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Unemployment
10:35 am
Mon July 29, 2013

More Conn. workers seeking part time, temporary jobs

Joe Carbone, President and CEO of The Workplace

Connecticut residents who are looking for work were no doubt disappointed to learn the unemployment rate rose slightly to 8.1 percent in June. The Department of Labor has reported the state has only recovered 48 percent of lost jobs in the recession. For the unemployed, the under whelming job growth has limited their options. As a result there's been a recent surge in workers seeking part-time and temporary jobs, hoping to break the cycle of unemployment.


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Buy America
6:32 pm
Thu July 25, 2013

Murphy calls for "buying American" in federal transportation spending

U.S. Senator Chris Murphy of Connecticut
Credit WSHU file photo by Craig LeMoult

U.S. Senator Chris Murphy of Connecticut introduced an amendment Thursday in an effort to stop the federal Department of Transportation from buying goods and services overseas.

State of Disparity
6:27 pm
Thu July 25, 2013

State of Disparity: Trying to reach the bottom rung of the economic ladder

Rodney Moore of New Haven Family Alliance speaking with participants in the Project Success Program
Credit Craig LeMoult

As WSHU has been reporting in its "State of Disparity" series, Connecticut has one of the widest gaps between the wealthy and the poor in the country. A report out this week by researchers at Harvard and U.C. Berkeley found the chance that someone in the bottom fifth of the economic ladder in Connecticut could rise to the top fifth is about 8%. For some young low-income people, even the bottom rung of that ladder feels out of reach.

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Transportation
12:27 pm
Thu July 25, 2013

Malloy announces $18 million in funding for microgrids

Connecticut says it's planning the first program in the nation to keep power on in critical buildings during outages. Governor Dannel Malloy announced in Bridgeport on Wednesday that eight towns and cities will be given $18 million to establish microgrids.


Fracking
9:37 am
Wed July 24, 2013

NY moratorium on fracking entering its sixth year

Business and industry groups are expressing dismay that New York is entering its sixth year of a de facto moratorium on hydraulic fracturing or fracking in the state.


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