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Ridgefield Unemployment Numbers Rise in May

After experiencing the lowest unemployment rate in years, jobless numbers in Ridgefield rose in May.

Recovery from the recession that saw more than 100,000 jobs disappear from Connecticut continues to be slow – both locally and throughout the state.

In the May unemployment figures tracked by the Connecticut Department of Labor, Ridgefield's unemployed rose by 79 people to 5.2 percent. In April the rate was 4.7 percent.

In Connecticut, the unemployment rate rose a tenth of a percent to 7.8 percent. Approximately 1,400 jobs were added in May. According to state figures, Connecticut recovered 34,900, or 29.7 percent, of the 117,500 total nonfarm jobs lost in the recession lasting March 2008 - February 2010.

“Given the fact that more people are trying to enter the work force because they’re more optimistic they can actually find a job, the change in the unemployment rate is not a surprise,” Gov. Dannel P. Malloy said in a statement.  “As I’ve said all along, changing an economy that failed to grow jobs in a meaningful way for a generation won’t happen overnight.  But I am committed to seeing this through.”

Ridgefield Jobs Data

Jan. Feb. March April May

Labor Force

11,818 11,835 11,921 11,866 12,122 Employed People 11,160 11,190 11,281 11,313 11,490 Unemployed People 658 645 640 553 632 Unemployment Rate (in percent) 5.6 5.4 5.4 4.7 5.2


Noreen Clancy June 19, 2012 at 10:02 PM
Lies, Lies and more Lies to get re-elected. Wake up America!!
Tom Falconieri June 20, 2012 at 10:26 AM
Also the self employed are not counted in the unemployment numbers !!!
Tom Falconieri June 20, 2012 at 10:30 AM
Just a thought. The state wanted this type of government and they GOT IT. Next time before voting look at the NUMBERS then VOTE. Malloy is pandering to unions as all dems do. All he has dun is make government JOBS and raised taxes and panders to unions PERIOD!!!
sebastian dangerfield June 20, 2012 at 01:49 PM
90 people didnt gain and then lose jobs. In each month jobs have been, net added. Look only at the employed people. The rise in the labor force --which coincides with college graduation---is responsible for the greater unemployment %. Not because of Ny state unemployment--and not because of manipulating numbers.
Angela J Bagnara April 25, 2013 at 06:34 PM
Seems odd that your brother Rob Kneip collected Ny unemployment for 4 years while he worked under his company name NYCOM Technologies.. Where is your brother because he is evading his Child support order for his son. CT and NY are after him, he owes $64K. Please contact Child Support in Stamford Superior Courthouse with his name. Ask for Ms. Gatnert or Mr. Hocter. He is a deadbeat dad. But you did warn me.

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