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  Unemployment Rate / Residents Unemployed - State of Connecticut Last Updated: October 21, 2021
The September 2021 unemployment rate for Connecticut was estimated by the BLS Local Area Unemployment Statistics program (LAUS) to be 6.8% (seasonally adjusted), down by 0.4 percentage point from the August 2021 level of 7.2%. The Connecticut unemployment rate was 8.3% in September 2020. The U.S. jobless rate in September 2021 was 4.8%, down four-tenths of a percentage point from the August 2021 rate of 5.2% and below the 7.8% year-ago U.S. unemployment rate.

Data users must be cautious about trying to compare or reconcile UI claims data with the official unemployment figures derived from the household survey.

For additional insight into the Connecticut labor market during the COVID-19 pandemic please see the analysis linked here: https://www1.ctdol.state.ct.us/lmi/claimsdata.asp. Please note that there are conceptual, coverage, and scope differences between the two data sources.

Unemployment Rates for States - Monthly Rankings

Month 2003 Y/Y 2004 Y/Y 2005 Y/Y 2006 Y/Y 2007 Y/Y 2008 Y/Y 2009 Y/Y 2010 Y/Y 2011 Y/Y 2012 Y/Y 2013 Y/Y 2014 Y/Y 2015 Y/Y 2016 Y/Y 2017 Y/Y 2018 Y/Y 2019 Y/Y 2020 Y/Y 2021 Y/Y
Jan 5.2 5.3 4.9 4.6 4.3 4.8 7.1 9.5 9.4 8.4 8.3 7.2 6.0 5.2 4.6 4.2 3.7 3.7 8.1
Feb 5.3 5.3 4.9 4.5 4.3 4.9 7.4 9.6 9.4 8.3 8.3 7.1 5.9 5.2 4.5 4.2 3.7 3.7 8.5
Mar 5.4 5.2 4.9 4.5 4.3 5.0 7.7 9.7 9.3 8.3 8.2 6.9 5.8 5.1 4.5 4.1 3.6 3.8 8.3
Apr 5.5 5.2 4.9 4.4 4.3 5.1 7.9 9.6 9.2 8.4 8.2 6.8 5.8 5.0 4.5 4.0 3.6 8.6 8.1
May 5.5 5.2 4.8 4.4 4.3 5.3 8.1 9.6 9.2 8.4 8.1 6.7 5.7 4.9 4.4 4.0 3.5 11.4 8.1
Jun 5.6 5.1 4.8 4.4 4.4 5.5 8.3 9.5 9.1 8.4 8.1 6.6 5.6 4.9 4.4 3.9 3.5 11.4 7.7
Jul 5.6 5.1 4.8 4.4 4.4 5.7 8.4 9.5 9.0 8.4 8.0 6.6 5.6 4.8 4.4 3.8 3.5 11.3 7.3
Aug 5.6 5.0 4.8 4.4 4.5 5.9 8.6 9.5 9.0 8.4 7.9 6.5 5.5 4.7 4.4 3.8 3.6 8.4 7.2
Sep 5.5 5.0 4.8 4.4 4.6 6.0 8.8 9.5 8.8 8.4 7.8 6.4 5.4 4.7 4.3 3.8 3.6 8.3 6.8
Oct 5.5 4.9 4.7 4.4 4.6 6.3 9.0 9.6 8.7 8.3 7.6 6.3 5.4 4.7 4.3 3.8 3.6 8.2
Nov 5.4 4.9 4.7 4.4 4.7 6.5 9.2 9.6 8.6 8.3 7.5 6.2 5.4 4.6 4.3 3.7 3.6 8.2
Dec 5.3 4.9 4.6 4.3 4.7 6.8 9.4 9.5 8.5 8.3 7.4 6.1 5.3 4.6 4.3 3.7 3.6 8.2
NOTE:  The unemployment rate represents the number unemployed as a percent of the civilian labor force. The unemployed are all persons who did not work, but were available for work during the survey week (except for temporary illness) and made specific efforts to find a job in the prior week. Persons waiting to be recalled to a job from which they had been laid off need not be looking for work to be classified.
