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  State of Connecticut vs. United States Unemployment Rate - State of Connecticut Last Updated: December 18, 2014

Connecticut’s unemployment rate was calculated at 6.5% for November 2014 (seasonally adjusted).  This is one tenth of a percentage point higher than October 2014 rate, but down a full percentage point from the November 2013 unemployment rate of 7.5%.

Based on the household survey, the number of unemployed, seasonally adjusted, posted an increase of 1,106 (0.9%) over the month to 122,637 in November 2014.  On the other hand, the number of unemployed residents has decreased by 16,034 (-11.6%) since November 2013.  Connecticut’s slight uptick in the unemployment rate last month came about with a very large labor force increase (12,501, +0.7%) which is a tangible indication more residents are out looking for work.  Year-to-year labor force growth now measures 50,893 (2.8%).  Connecticut’s civilian labor force has increased 9 of 11 months in 2014 after bottoming out in this recovery in December 2013 at 1,845,784.  The United States unemployment rate was 5.8% in November, unchanged from the October 2014 rate of 5.8%, but lower by one and one-two tenths of a percentage point from the November 2013 rate of 7.0%.

Unemployment Rates for States - Monthly Rankings

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Jan 4.4 4.6 0.2 5.0 5.0 0.0 7.0 7.8 0.8 9.1 9.7 0.6 9.3 9.1 -0.2 8.2 8.2 0.0 8.0 7.9 -0.1 7.2 6.6 -0.6
Feb 4.4 4.5 0.1 5.0 4.9 -0.1 7.4 8.3 0.9 9.2 9.8 0.6 9.2 9.0 -0.2 8.1 8.3 0.2 7.9 7.7 -0.2 7.0 6.7 -0.3
Mar 4.4 4.4 0.0 5.0 5.1 0.1 7.7 8.7 1.0 9.2 9.9 0.7 9.1 9.0 -0.1 8.1 8.2 0.1 7.8 7.5 -0.3 7.0 6.7 -0.3
Apr 4.4 4.5 0.1 5.1 5.0 -0.1 7.9 9.0 1.1 9.2 9.9 0.7 9.0 9.1 0.1 8.2 8.2 0.0 7.8 7.5 -0.3 6.9 6.3 -0.6
May 4.4 4.4 0.0 5.3 5.4 0.1 8.1 9.4 1.3 9.2 9.6 0.4 9.0 9.0 0.0 8.3 8.2 -0.1 7.8 7.5 -0.3 6.9 6.3 -0.6
Jun 4.5 4.6 0.1 5.5 5.6 0.1 8.3 9.5 1.2 9.3 9.4 0.1 9.0 9.1 0.1 8.4 8.2 -0.2 7.9 7.5 -0.4 6.7 6.1 -0.6
Jul 4.5 4.7 0.2 5.7 5.8 0.1 8.4 9.5 1.1 9.3 9.5 0.2 9.0 9.0 0.0 8.5 8.2 -0.3 7.9 7.3 -0.6 6.6 6.2 -0.4
Aug 4.6 4.6 0.0 5.8 6.1 0.3 8.5 9.6 1.1 9.4 9.5 0.1 8.9 9.0 0.1 8.5 8.1 -0.4 7.8 7.2 -0.6 6.6 6.1 -0.5
Sep 4.7 4.7 0.0 6.0 6.1 0.1 8.6 9.8 1.2 9.4 9.5 0.1 8.8 9.0 0.2 8.4 7.8 -0.6 7.7 7.2 -0.5 6.4 5.9 -0.5
Oct 4.8 4.7 -0.1 6.2 6.5 0.3 8.7 10.0 1.3 9.5 9.5 0.0 8.6 8.8 0.2 8.3 7.8 -0.5 7.6 7.2 -0.4 6.4 5.8 -0.6
Nov 4.9 4.7 -0.2 6.4 6.8 0.4 8.9 9.9 1.0 9.5 9.8 0.3 8.5 8.6 0.1 8.2 7.8 -0.4 7.5 7.0 -0.5 6.5 5.8 -0.7
