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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: March 26, 2015
On a seasonally adjusted basis, Connecticut’s unemployment rate was calculated at 6.4% for February 2015.  This is up a tenth of a percentage point from the January 2015 rate of 6.3%, but down six-tenths of a percentage point from the February 2014 figure of 7.0%.  The US unemployment rate was 5.5% in February, down by two-tenths of a percent from January 2015 (5.7%) and lower by one and two-tenths of a percentage point from a year ago (6.7%).    

Based on the Local Area Unemployment Statistics model (a complex statistical model using residential survey data), the number of unemployed, seasonally adjusted, saw an increase of 1,744 (1.5%) over the month to 121,983 in February 2015.  Notwithstanding, the number of unemployed residents has decreased by 9,583 (-7.3%) since February 2014.  In February 2015, Connecticut continued to see civilian labor force growth (5,368, 0.3%), despite the cold, for the seventeenth straight time since September 2013.  Over the year, labor force growth is now 32,203 (1.7%, considered statistically significant, totaling 1,909,839) in the state. by nine-tenths of a percentage point from the January 2014 rate of 6.6%.

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
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
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
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
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
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
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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