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  State of Connecticut vs. United States Unemployment Rate - State of Connecticut Last Updated: October 20, 2014

Connecticut’s unemployment rate was estimated at 6.4% for September 2014 (seasonally adjusted).  This is down two-tenths of a percentage point from August 2014 (6.6%), and down one and three-tenths of a percentage point from the September 2013 unemployment rate of 7.7%.  The unemployment rate in Connecticut has not been this low since November of 2008.

Based on the household survey, the number of unemployed, seasonally adjusted, exhibited a sizable decrease of 3,577 (-2.9%) over the month to 119,842 in September 2014.  This is the lowest level of unemployed residents in the state since the employment recovery began in February 2010.  The number of unemployed residents has decreased by 23,682 (-16.5%, considered statistically significant) since September 2013.  The United States unemployment rate was 5.9% in September, down two-tenths of a percentage point from the August 2014 rate (6.1%), and lower by one and one-three tenths of a percentage point from the September 2013 rate when it was estimated at 7.2%.

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
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
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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
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
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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