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Month 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 2017 2018 2019 2020 2021
Jan 3.9 3.5 2.8 3.0 4.3 5.9 7.2 7.1 5.8 5.3 5.2 5.2 3.8 2.7 2.2 2.3 3.6 5.2 5.3 4.9 4.6 4.3 4.8 7.1 9.5 9.4 8.4 8.3 7.2 6.0 5.2 4.6 4.2 3.7 3.7 8.1
Feb 3.9 3.5 2.8 3.1 4.4 6.0 7.3 7.1 5.7 5.3 5.2 5.2 3.7 2.6 2.2 2.4 3.8 5.3 5.3 4.9 4.5 4.3 4.9 7.4 9.6 9.4 8.3 8.3 7.1 5.9 5.2 4.5 4.2 3.7 3.7 8.5
Mar 3.9 3.4 2.8 3.2 4.5 6.2 7.3 6.9 5.7 5.3 5.2 5.1 3.6 2.6 2.1 2.5 3.9 5.4 5.2 4.9 4.5 4.3 5.0 7.7 9.7 9.3 8.3 8.2 6.9 5.8 5.1 4.5 4.1 3.6 3.8 8.3
Apr 3.9 3.3 2.8 3.3 4.6 6.3 7.4 6.8 5.6 5.3 5.2 5.0 3.5 2.5 2.1 2.6 4.1 5.5 5.2 4.9 4.4 4.3 5.1 7.9 9.6 9.2 8.4 8.2 6.8 5.8 5.0 4.5 4.0 3.6 8.6 8.1
May 3.8 3.2 2.8 3.4 4.7 6.4 7.4 6.7 5.6 5.4 5.2 4.9 3.4 2.5 2.1 2.7 4.2 5.5 5.2 4.8 4.4 4.3 5.3 8.1 9.6 9.2 8.4 8.1 6.7 5.7 4.9 4.4 4.0 3.5 11.4 8.1
Jun 3.8 3.1 2.8 3.5 4.8 6.6 7.4 6.6 5.5 5.4 5.2 4.8 3.2 2.5 2.1 2.8 4.3 5.6 5.1 4.8 4.4 4.4 5.5 8.3 9.5 9.1 8.4 8.1 6.6 5.6 4.9 4.4 3.9 3.5 11.4 7.7
Jul 3.7 3.0 2.9 3.7 4.9 6.7 7.4 6.4 5.5 5.4 5.2 4.7 3.2 2.4 2.0 2.9 4.5 5.6 5.1 4.8 4.4 4.4 5.7 8.4 9.5 9.0 8.4 8.0 6.6 5.6 4.8 4.4 3.8 3.5 11.3 7.3
Aug 3.7 3.0 2.9 3.8 5.1 6.7 7.4 6.3 5.5 5.3 5.2 4.5 3.1 2.4 2.0 3.0 4.6 5.6 5.0 4.8 4.4 4.5 5.9 8.6 9.5 9.0 8.4 7.9 6.5 5.5 4.7 4.4 3.8 3.6 8.4 7.2
Sep 3.7 2.9 2.9 3.9 5.2 6.8 7.4 6.1 5.5 5.3 5.2 4.4 3.0 2.4 2.1 3.1 4.8 5.5 5.0 4.8 4.4 4.6 6.0 8.8 9.5 8.8 8.4 7.8 6.4 5.4 4.7 4.3 3.8 3.6 8.3 6.8
Oct 3.6 2.9 3.0 4.0 5.4 6.9 7.3 6.0 5.4 5.3 5.2 4.3 2.9 2.3 2.1 3.3 4.9 5.5 4.9 4.7 4.4 4.6 6.3 9.0 9.6 8.7 8.3 7.6 6.3 5.4 4.7 4.3 3.8 3.6 8.2
Nov 3.6 2.9 3.0 4.1 5.6 7.0 7.3 5.9 5.4 5.2 5.2 4.1 2.8 2.3 2.1 3.4 5.0 5.4 4.9 4.7 4.4 4.7 6.5 9.2 9.6 8.6 8.3 7.5 6.2 5.4 4.6 4.3 3.7 3.6 8.2
Dec 3.6 2.9 3.0 4.2 5.7 7.1 7.2 5.9 5.3 5.2 5.2 4.0 2.7 2.3 2.2 3.5 5.1 5.3 4.9 4.6 4.3 4.7 6.8 9.4 9.5 8.5 8.3 7.4 6.1 5.3 4.6 4.3 3.7 3.6 8.2
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Month 2004 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016 2017 2018 2019 2020 2021
Jan 94.5 87.5 83.0 79.8 89.8 133.8 180.0 181.1 160.2 154.7 135.4 113.3 98.9 87.3 79.7 71.1 70.3 149.2
