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 2021 to 7.2%. The state unemployment rate was 2.0 percentage points higher than the national rate for the month. The unemployment rate in Connecticut peaked in May 2020 at 11.4% and is now 4.2 percentage points lower. You can also see Connecticut unemployment compared to other states.

Unemployment Rate August 2021 Month/Month Year/Year
National 5.2% -0.2 -3.2
Connecticut 7.2% -0.1 -1.2

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

Unemployment Rate: Connecticut, National

Connecticut monthly unemployment rate chart from 1990 to August 2021

Note: Recessions shown in gray

Connecticut Unemployed

The number of people unemployed in Connecticut peaked in May 2020 at 215,410. There are now 85,447 fewer people unemployed in the state. Connecticut job growth data is also available.

Unemployed Persons August 2021 Month/Month Year/Year
Connecticut 129,963 -2,170 -24,205

Number of Unemployed Persons

Monthly chart of total unemployed in Connecticut from 1990 to August 2021

Connecticut Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
Connecticut
Unemployment Rate
Connecticut
Unemployed
September 2021 4.8%
August 2021 5.2% 7.2% 129,963
July 2021 5.4% 7.3% 132,133
June 2021 5.9% 7.7% 139,029
May 2021 5.8% 8.1% 142,782
April 2021 6.1% 8.1% 140,423
March 2021 6.0% 8.3% 143,026
February 2021 6.2% 8.5% 145,588
January 2021 6.3% 8.1% 149,181
December 2020 6.7% 8.2% 152,007
November 2020 6.7% 8.2% 151,751
October 2020 6.9% 8.2% 151,737