Dec 4.9 5.0 0.1 6.7 7.3 0.6 9.0 9.9 0.9 9.4 9.4 0.0 8.3 8.5 0.2 8.1 7.9 -0.2 7.4 6.7 -0.7
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Jan 2.8 4.3 1.5 2.5 4.0 1.5 2.4 4.2 1.8 3.6 5.7 2.1 5.3 5.8 0.5 5.1 5.7 0.6 4.8 5.3 0.5 4.6 4.7 0.1
Feb 2.7 4.4 1.7 2.4 4.1 1.7 2.6 4.2 1.6 3.7 5.7 2.0 5.4 5.9 0.5 5.1 5.6 0.5 4.9 5.4 0.5 4.4 4.8 0.4
Mar 2.7 4.2 1.5 2.3 4.0 1.7 2.8 4.3 1.5 3.8 5.7 1.9 5.5 5.9 0.4 5.1 5.8 0.7 4.9 5.2 0.3 4.3 4.7 0.4
Apr 2.7 4.3 1.6 2.3 3.8 1.5 2.9 4.4 1.5 4.0 5.9 1.9 5.5 6.0 0.5 5.0 5.6 0.6 4.9 5.2 0.3 4.3 4.7 0.4
May 2.6 4.2 1.6 2.3 4.0 1.7 3.1 4.3 1.2 4.1 5.8 1.7 5.6 6.1 0.5 5.0 5.6 0.6 4.9 5.1 0.2 4.3 4.6 0.3
Jun 2.5 4.3 1.8 2.3 4.0 1.7 3.2 4.5 1.3 4.3 5.8 1.5 5.6 6.3 0.7 5.0 5.6 0.6 4.9 5.0 0.1 4.4 4.6 0.2
Jul 2.5 4.3 1.8 2.2 4.0 1.8 3.3 4.6 1.3 4.4 5.8 1.4 5.6 6.2 0.6 4.9 5.5 0.6 4.9 5.0 0.1 4.5 4.7 0.2
Aug 2.5 4.2 1.7 2.2 4.1 1.9 3.3 4.9 1.6 4.6 5.7 1.1 5.6 6.1 0.5 4.8 5.4 0.6 4.9 4.9 0.0 4.5 4.7 0.2
Sep 2.6 4.2 1.6 2.1 3.9 1.8 3.3 5.0 1.7 4.8 5.7 0.9 5.5 6.1 0.6 4.8 5.4 0.6 4.9 5.0 0.1 4.5 4.5 0.0
Oct 2.6 4.1 1.5 2.1 3.9 1.8 3.4 5.3 1.9 4.9 5.7 0.8 5.4 6.0 0.6 4.8 5.5 0.7 4.9 5.0 0.1 4.5 4.4 -0.1
Nov 2.7 4.1 1.4 2.2 3.9 1.7 3.4 5.5 2.1 5.1 5.9 0.8 5.3 5.8 0.5 4.8 5.4 0.6 4.8 5.0 0.2 4.5 4.5 0.0
Dec 2.6 4.0 1.4 2.3 3.9 1.6 3.5 5.7 2.2 5.2 6.0 0.8 5.2 5.7 0.5 4.8 5.4 0.6 4.7 4.9 0.2 4.4 4.4 0.0
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Jan 5.6 6.4 0.8 7.2 7.3 0.1 7.0 7.3 0.3 5.5 6.6 1.1 5.2 5.6 0.4 5.2 5.6 0.4 5.5 5.3 -0.2 3.8 4.6 0.8
Feb 5.8 6.6 0.8 7.3 7.4 0.1 6.9 7.1 0.2 5.5 6.6 1.1 5.3 5.4 0.1 5.2 5.5 0.3 5.5 5.2 -0.3 3.6 4.6 1.0
Mar 6.0 6.8 0.8 7.4 7.4 0.0 6.8 7.0 0.2 5.5 6.5 1.0 5.3 5.4 0.1 5.3 5.5 0.2 5.4 5.2 -0.2 3.5 4.7 1.2
Apr 6.2 6.7 0.5 7.4 7.4 0.0 6.8 7.1 0.3 5.5 6.4 0.9 5.3 5.8 0.5 5.3 5.6 0.3 5.3 5.1 -0.2 3.4 4.3 0.9
May 6.4 6.9 0.5 7.4 7.6 0.2 6.7 7.1 0.4 5.5 6.1 0.6 5.4 5.6 0.2 5.2 5.6 0.4 5.1 4.9 -0.2 3.4 4.4 1.0
Jun 6.5 6.9 0.4 7.4 7.8 0.4 6.5 7.0 0.5 5.5 6.1 0.6 5.3 5.6 0.3 5.2 5.3 0.1 5.0 5.0 0.0 3.3 4.5 1.2
Jul 6.6 6.8 0.2 7.3 7.7 0.4 6.4 6.9 0.5 5.4 6.1 0.7 5.3 5.7 0.4 5.2 5.5 0.3 4.8 4.9 0.1 3.2 4.5 1.3
Aug 6.6 6.9 0.3 7.3 7.6 0.3 6.2 6.8 0.6 5.4 6.0 0.6 5.2 5.7 0.5 5.3 5.1 -0.2 4.7 4.8 0.1 3.2 4.5 1.3
Sep 6.7 6.9 0.2 7.2 7.6 0.4 5.9 6.7 0.8 5.4 5.9 0.5 5.1 5.6 0.5 5.4 5.2 -0.2 4.5 4.9 0.4 3.1 4.6 1.5
Oct 6.8 7.0 0.2 7.2 7.3 0.1 5.8 6.8 1.0 5.3 5.8 0.5 5.1 5.5 0.4 5.5 5.2 -0.3 4.3 4.7 0.4 3.1 4.5 1.4
Nov 6.9 7.0 0.1 7.1 7.4 0.3 5.6 6.6 1.0 5.3 5.6 0.3 5.1 5.6 0.5 5.5 5.4 -0.1 4.1 4.6 0.5 2.9 4.4 1.5
Dec 7.1 7.3 0.2 7.0 7.4 0.4 5.6 6.5 0.9 5.2 5.5 0.3 5.1 5.6 0.5 5.6 5.4 -0.2 3.9 4.7 0.8 2.8 4.4 1.6
