Department of Numbers

Connecticut Unemployment

According to the BLS current population survey (CPS), the unemployment rate for Connecticut rose 0.1 percentage points in December 2015 to 5.2%. The state unemployment rate was 0.2 percentage points higher than the national rate for the month. The unemployment rate in Connecticut peaked in October 2010 at 9.2% and is now 4.0 percentage points lower. From a post peak low of 5.1% in October 2015, the unemployment rate has now grown by 0.1 percentage points. You can also see Connecticut unemployment compared to other states.

Unemployment Rate December 2015 Month/Month Year/Year
National 5.0% 0.0 -0.6
Connecticut 5.2% +0.1 -1.1

Note: All comparisons are made with December data as January state level unemployment data has not yet been released.

Unemployment Rate: Connecticut, National

Connecticut monthly unemployment rate chart from 1990 to December 2015

Note: Recessions shown in gray

Connecticut Unemployed

The number of people unemployed in Connecticut peaked in December 2010 at 177,173. There are now 78,124 fewer people unemployed in the state. From a recent trough of 96,414 in November 2015, the number of unemployed has now grown by 2,635. Connecticut job growth data is also available.

Unemployed Persons December 2015 Month/Month Year/Year
Connecticut 99,049 +2,635 -20,812

Number of Unemployed Persons

Monthly chart of total unemployed in Connecticut from 1990 to December 2015

Connecticut Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
Connecticut
Unemployment Rate
Connecticut
Unemployed
January 2016 4.9%
December 2015 5.0% 5.2% 99,049
November 2015 5.0% 5.1% 96,414
October 2015 5.0% 5.1% 96,910
September 2015 5.1% 5.2% 98,571
August 2015 5.1% 5.3% 100,065
July 2015 5.3% 5.4% 103,725
June 2015 5.3% 5.7% 108,918
May 2015 5.5% 6.0% 115,079
April 2015 5.4% 6.2% 120,006
March 2015 5.5% 6.4% 121,875
February 2015 5.5% 6.4% 121,852