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  State of Connecticut vs. United States Unemployment Rate - 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 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014
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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
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
Month 1999 2000 2001 2002 2003 2004 2005 2006
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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
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
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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