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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: August 18, 2016
The July 2016 unemployment rate for Connecticut was estimated at 5.7% (seasonally adjusted), down one-tenth of a percentage point from June 2016 (5.8%). This is the first outright decline in the state’s unemployment rate since August 2015 when the jobless rate went from 5.4% to 5.3% - eleven months ago. The state’s jobless rate is still three-tenths of percentage point higher than a year ago (5.4%). The US unemployment rate was calculated at 4.9% in July, unchanged from June 2016, but is down four-tenths of a percentage point from the July 2015 rate (5.3%).

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