Department of Numbers

Connecticut Unemployment

According to the BLS current population survey (CPS), the unemployment rate for Connecticut rose 0.4 percentage points in February 2021 to 8.5%. The state unemployment rate was 2.3 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 2.9 percentage points lower. From a post peak low of 8.1% in January 2021, the unemployment rate has now grown by 0.4 percentage points. You can also see Connecticut unemployment compared to other states.

Unemployment Rate February 2021 Month/Month Year/Year
National 6.2% -0.1 +2.7
Connecticut 8.5% +0.4 +4.8

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

Unemployment Rate: Connecticut, National

Connecticut monthly unemployment rate chart from 1990 to February 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 69,273 fewer people unemployed in the state. Connecticut job growth data is also available.

Unemployed Persons February 2021 Month/Month Year/Year
Connecticut 146,137 -3,044 +74,362

Number of Unemployed Persons

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

Connecticut Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
Connecticut
Unemployment Rate
Connecticut
Unemployed
March 2021 6.0%
February 2021 6.2% 8.5% 146,137
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
September 2020 7.8% 8.3% 152,627
August 2020 8.4% 8.4% 154,168
July 2020 10.2% 11.3% 213,886
June 2020 11.1% 11.4% 215,183
May 2020 13.3% 11.4% 215,410
April 2020 14.8% 8.6% 156,868