.8 3.2 4.9 7.2 2.3 3.8 7.2 3.4 3.5 6.6 3.1 2.7 5.7 3.0
Apr 6.8 9.3 2.5 6.4 10.2 3.8 4.5 7.7 3.2 4.9 7.3 2.4 3.8 7.1 3.3 3.4 6.3 2.9 2.8 5.4 2.6
May 6.8 9.4 2.6 6.1 10.1 4.0 4.5 7.4 2.9 4.9 7.2 2.3 3.8 7.2 3.4 3.3 6.3 3.0 2.8 5.6 2.8
Jun 6.8 9.6 2.8 5.8 10.1 4.3 4.4 7.2 2.8 4.8 7.4 2.6 3.8 7.2 3.4 3.2 6.2 3.0 2.9 5.4 2.5
Jul 6.7 9.8 3.1 5.6 9.4 3.8 4.4 7.5 3.1 4.7 7.4 2.7 3.8 7.0 3.2 3.1 6.1 3.0 3.0 5.4 2.4
Aug 6.8 9.8 3.0 5.4 9.5 4.1 4.4 7.5 3.1 4.6 7.1 2.5 3.8 6.9 3.1 3.1 6.0 2.9 3.0 5.6 2.6
Sep 6.9 10.1 3.2 5.3 9.2 3.9 4.5 7.3 2.8 4.5 7.1 2.6 3.8 7.0 3.2 3.1 5.9 2.8 3.0 5.4 2.4
Oct 7.0 10.4 3.4 5.2 8.8 3.6 4.6 7.4 2.8 4.3 7.1 2.8 3.8 7.0 3.2 3.1 6.0 2.9 3.0 5.4 2.4
Nov 7.2 10.8 3.6 5.1 8.5 3.4 4.7 7.2 2.5 4.1 7.0 2.9 3.7 6.9 3.2 3.0 5.8 2.8 3.0 5.3 2.3
Dec 7.2 10.8 3.6 4.9 8.3 3.4 4.7 7.3 2.6 4.0 7.0 3.0 3.7 6.6 2.9 3.0 5.7 2.7 3.0 5.3 2.3
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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 8.6 10.4 8.0 7.3 6.7 6.6 5.7 5.4 5.4 6.4 7.3 7.3 6.6 5.6 5.6 5.3 4.6 4.3 4.0 4.2 5.7 5.8 5.7 5.3 4.7 4.6 5.0 7.8 9.8 9.2 8.3 8.0 6.6 5.7
Feb 8.9 10.4 7.8 7.2 7.2 6.6 5.7 5.2 5.3 6.6 7.4 7.1 6.6 5.4 5.5 5.2 4.6 4.4 4.1 4.2 5.7 5.9 5.6 5.4 4.8 4.5 4.9 8.3 9.8 9.0 8.3 7.7 6.7 5.5
Mar 9.0 10.3 7.8 7.2 7.2 6.6 5.7 5.0 5.2 6.8 7.4 7.0 6.5 5.4 5.5 5.2 4.7 4.2 4.0 4.3 5.7 5.9 5.8 5.2 4.7 4.4 5.1 8.7 9.9 9.0 8.2 7.5 6.6 5.5
Apr 9.3 10.2 7.7 7.3 7.1 6.3 5.4 5.2 5.4 6.7 7.4 7.1 6.4 5.8 5.6 5.1 4.3 4.3 3.8 4.4 5.9 6.0 5.6 5.2 4.7 4.5 5.0 9.0 9.9 9.1 8.2 7.6 6.2 5.4
May 9.4 10.1 7.4 7.2 7.2 6.3 5.6 5.2 5.4 6.9 7.6 7.1 6.1 5.6 5.6 4.9 4.4 4.2 4.0 4.3 5.8 6.1 5.6 5.1 4.6 4.4 5.4 9.4 9.6 9.0 8.2 7.5 6.3
Jun 9.6 10.1 7.2 7.4 7.2 6.2 5.4 5.3 5.2 6.9 7.8 7.0 6.1 5.6 5.3 5.0 4.5 4.3 4.0 4.5 5.8 6.3 5.6 5.0 4.6 4.6 5.6 9.5 9.4 9.1 8.2 7.5 6.1
Jul 9.8 9.4 7.5 7.4 7.0 6.1 5.4 5.2 5.5 6.8 7.7 6.9 6.1 5.7 5.5 4.9 4.5 4.3 4.0 4.6 5.8 6.2 5.5 5.0 4.7 4.7 5.8 9.5 9.4 9.0 8.2 7.3 6.2
Aug 9.8 9.5 7.5 7.1 6.9 6.0 5.6 5.2 5.7 6.9 7.6 6.8 6.0 5.7 5.1 4.8 4.5 4.2 4.1 4.9 5.7 6.1 5.4 4.9 4.7 4.6 6.1 9.6 9.5 9.0 8.0 7.2 6.1
Sep 10.1 9.2 7.3 7.1 7.0 5.9 5.4 5.3 5.9 6.9 7.6 6.7 5.9 5.6 5.2 4.9 4.6 4.2 3.9 5.0 5.7 6.1 5.4 5.0 4.5 4.7 6.1 9.8 9.5 9.0 7.8 7.2 5.9
Oct 10.4 8.8 7.4 7.1 7.0 6.0 5.4 5.3 5.9 7.0 7.3 6.8 5.8 5.5 5.2 4.7 4.5 4.1 3.9 5.3 5.7 6.0 5.5 5.0 4.4 4.7 6.5 10.0 9.4 8.8 7.8 7.2 5.7
Nov 10.8 8.5 7.2 7.0 6.9 5.8 5.3 5.4 6.2 7.0 7.4 6.6 5.6 5.6 5.4 4.6 4.4 4.1 3.9 5.5 5.9 5.8 5.4 5.0 4.5 4.7 6.8 9.9 9.8 8.6 7.7 7.0 5.8
Dec 10.8 8.3 7.3 7.0 6.6 5.7 5.3 5.4 6.3 7.3 7.4 6.5 5.5 5.6 5.4 4.7 4.4 4.0 3.9 5.7 6.0 5.7 5.4 4.9 4.4 5.0 7.3 9.9 9.3 8.5 7.9 6.7 5.6
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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 6.3
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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