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  Unemployment Rate / Residents Unemployed - State of Connecticut Last Updated: June 18, 2020
The May 2020 official unemployment official unemployment rate for Connecticut was estimated by the BLS Local Area Unemployment Statistics program (LAUS) to be 9.4% (seasonally adjusted). The US jobless rate in May 2020 was 13.3%, down 1.4 points from April.

The Connecticut unemployment rate appears severely underestimated due to challenges encountered in the collection of data for the May Current Population Survey (CPS) which is the foundation of the statistical model used to determine all states' unemployment rates. In addition to a poor response rate in an already small sample size in Connecticut, key questions continue to be misinterpreted and misclassified. Specifically, a significant number of respondents who should have been classified as temporarily out of work and therefore unemployed were, instead classified as employed, but away from work (e.g. sick).

The Office of Research estimates the unemployment rate to be in the range of 19% for the Mid-May period (same time frame as the BLS estimate). This estimate was made using Connecticut residential unemployment insurance claims and adding similar factor for the unemployed self-employed.

Unemployment Rates for States - Monthly Rankings

Month 2002 Y/Y 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
Jan 3.4 5.3 5.2 4.9 4.5 4.3 4.9 6.9 9.0 9.2 8.2 8.2 7.2 6.1 5.5 4.9 4.5 3.8 3.7
Feb 3.5 5.4 5.2 4.9 4.4 4.3 5.0 7.1 9.0 9.2 8.2 8.1 7.0 6.0 5.5 4.9 4.5 3.8 3.8
Mar 3.7 5.4 5.1 5.0 4.4 4.3 5.1 7.3 9.1 9.2 8.3 8.1 6.9 5.9 5.4 4.9 4.4 3.7 3.4
Apr 3.8 5.4 5.1 5.0 4.3 4.3 5.2 7.5 9.1 9.1 8.3 8.0 6.8 5.8 5.3 4.8 4.3 3.7 8.3
May 4.0 5.5 5.0 5.0 4.3 4.3 5.3 7.7 9.1 9.0 8.4 7.9 6.7 5.7 5.3 4.7 4.2 3.7 9.4
Jun 4.2 5.5 5.0 5.0 4.3 4.3 5.5 7.9 9.1 8.9 8.5 7.9 6.6 5.7 5.2 4.7 4.2 3.7
Jul 4.4 5.5 4.9 4.9 4.3 4.4 5.7 8.1 9.1 8.8 8.5 7.8 6.5 5.6 5.1 4.6 4.1 3.7
Aug 4.6 5.5 4.8 4.9 4.3 4.5 5.9 8.2 9.1 8.7 8.5 7.8 6.5 5.6 5.0 4.5 4.0 3.7
Sep 4.8 5.4 4.8 4.8 4.3 4.6 6.1 8.4 9.2 8.6 8.4 7.7 6.4 5.6 5.0 4.5 4.0 3.7
Oct 5.0 5.4 4.8 4.8 4.3 4.7 6.3 8.5 9.2 8.5 8.4 7.5 6.3 5.6 4.9 4.5 3.9 3.8
Nov 5.1 5.3 4.8 4.7 4.3 4.8 6.4 8.7 9.3 8.4 8.3 7.4 6.3 5.6 4.9 4.5 3.9 3.8
Dec 5.2 5.3 4.8 4.6 4.3 4.9 6.6 8.8 9.3 8.3 8.2 7.3 6.2 5.6 4.9 4.5 3.9 3.8
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 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 2017 2018 2019 2020
Jan 4.9 3.9 3.8 2.9 3.1 4.8 5.5 7.5 7.6 5.7 5.6 5.3 5.7 4.0 3.0 2.8 2.6 3.4 5.3 5.2 4.9 4.5 4.3 4.9 6.9 9.0 9.2 8.2 8.2 7.2 6.1 5.5 4.9 4.5 3.8 3.7
Feb 4.9 3.9 3.7 2.9 3.1 4.9 5.7 7.5 7.5 5.6 5.6 5.3 5.7 3.8 3.0 2.7 2.8 3.5 5.4 5.2 4.9 4.4 4.3 5.0 7.1 9.0 9.2 8.2 8.1 7.0 6.0 5.5 4.9 4.5 3.8 3.8
Mar 5.0 3.9 3.6 2.8 3.2 5.0 5.8 7.5 7.3 5.6 5.6 5.4 5.6 3.7 2.9 2.6 2.9 3.7 5.4 5.1 5.0 4.4 4.3 5.1 7.3 9.1 9.2 8.3 8.1 6.9 5.9 5.4 4.9 4.4 3.7 3.4
