Deep Dive: Connecticut has 5th highest unemployment rate in the nation, but job hires up

Connecticut has the fifth highest unemployment rate in the nation, but more people are getting hired.

News 12 Staff

Feb 18, 2022, 12:09 PM

Updated 882 days ago

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Connecticut has the fifth highest unemployment rate in the nation, but more people are getting hired.  
Caleb Silver from Investopedia took a look at the numbers for unemployment in Connecticut.
Statewide, Silver says Connecticut still has the fifth highest unemployment rate in the nation at 5.8% with the national average around 4%.
But some big Connecticut counties have seen some good hiring, and the unemployment numbers are going down.
In New Haven, unemployment is down to 4.7%, Hartford is seeing 4.6% unemployment, Fairfield County 4.3%, and Litchfield 3.9% under the national average.
Silver says job hiring is up in leisure and hospitality where the steepest job losses have been over the past two years, but it's also where the job gains have recently been the most aggressive.
Silver says hiring has picked up about 13.5% in leisure and hospitality at places like bars and restaurants.
He says hiring has also picked up in non-durables and construction work.


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