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Jan 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 3.0 5.4 2.4 4.7 5.4 0.7
Feb 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 3.0 5.2 2.2 4.8 5.3 0.5
Mar 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 3.1 5.0 1.9 4.8 5.2 0.4
Apr 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 3.2 5.2 2.0 4.9 5.4 0.5
May 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 3.4 5.2 1.8 4.9 5.4 0.5
Jun 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 3.5 5.3 1.8 4.9 5.2 0.3
Jul 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 3.7 5.2 1.5 4.9 5.5 0.6
Aug 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 3.8 5.2 1.4 4.9 5.7 0.8
Sep 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 4.0 5.3 1.3 4.9 5.9 1.0
Oct 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 4.2 5.3 1.1 5.0 5.9 0.9
Nov 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 4.3 5.4 1.1 5.2 6.2 1.0
Dec 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 4.5 5.4 0.9 5.4 6.3 0.9
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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
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 9.7 9.1 8.2 7.9 6.6
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
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 6.7
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 7.5 6.3
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 9.5 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 8.1 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 9.5 8.8 7.8 7.2 5.8
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 7.8 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 9.4 8.5 7.9 6.7
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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
Jan 6.6 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 6.7 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 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 6.8 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 6.8 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 6.8 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 6.7 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 6.8 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 6.9 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 7.0 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 7.2 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 6.5
Dec 7.2 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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