Connecticut and New York will lag behind western states in job growth in 2014. That’s according to a report by the Pew Center for Charitable Trusts published today. Connecticut does fare the best overall of the New England states, however.
The Connecticut Labor Department says the state’s unemployment rate in August remained unchanged from July at 8.1 percent. The report shows a loss of 6,000 jobs, but the Labor Department says that's because of a miscalculation last month in their seasonal adjustment of the labor numbers. Long Island’s private sector lost 600 jobs in August compared to July. But the New York Department of Labor says that’s an improvement in the long-term. Over the prior 10 Augusts, the losses averaged 3,000.
Connecticut’s Department of Labor held its first job fair of the fall hiring season Friday in Danbury. During the summer the the state’s unemployment rate remained high compared to the rest of the country, at just over eight percent.
In a report released Wednesday, Connecticut economists say the state’s economy is gaining momentum. Steven Lanza, editor of "The Connecticut Economy" says how and why the economy moves is more complicated than politicians might suggest on the campaign trail.
Job growth in Connecticut was essentially flat in June. That's according to the latest unemployment numbers released by the state labor department. The state's unemployment rate edged up slightly from 8 percent in May to 8.1 percent.