Counties with the highest unemployment in Connecticut

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July 8, 2024
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Counties with the highest unemployment in Connecticut

Despite a relatively low unemployment rate, the fear of job losses remains amid ongoing economic uncertainty.

Stacker compiled a list of counties with the highest unemployment rates in Connecticut using Bureau of Labor Statistics data. Counties are ranked by their preliminary unemployment rate in May 2024, with initial ties broken by the number of unemployed people within that county, though some ties may remain. County-level unemployment rates are not seasonally adjusted.

Economists forecast a waning risk of recession and predict that the U.S. may instead be headed for an incremental slowdown in growth known as a "soft landing." Still, layoffs among major U.S. employers like Amazon to Tesla have sparked concern among Americans. What's more, unemployment has spiked in nearly half the country's states, which often indicates a looming recession, a chief global economist at Piper Sandler told Business Insider. And with sky-high prices after a period of record inflation, savings and unemployment payments may not cover basic expenses for jobless Americans for long.

For comparison, the Great Recession of 2007-09 sent unemployment rates up to 10% as of October 2009, and a full recovery took years. At the height of the COVID-19 recession in April 2020, unemployment hit 14.7%.

Still, as of June 2024, the national unemployment rate remains relatively low at 4.1%, with little change from the previous month. Regional and state employment range widely depending on local economies. Seasonally adjusted unemployment rates by state vary, ranging from just 2% in the Dakotas to 5.3% in Washington D.C.

Read on to see the counties with the highest unemployment in Connecticut.

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#8. Middlesex County

- May unemployment rate (preliminary): 3.5%
--- 1-month change: Up 0.5 percentage points
--- 1-year change: Up 0.5 percentage points
- Total labor force: 94,701 people (3,307 unemployed)

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#7. Litchfield County

- May unemployment rate (preliminary): 3.5%
--- 1-month change: Up 0.5 percentage points
--- 1-year change: Up 0.4 percentage points
- Total labor force: 105,133 people (3,700 unemployed)

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#6. Tolland County

- May unemployment rate (preliminary): 3.6%
--- 1-month change: Up 0.9 percentage points
--- 1-year change: Up 0.5 percentage points
- Total labor force: 86,897 people (3,153 unemployed)

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#5. New London County

- May unemployment rate (preliminary): 3.9%
--- 1-month change: Up 0.4 percentage points
--- 1-year change: Up 0.5 percentage points
- Total labor force: 134,969 people (5,274 unemployed)

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#4. Windham County

- May unemployment rate (preliminary): 4.1%
--- 1-month change: Up 0.9 percentage points
--- 1-year change: Up 0.5 percentage points
- Total labor force: 63,591 people (2,617 unemployed)

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#3. Hartford County

- May unemployment rate (preliminary): 4.1%
--- 1-month change: Up 0.3 percentage points
--- 1-year change: Up 0.7 percentage points
- Total labor force: 480,545 people (19,916 unemployed)

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#2. Fairfield County

- May unemployment rate (preliminary): 4.2%
--- 1-month change: Up 0.7 percentage points
--- 1-year change: Up 0.6 percentage points
- Total labor force: 488,200 people (20,728 unemployed)

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#1. New Haven County

- May unemployment rate (preliminary): 4.3%
--- 1-month change: Up 0.6 percentage points
--- 1-year change: Up 0.7 percentage points
- Total labor force: 471,863 people (20,351 unemployed)

This story features data reporting by Paxtyn Merten and is part of a series utilizing data automation across 50 states.

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