FAIRFIELD COUNTY, Conn. – Connecticut’s unemployment rate increased slightly in November to 6.5 percent, according to the Connecticut Department of Labor .
The rise, from 6.4 percent in October, is still a full percentage point lower than the November 2013 unemployment rate of 7.5 percent. The report also shows Connecticut added 4,600 jobs in November.
For November, the Bridgeport-Stamford-Norwalk Labor Market Areas added 2,300 jobs while the Danbury LMA added 200 jobs.
“Connecticut’s recent string of healthier employment gains looks to be attracting many more jobseekers into the state’s labor market in the lead up to the holiday season. Holiday hiring appears to be above average,” said Andy Condon, director of the Office of Research. “We are also starting to observe some much improved estimates of private sector wage growth that may be encouraging labor force participation as well.”
Connecticut has now recovered 78.3 percent of the seasonally adjusted total nonfarm jobs that were lost in the state during the recession from March 2008 to February 2010.
"This report is another positive sign that we are making progress in our effort to create good-paying jobs with good benefits for residents,” said Gov. Dannel Malloy. “Labor force participation is up. We are seeing growth in nearly every sector of the economy. And the private sector in particular has almost completely recovered the jobs lost during the recession. While these are positive signs, it is critical that we work to make the changes that lead to even greater positive growth.
"I won’t be satisfied until everyone who wants a job has one. And during the upcoming session of the state legislature, I am hopeful that we can do more to work together and reinvent Connecticut in order to create jobs for the 21st-century economy.”
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