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MAP: Unemployment Rose Slightly in CT, Fell Slightly in West Hartford

Economic report shows almost half of jobs lost during the recession have been recovered.

The Connecticut Department of Labor (DOL) released unemployment statistics for December 2013 this week, along with month-over-month data for the entire year.

Most towns saw some decline in the local unemployment rate over 2012, however the state average rose slightly, from 6.9 in 2012 to 7.0 in 2013 (1.9 percent increase).

West Hartford’s unemployment rate declined 5.4 percent year-over-year, with an average of 121 fewer unemployed persons in 2013. (The town also had an average of 118 fewer residents employed and saw the labor force decline by 239 persons.)
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Zoom out on the map above to see unemployment rates for all of Connecticut. Green: unemployment fell; Red: unemployment rose.
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According to the DOL economic report, as of the end of 2013, the state has recovered almost half of the jobs lost during the recession.

“Connecticut has now recovered 59,400 positions, or 49.0 percent of the 121,200 seasonally adjusted total non-farm jobs that were lost in the state in the March 2008 - February 2010 employment recession,” the report states. “Now at 1,651,200 non-farm jobs in December, the state needs to reach the 1,713,000 level to achieve an employment expansion. This will require an additional 61,800 jobs.”

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