During our campaign we ran on a “commitment to opportunity.” A commitment to provide an opportunity for more jobs in our state and a commitment to provide more opportunity for our children.
Last month, Connecticut’s unemployment rate dropped from 8.9% to 8.6%. A drop to most people would be a good thing — it signals we are heading in the right direction. However, when you take apart the numbers, you see a very different picture. The decline in the rate wasn’t caused by more people finding work, or by a large number of people leaving the workplace; the biggest cause for the drop came from people giving up looking for work. In December alone, the Connecticut Department of Labor reported that the state lost an additional 1,800 jobs, bringing last year’s total job loss to 45,000 jobs — the largest decline in the labor force since they began keeping track of the numbers.