Norwalk Unemployment, Work Force Both Dropped In 2012

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The number of people working in Norwalk decreased in 2012, as did the unemployment rate. Photo Credit: Meredith Shamburger

NORWALK, Conn. – The unemployment rate in Norwalk at the end of 2012 was slightly lower than at the end of the previous year but fewer people were working than a year ago.

At the end of December, 45,107 people of Norwalk’s 48,233-member labor force were working while 3,126 people were unemployed, according to the Connecticut Department of Labor. That equals an unemployment rate of 6.5 percent. At the end of the previous year, the unemployment rate was 6.6 percent. During that year, the work force dropped 1,421, the number of people working dropped 1,265 and the number of unemployed people dropped 156.

"The state's trend of a declining labor force continues for the sixth month in a row and was the primary factor behind the declining unemployment rate in December," said Andy Condon, director of the Office of Research at the Department of Labor.

"With the arrival of the December preliminary jobs report, it is apparent that the rate of job growth slowed considerably in the last half of the year, however, we expect the level of jobs in the state to be revised upward when the benchmark is complete in March," he said

The Norwalk figures reflect a trend in Fairfield County and the rest of the state. Fairfield County’s unemployment rate dropped from 8 percent to 7 percent, while the work force lost 15,490 members. Connecticut’s overall unemployment rate dropped from 8.8 to 7.8, while the work force lost 64,307 members.

Norwalk’s average unemployment rate in 2012 was 7 percent, the lowest it’s been since 2008, when the average unemployment rate was 4.7 percent. In May 2012, the unemployment rate was 6.4 percent, the lowest it had been since December 2008 when it was 5.7 percent. The unemployment rate reached its peak in January 2011, when it was 9.1 percent.

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.jrey:

To The Moderator This Pony Tail steve aka Mrs Nelson poster has filled the whole site with spam today and you seem to be doing nothing about it..This site will soon become just like Topix if you don't stat controlling this trolls. I and many others are just days away from writing of the Daily off as just another site for the trolls.

The Norwalk Truth:

Is there a reason the daily is Allowing ponytail Steve to destroy this site? The troll has filled the page with spam

lwitherspoon:

Wal-Mart Stores Inc. had the worst sales start to a month in seven years as payroll-tax increases hit shoppers already battling a slow economy, according to internal e-mails obtained by Bloomberg News.

Wal-Mart and discounters such as Family Dollar Stores Inc. are bracing for a rise in the payroll tax to take a bigger bite from the paychecks of shoppers already dealing with elevated unemployment. The world’s largest retailer’s struggles come after executives expected a strong start to February because of the Super Bowl, milder weather and paycheck cycles, according to the minutes of a Feb. 1 officers meeting Bloomberg obtained.

Mrs Nelson:

What I have been saying. Obama and team are driving gun sales like CRAZY!
Walmart now has restrictions on ammo:

http://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2013/jan/31/walmart-announces-ammo-restrictions/

I own several guns, but my ammo if limited to 2 boxes. My friends have been buying a lot of ammo "just in case".

Walmart gun sales are through the roof with ZERO discounts right now.

right wing are wackos:

We have asked Tony tell Steve to provide proof of her insane claims. Yet she has provided no proof whatsoever

Niikk:

Wow this ponytail Steve troll has spammed the whole page

Niikk:

Actually Stevie it was a landslide Obama was elected by overwhelming majority of American citizens

The Norwalk Truth:

Seems to me that this ponytail Steve guy is obsessed. Why would that be? Maybe he should concentrate more on getting a job than stalking and trolling the blogs.

Pony Tail Steve:

LMAO!

You are cracking up the entire office today dude!

Keep posting please.

Mr Norwalk CT:

The Republicans can just not get over them fact that Obama won in a landslide.
They also are completely lost now that no one is believing there lies and same old same old rhetoric that they have been using for years.

Pony Tail Steve:

LANDSLIDE?
HA HA HA HA that was great!

right wing are wackos:

Ponytail Steve
your excuse of why President Obama overwhelmingly won the election is about the most ignorant thing I think I have ever read. Please provide verifiable facts to support your insane views. Also please post a link to a non Wacko right wing blog as proof of what you say.
I have provided proof it's called Election Day

Pony Tail Steve:

And its also the truth, ha ha ha
that sucks for you huh buddy?

right wing are wackos:

It seems to me the majority of Americans are very happy with the president's performance.

It's called Election Day

Pony Tail Steve:

or maybe many americans want free hand outs and this president is happy to give them?
Why work when some rich person will give me $$, right?

Pony Tail Steve:

What are the other ones?

Pony Tail Steve:

In January 2007, a newly elected congress in its first official act did force banks to loan money to people whom could not possibly afford a mortgage(including illegals). In addition they did compel these same banks to make these loans at very low interest for exactly 18 months.
At the end of this 18 month grace period (exactly 4 months before the 2008 elections) interest became very high. EXAMPLE; A $1,000 mortgage became a $3,500 mortgage(How to destroy an economy 101). This caused the housing collapse and subsequent domino effect throughout the economy.
I would like to congratulate the DNC (Democratic National Committee) for there efforts to steal an election by destroying a robust economy.
It was perfect folks, just perfect

Jim J:

I think the post about us being better off when Bush was in office was meant to be a joke

right wing are wackos:

Oh yes we were much better off when Bush was in office

Days away from a depression

The collapse of Wall Street

The housing bubble burst

Terrorist attacks

Banks going out of business daily

War started on lies

Daily layoffs from the economy Bush created

Jane D:

This article is misleading...Just because there are less people working in Norwalk, doesn't mean those people are unemployed. If the unemployment rate dropped, then it means those people probably just moved away...

lwitherspoon:

Whether they moved away or simply dropped out of the workforce, the bottom line is that there are fewer gainfully-employed people contributing to the local economy. That is very bad.

Ken P Jr:

Anybody who thinks its any better now that 5 years ago isnt trying to make a living here.

Pony Tail Steve:

OR they are on welfare and do not give a crap what happens!

Pony Tail Steve:

Everyone complains about Bush, but when he was in office we were much better off

lwitherspoon:

We were, but only because of the housing bubble created by deregulation of banks plus government policy to encourage home ownership for everyone, regardless of their creditworthiness. Both parties share the blame for that - they each got what they wanted for their constituencies, and the combined result was a disaster. Bush's tax cuts were nice but he didn't do the hard work of paying for them or for our Iraqi misadventure.

Now the Federal government is doing everything it can to continue postponing the day of reckoning, artificially stimulating the economy with "financial heroin" in the form of monetary easing, low interest rates, and continued deficit spending. Yet growth is still anemic and the workforce has shrunk. One has to wonder where it ends.

Pony Tail Steve:

I remember buying my first condo in the 90's it was really hard to get a mortgage. The second purchase I made was so easy, it was sign and hand a check over for $16k and I owned it in 30 days.

norwalkspends4:

What? You mean raising taxes on job creators doesn't create jobs??

Fewer people working means less revenue generated....yes, year 5 of Obama is here....fewer people working, record high food stamps, record high disability payments, free ObamaPhones, etc.

Why work when you get the stuff for 'Free' ? Why create a job when you're penalized for it?

....and it's only going to get worse.

Mrs Nelson:

Obama's so called "recovery" in full action!!

"With the arrival of the December preliminary jobs report, it is apparent that the rate of job growth slowed considerably in the last half of the year"

AND WILL CONTINUE TO BE SLOW

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