Feb 93.6 87.7 82.0 79.8 91.3 139.5 182.3 179.4 159.0 154.1 132.9 111.9 97.5 86.7 78.8 70.1 71.8 145.6
Mar 93.0 87.6 81.2 79.9 93.3 144.6 183.6 177.6 158.7 153.3 130.6 110.7 96.0 86.1 77.7 69.1 73.4 143.0
Apr 92.3 87.3 80.9 80.1 96.1 149.0 184.0 176.1 159.0 152.3 128.7 109.4 94.5 85.4 76.4 68.0 156.9 140.4
May 91.5 86.7 80.8 80.5 99.5 152.8 183.5 175.0 159.3 151.4 127.0 108.0 93.2 84.6 75.2 67.3 215.4 142.8
Jun 90.6 86.2 80.8 81.2 103.2 156.3 182.7 174.1 159.3 150.6 125.5 106.5 92.0 83.9 74.1 67.1 215.2 139.0
Jul 89.7 85.9 80.7 82.1 106.8 159.6 182.3 173.0 158.7 149.7 124.1 105.0 90.9 83.4 73.1 67.5 213.9 132.1
Aug 88.8 85.8 80.6 83.4 110.3 162.9 182.6 171.4 157.8 148.2 122.8 103.7 89.8 83.0 72.3 68.2 154.2 129.9
Sep 88.0 85.7 80.5 84.7 113.8 166.3 183.2 169.3 157.0 145.8 121.5 102.7 89.0 82.5 71.9 68.6 152.6 123.4
Oct 87.5 85.4 80.4 86.1 117.9 169.7 183.7 166.8 156.3 143.0 119.7 101.8 88.6 81.9 71.7 68.8 151.7
Nov 87.2 84.8 80.2 87.4 122.7 173.2 183.6 164.3 155.7 140.4 117.5 101.0 88.1 81.3 71.7 68.9 151.8
Dec 87.3 84.0 80.0 88.5 128.2 176.8 182.6 162.0 155.2 137.9 115.2 100.1 87.7 80.6 71.5 69.4 152.0
Month 1986 1987 1988 1989 1990 1991 1992 1993 1994 1995 1996 1997 1998 1999 2000 2001 2002 2003
Jan 67.7 61.7 49.5 53.6 78.2 106.7 131.7 128.9 103.0 92.5 90.8 91.8 66.9 46.4 39.1 40.9 64.0 93.5
Feb 67.2 60.7 48.9 54.6 80.2 109.7 132.6 127.2 101.7 92.2 90.9 90.8 64.6 45.4 38.4 42.7 66.4 95.0
Mar 67.0 59.5 48.6 55.9 82.0 112.7 133.3 125.1 100.3 92.3 91.0 89.2 62.4 44.7 37.6 44.4 69.0 96.4
Apr 66.8 58.0 48.7 57.6 83.8 115.4 133.9 122.8 99.0 92.7 91.0 87.5 60.2 44.2 37.1 45.9 71.7 97.6
May 66.4 56.3 49.0 59.7 85.7 117.8 134.3 120.3 97.8 93.1 90.8 85.8 58.3 43.6 36.6 47.3 74.4 98.7
Jun 65.9 54.7 49.5 62.0 87.7 119.9 134.5 117.9 97.0 93.2 90.5 84.0 56.5 43.0 36.2 48.8 77.1 99.6
Jul 65.1 53.3 50.1 64.5 90.0 121.7 134.5 115.4 96.5 93.0 90.2 82.1 55.0 42.5 36.0 50.5 79.7 99.9
Aug 64.4 52.3 50.7 67.0 92.6 123.4 134.2 112.7 96.4 92.5 90.3 79.9 53.5 41.9 35.9 52.5 82.3 99.7
Sep 63.7 51.5 51.3 69.4 95.3 125.1 133.6 110.1 96.1 91.9 90.7 77.3 52.2 41.4 36.1 54.7 84.9 98.9
Oct 63.2 51.0 51.9 71.7 98.3 126.9 132.7 107.7 95.4 91.5 91.4 74.6 50.6 41.0 36.6 57.0 87.5 97.7
