Thumbs up to Gov. Ned Lamont signaling a potential end to the mask mandate in schools. We’re not there yet, but Lamont said it’s possible the mandate could be lifted as more children are vaccinated. With plans underway to vaccinate students between ages 5 and 11, the burden could fall on parents to get the numbers up by approving the shots. Lamont’s office added that a vaccine mandate for students is “nowhere near the horizon.”
Thumbs up to a continuing economic recovery in Connecticut, even as the numbers show we still have a long way to go. The state added 4,700 jobs in September as the unemployment rate fell from 7.2 percent in August to 6.8 percent. Connecticut remains 86,000 jobs short of its levels at the outset of the coronavirus pandemic in March 2020, though numbers have gone up in nine straight months. There’s no shortage of open jobs, business leaders say, but the labor shortage is acute, and holding back the local economy. It’s a problem that will need to be solved before a real recovery can take hold.