Patch's Poll: Do You Think CT's Employment Picture Is Improving?

The state’s unemployment rate decreased for the eighth consecutive month to 7.7 percent - do you think things are looking up? Take our poll and add your thoughts in the comments.

Last week, the state Department of Labor’s monthly “Labor Situation” report for March 2012 showed that the state’s unemployment rate decreased for the eighth consecutive month to 7.7 percent – the lowest unemployment rate in three years and half of a percentage point below the national average, according to a press release from the governor's office.

“While I’m certainly pleased that our unemployment rate continues to decline, we still have a long way to go in this growing recovery," Gov. Dannel P. Malloy said in the statement. "The fact remains that if you don’t have a job, the unemployment rate is basically 100 percent.

“State government is working to help improve this situation.  From the Small Business Express Program to the innovative incentives designed to spur new hiring, the policies we’ve enacted are beginning to pay dividends.  But we have a lot more work to do,” Malloy said.

Here is a month-by-month unemployment rate:

Month/Year Unemployment rate January 2011 9.3% February 2011 9.2% March 2011 9.1% April 2011 9.0% May 2011 8.9% June 2011 8.9% July 2011 8.9% August 2011 8.8% Sept. 2011 8.6% October 2011 8.5% Nov. 2011 8.3% Dec. 2011 8.1% January 2012 8.0% February 2012 7.8% March 2012 7.7%

Do you think the employment situation in Connecticut is improving? Take our poll and add your thoughts in the comments.



Rick McDonald April 26, 2012 at 03:03 PM
Last should read "is an opinion and not honest to god fact"
Elizabeth April 26, 2012 at 03:30 PM
Roy what do you accomplish by throwing in the "racist" word? It's meaningless to your post and to the topic at hand. So you're just another one who dismisses people as "racist" because you don't agree with them. Do you have any idea how watered down the racist accusation has become? No one buys it anymore. It has no meaning because it is now just used as insult to someone who doesn't agree with the president's policies. You sound like a child and a fool or an idiot - take your pick. If this president was really supposed to be the first post-racial president he would have stood up from the beginning when these accusations were being thrown around by the mainstream media and others and denounced this tactic. Of course, he didn't. He's perfectly content to let himself be portrayed as the victim because of his race. No one is interested in healing the racial divide because it is not in the best interest of certain groups to promote this. Count yourself as a member of the reason for the problems in this country Roy. Calling people racist just because you think it's a way to shut down all conversation helps nothing! If you don't like to hear opposing points of view in America, there are plenty of other countries you can move to where you would feel right at home in.
Carol D. Fox April 26, 2012 at 07:50 PM
You want truth and facts. Here are truth and facts. I am age 61, laid off of a job after 35 years, found another at $200 a week less five months later. Laid off 15 months later. Unemployment isn't an income you can survive on. I was termed a 99er, but recently the last extension called EB "extended benefits" were cut from 20 weeks to 13 weeks because the unemployment dipped below 8%. Try finding a full time job at age 61. No one wants to hire you and if they offer medical insurance, you can be sure you definitely won't be hired because the premiums are so high. Discrimination against the older folks. Maybe so. I was able to find a part-time job and I am collecting unemployment part-time. No medical insurance and can't afford it. I do not take any hand outs from the State such as insurance, food stamps, etc. My expenses have not gone down, my mortgage is still the same and my taxes are in all probability going up. I have barely been able to keep up with. At this point in my life, I am waiting for my 62nd birthday so I can start collecting social security. At least with social security and a part time job my income will increase. They say unemployment has gone down. I don't believe them. I just think the federal government cannot afford to pay unemployment benefits for the long term unemployed. For those of you who don't know, it is the federal government that pays for some benefits through the State of Connecticut Department of Labor.
Howard Smith April 26, 2012 at 09:27 PM
Hang in there Carol you'll make it. You are right not to believe the UE numbers as they are being manipulated as are the inflation numbers. It's called cooking the books and in the corporate world you go to jail for it. In government service you are promoted for it
Gene Bartholomew May 01, 2012 at 01:07 PM
Carol, many of us myself included are in the same boat. I tried to get he Courant to print the truth and gave them facts to do so but they refuse, relying soly on information given to them by the govt. THAT IS NOT NEWS OR RESEARCH. ugh I pestered a State UE worker about it and this is part of the response, I will never divulge their name because I believe they will simply be fired. they said " You are right, it is bad out there. Truly awful.” Their hands are tied. What I would suggest is that you and anyone we know and/or reading this send an email to the Courant reporter who authored the article about the BS UE% and let them know we exist and that they are wrong. It is Mara Lee -- marlee@courant.com


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