Apr 5.0 3.9 3.5 2.8 3.3 5.0 6.0 7.5 7.1 5.6 5.6 5.4 5.4 3.6 2.9 2.5 3.1 3.8 5.4 5.1 5.0 4.3 4.3 5.2 7.5 9.1 9.1 8.3 8.0 6.8 5.8 5.3 4.8 4.3 3.7 8.3
May 5.0 3.9 3.4 2.9 3.5 5.1 6.3 7.5 6.9 5.6 5.6 5.4 5.3 3.5 2.9 2.4 3.1 4.0 5.5 5.0 5.0 4.3 4.3 5.3 7.7 9.1 9.0 8.4 7.9 6.7 5.7 5.3 4.7 4.2 3.7 9.4
Jun 5.0 3.9 3.3 3.0 3.6 5.1 6.5 7.5 6.7 5.6 5.6 5.4 5.2 3.4 2.8 2.3 3.2 4.2 5.5 5.0 5.0 4.3 4.3 5.5 7.9 9.1 8.9 8.5 7.9 6.6 5.7 5.2 4.7 4.2 3.7
Jul 4.9 3.8 3.2 3.0 3.8 5.1 6.7 7.5 6.5 5.6 5.5 5.4 5.0 3.4 2.8 2.3 3.2 4.4 5.5 4.9 4.9 4.3 4.4 5.7 8.1 9.1 8.8 8.5 7.8 6.5 5.6 5.1 4.6 4.1 3.7
Aug 4.7 3.8 3.2 3.1 3.9 5.2 6.9 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 8.2 9.1 8.7 8.5 7.8 6.5 5.6 5.0 4.5 4.0 3.7
Sep 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 3.3 2.8 2.2 3.3 4.8 5.4 4.8 4.8 4.3 4.6 6.1 8.4 9.2 8.6 8.4 7.7 6.4 5.6 5.0 4.5 4.0 3.7
Oct 4.4 3.7 3.2 3.1 4.3 5.3 7.2 7.6 6.0 5.6 5.3 5.7 4.4 3.2 2.8 2.2 3.3 5.0 5.4 4.8 4.8 4.3 4.7 6.3 8.5 9.2 8.5 8.4 7.5 6.3 5.6 4.9 4.5 3.9 3.8
Nov 4.2 3.8 3.1 3.0 4.5 5.4 7.3 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 6.4 8.7 9.3 8.4 8.3 7.4 6.3 5.6 4.9 4.5 3.9 3.8
Dec 4.0 3.8 3.0 3.0 4.6 5.4 7.4 7.6 5.7 5.6 5.3 5.8 4.1 3.0 2.9 2.4 3.3 5.2 5.3 4.8 4.6 4.3 4.9 6.6 8.8 9.3 8.3 8.2 7.3 6.2 5.6 4.9 4.5 3.9 3.8
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Month 2003 2004 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016 2017 2018 2019 2020
Jan 95.2 92.6 86.6 81.6 79.0 92.5 129.6 169.9 177.7 156.9 152.2 134.0 115.8 103.1 91.8 85.4 72.6 72.2
Feb 96.1 91.6 87.8 80.1 79.1 93.8 134.0 171.5 177.0 156.6 151.0 131.8 114.0 102.2 91.9 84.4 71.6 72.6
Mar 96.7 90.8 88.9 79.1 79.3 95.3 138.4 172.5 175.8 157.0 149.9 129.8 112.1 101.2 91.8 83.1 70.6 65.6
Apr 97.1 90.1 89.5 78.7 79.5 97.4 142.6 173.0 174.3 158.0 148.9 127.9 110.3 100.4 91.3 81.7 69.9 147.3
May 97.4 89.2 89.7 78.7 79.9 100.3 146.3 173.2 172.5 159.2 147.9 126.1 108.6 99.6 90.5 80.4 69.6 166.3
Jun 97.6 88.2 89.4 79.0 80.6 103.7 149.7 173.5 170.5 160.2 147.0 124.6 107.0 98.8 89.5 79.0 69.8
Jul 97.6 87.1 88.8 79.4 81.7 107.5 152.8 174.0 168.4 160.4 146.0 123.4 105.8 97.6 88.6 77.6 70.6
Aug 97.3 86.0 88.0 79.6 83.2 111.3 155.8 174.8 166.2 159.9 144.6 122.6 105.1 96.2 88.0 76.5 71.4
Sep 96.7 85.1 87.0 79.7 85.1 114.9 158.8 175.8 163.9 158.7 142.9 121.7 104.8 94.7 87.5 75.5 72.1
Oct 95.8 84.8 85.8 79.6 87.2 118.3 161.9 176.9 161.6 157.3 140.8 120.7 104.7 93.3 87.2 74.8 72.5
Nov 94.7 84.9 84.5 79.4 89.2 121.8 164.9 177.7 159.5 155.5 138.8 119.3 104.5 92.3 86.8 74.2 72.4
Dec 93.6 85.5 83.1 79.2 91.0 125.5 167.6 177.9 157.9 153.8 136.7 117.7 103.9 91.8 86.3 73.5 72.3
Month 1985 1986 1987 1988 1989 1990 1991 1992 1993 1994 1995 1996 1997 1998 1999 2000 2001 2002
Jan 82.5 67.9 65.7 51.4 54.0 86.0 101.0 137.6 137.3 100.0 97.7 91.8 100.9 68.9 52.0 49.4 45.9 59.5