Nov 62.8 50.5 52.3 73.8 101.2 128.8 131.6 105.7 94.3 91.1 92.0 72.0 49.1 40.5 37.6 59.3 89.8 96.6
Dec 62.3 50.0 52.9 76.0 103.9 130.5 130.4 104.3 93.2 90.8 92.3 69.4 47.6 39.8 39.1 61.6 91.8 95.5
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Month 2004 Y/Y 2005 Y/Y 2006 Y/Y 2007 Y/Y 2008 Y/Y 2009 Y/Y 2010 Y/Y 2011 Y/Y 2012 Y/Y 2013 Y/Y 2014 Y/Y 2015 Y/Y 2016 Y/Y 2017 Y/Y 2018 Y/Y 2019 Y/Y 2020 Y/Y 2021 Y/Y
 Jan 94,500 87,500 83,000 79,800 89,800 133,800 180,000 181,100 160,200 154,700 135,400 113,300 98,900 87,300 79,700 71,100 70,300 149,200
 Feb 93,600 87,700 82,000 79,800 91,300 139,500 182,300 179,400 159,000 154,100 132,900 111,900 97,500 86,700 78,800 70,100 71,800 145,600
 Mar 93,000 87,600 81,200 79,900 93,300 144,600 183,600 177,600 158,700 153,300 130,600 110,700 96,000 86,100 77,700 69,100 73,400 143,000
 Apr 92,300 87,300 80,900 80,100 96,100 149,000 184,000 176,100 159,000 152,300 128,700 109,400 94,500 85,400 76,400 68,000 156,900 140,400
 May 91,500 86,700 80,800 80,500 99,500 152,800 183,500 175,000 159,300 151,400 127,000 108,000 93,200 84,600 75,200 67,300 215,400 142,800
 Jun 90,600 86,200 80,800 81,200 103,200 156,300 182,700 174,100 159,300 150,600 125,500 106,500 92,000 83,900 74,100 67,100 215,200 139,000
 Jul 89,700 85,900 80,700 82,100 106,800 159,600 182,300 173,000 158,700 149,700 124,100 105,000 90,900 83,400 73,100 67,500 213,900 132,100
 Aug 88,800 85,800 80,600 83,400 110,300 162,900 182,600 171,400 157,800 148,200 122,800 103,700 89,800 83,000 72,300 68,200 154,200 129,900
 Sep 88,000 85,700 80,500 84,700 113,800 166,300 183,200 169,300 157,000 145,800 121,500 102,700 89,000 82,500 71,900 68,600 152,600 123,400
 Oct 87,500 85,400 80,400 86,100 117,900 169,700 183,700 166,800 156,300 143,000 119,700 101,800 88,600 81,900 71,700 68,800 151,700
 Nov 87,200 84,800 80,200 87,400 122,700 173,200 183,600 164,300 155,700 140,400 117,500 101,000 88,100 81,300 71,700 68,900 151,800
 Dec 87,300 84,000 80,000 88,500 128,200 176,800 182,600 162,000 155,200 137,900 115,200 100,100 87,700 80,600 71,500 69,400 152,000
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