UPDATE: 2016 Still CT’s Worst for Job Growth Since 2008March 10, 2017
The state of Connecticut lost 200 jobs in 2016. How this compares to prior years, and to other states in the union.
The Connecticut Department of Labor (DOL) reported on Friday that Connecticut lost 200 jobs from January 2016 through December 2016.
This is worse than 2015’s growth of 8,600 jobs, and 2014’s growth of 20,000 jobs. In terms of absolute job growth, it’s Connecticut’s worst year since 2008, when the state lost 66,100 jobs during the recession.
Compare this to other states in the union, via Kiplinger:
- The #1 state for job growth in 2016 was Idaho, which added 23,580 jobs (3.5 percent job growth)
- The #2 state for job growth in 2016 was Arizona, which added 84,380 jobs (3.2 percent job growth)
By comparison, Connecticut’s 200 lost jobs seem dismal.
Gov. Dan Malloy (D-Conn.) infamously said in 2016 that Connecticut faces a “new economic reality.” Is this what he was talking about?
NOTE: This post was updated to reflect revised December-to-December numbers, rather than January-to-January numbers.
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