Conn. House Republicans

The incoming Republican leader of the Connecticut House is concerned the state labor department is not doing enough to reduce unemployment taxes for businesses.

By January, Connecticut companies will be paying the highest federal unemployment taxes in the country, said Rep. Themis Klarides of Derby.

Connecticut has not obtained a waiver that would have given the state an extension on repaying federal loans it used to pay unemployment benefits during the recession, she said. That’s why she’s written to the state labor commissioner seeking an explanation.

LI businesses pledge to hire more veterans

Jul 23, 2014

More than  a dozen Long Island businesses have signed a pledge to hire more veterans.  The New York Mets, the utility company National Grid and the medical supply company Henry Schein are some of those business. 

AP Photo/Jessica Hill

Democrats who control the Connecticut legislature would like to see businesses hire the long term unemployed. They say some businesses do not consider unemployed workers for available jobs. A bill that would prohibit such discrimination passed the state House of Representatives on Friday.

The American Association for Retired Persons says it takes those who are unemployed over age 50 about one year on average to find a new job.  That's almost twice as long as someone under 50.