Department of Numbers

Connecticut Unemployment

According to the BLS current population survey (CPS), the unemployment rate for Connecticut fell 0.1 percentage points in August 2016 to 5.6%. The state unemployment rate was 0.7 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 3.6 percentage points lower. From a post peak low of 5.3% in August 2015, the unemployment rate has now grown by 0.3 percentage points. You can also see Connecticut unemployment compared to other states.

Unemployment Rate August 2016 Month/Month Year/Year
National 4.9% 0.0 -0.2
Connecticut 5.6% -0.1 +0.3

Unemployment Rate: Connecticut, National

Connecticut monthly unemployment rate chart from 1990 to August 2016

Note: Recessions shown in gray

Connecticut Unemployed

The number of people unemployed in Connecticut peaked in December 2010 at 177,173. There are now 71,038 fewer people unemployed in the state. From a recent trough of 100,516 in September 2015, the number of unemployed has now grown by 5,619. Connecticut job growth data is also available.

Unemployed Persons August 2016 Month/Month Year/Year
Connecticut 106,135 -2,378 +5,501

Number of Unemployed Persons

Monthly chart of total unemployed in Connecticut from 1990 to August 2016

Connecticut Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
Connecticut
Unemployment Rate
Connecticut
Unemployed
August 2016 4.9% 5.6% 106,135
July 2016 4.9% 5.7% 108,513
June 2016 4.9% 5.8% 110,500
May 2016 4.7% 5.7% 108,261
April 2016 5.0% 5.7% 109,390
March 2016 5.0% 5.7% 107,516
February 2016 4.9% 5.5% 104,511
January 2016 4.9% 5.5% 103,758
December 2015 5.0% 5.4% 102,080
November 2015 5.0% 5.4% 101,394
October 2015 5.0% 5.4% 100,836
September 2015 5.1% 5.3% 100,516