Feb 84.2 67.5 64.9 49.9 55.2 88.5 103.6 137.9 135.3 98.8 97.5 92.3 99.6 66.7 51.7 47.6 49.0 61.7
Mar 85.4 67.7 63.4 49.0 56.9 90.3 107.1 137.9 132.4 98.0 97.4 92.7 97.7 64.5 51.5 45.6 51.7 64.6
Apr 86.0 68.1 61.4 49.3 58.8 91.6 111.2 137.9 128.9 97.6 97.3 93.0 95.5 62.6 51.1 43.8 53.7 68.0
May 85.9 68.2 59.3 50.4 61.1 92.4 115.5 137.9 125.2 97.6 97.0 93.2 93.2 61.0 50.3 42.4 55.3 71.5
Jun 85.1 67.8 57.5 51.8 63.8 93.1 119.9 137.8 121.3 97.9 96.5 93.6 90.6 59.7 49.5 41.1 56.3 75.2
Jul 83.6 66.9 56.4 52.9 66.9 93.8 124.1 137.8 117.3 98.4 95.5 94.6 87.6 58.6 48.9 39.9 57.0 78.9
Aug 81.3 66.1 55.8 53.6 70.1 94.6 127.8 138.1 113.4 98.9 94.3 96.1 84.3 57.7 48.9 39.0 57.4 82.5
Sep 78.2 65.6 55.6 53.7 73.4 95.6 130.9 138.5 109.5 99.1 93.2 97.9 80.8 56.7 49.3 38.6 57.5 85.9
Oct 74.8 65.5 55.2 53.5 76.6 96.9 133.4 138.9 106.2 99.0 92.3 99.7 77.3 55.4 50.1 39.0 57.5 89.1
Nov 71.6 65.7 54.4 53.3 79.8 98.1 135.4 138.9 103.6 98.5 91.8 101.0 74.2 54.0 50.6 40.5 57.5 91.8
Dec 69.2 65.9 53.1 53.4 83.0 99.3 136.9 138.5 101.5 98.0 91.6 101.4 71.4 52.8 50.5 42.9 58.1 93.9
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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
 Jan 95,200 92,600 86,600 81,600 79,000 92,500 129,600 169,900 177,700 156,900 152,200 134,000 115,800 103,100 91,800 85,400 72,600 72,200
 Feb 96,100 91,600 87,800 80,100 79,100 93,800 134,000 171,500 177,000 156,600 151,000 131,800 114,000 102,200 91,900 84,400 71,600 72,600
 Mar 96,700 90,800 88,900 79,100 79,300 95,300 138,400 172,500 175,800 157,000 149,900 129,800 112,100 101,200 91,800 83,100 70,600 65,600
 Apr 97,100 90,100 89,500 78,700 79,500 97,400 142,600 173,000 174,300 158,000 148,900 127,900 110,300 100,400 91,300 81,700 69,900 147,300
 May 97,400 89,200 89,700 78,700 79,900 100,300 146,300 173,200 172,500 159,200 147,900 126,100 108,600 99,600 90,500 80,400 69,600 166,300
 Jun 97,600 88,200 89,400 79,000 80,600 103,700 149,700 173,500 170,500 160,200 147,000 124,600 107,000 98,800 89,500 79,000 69,800
 Jul 97,600 87,100 88,800 79,400 81,700 107,500 152,800 174,000 168,400 160,400 146,000 123,400 105,800 97,600 88,600 77,600 70,600
 Aug 97,300 86,000 88,000 79,600 83,200 111,300 155,800 174,800 166,200 159,900 144,600 122,600 105,100 96,200 88,000 76,500 71,400
 Sep 96,700 85,100 87,000 79,700 85,100 114,900 158,800 175,800 163,900 158,700 142,900 121,700 104,800 94,700 87,500 75,500 72,100
 Oct 95,800 84,800 85,800 79,600 87,200 118,300 161,900 176,900 161,600 157,300 140,800 120,700 104,700 93,300 87,200 74,800 72,500
 Nov 94,700 84,900 84,500 79,400 89,200 121,800 164,900 177,700 159,500 155,500 138,800 119,300 104,500 92,300 86,800 74,200 72,400
 Dec 93,600 85,500 83,100 79,200 91,000 125,500 167,600 177,900 157,900 153,800 136,700 117,700 103,900 91,800 86,300 73,500 72,300
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