Southbury Unemployment Rate Peaks in May

Latest job report shows 6.7 percent of town residents are out of work, up from 6.1 percent last month.

The latest Department of Labor statistics show that the unemployment rate in Southbury rose in May to the highest point it has been in 2012.

According to the latest DOL statistics, 6.7 percent, or 624 residents, reported being without a job in Southbury last month. The number rose .6 percent, over 60 residents, from April to May. The labor force also increased by 200 residents from April to May.

Here's the breakdown from the past four months in Southbury:

January February March April May Labor Force 9,082 9,094 9,177 9,151 9,351 Employed 8,476 8,499 8,568 8,593 8,727 Unemployed 606 565 609 558 624 Rate 6.7 6.5 6.6 6.1 6.7

Statewide, the unemployment rate crept from 7.7 percent up to 7.8 percent from April to May.

At this same time last year, the unemployment rate in Connecticut stood at 8.9 percent.

In a statement to the media, Gov. Dannel P. Malloy didn’t directly mention the word “increase” in regard to the unemployment figures. Malloy highlighted how the national unemployment rate is at 8.2 percent, still higher than Connecticut.

“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,” Malloy said. “We saw an example of that increase . 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.”

He went on to highlight the recent U.S. Bureau of Economic Analysis report that Connecticut’s economy was among the .

“So while it’s clear we have a lot more work to do, it’s also clear we’re in the process of turning this thing around,” the governor said.

Concerned citizen June 19, 2012 at 11:44 AM
That's only the ones you know about, there are are many who don't or can't apply for unemployment benefits along with those who are denied.
cheryl June 19, 2012 at 12:11 PM
Very true Concerned. I am sure that I am no longer being counted as unemployed as my emergency benefits were cut off in April because the CT unemployment rate is lower than the national rate. I have an advanced degree, but just may end up asking you if you'd like fries with that.
john mccann June 19, 2012 at 01:10 PM
I am an engineer and have been without a job for 4 yrs. I am now 68 and do not expect anything good. I have been doing little side jobs for 4yrs,but it does not amount to much.
Webster June 19, 2012 at 02:29 PM
The percentage given by the State and the Town is deceiving because it only counts those looking for work/on benefits etc. The REAL percentage statewide is closer to 14%. However, the politicians spin the numbers to be more news friendly because if they espoused the REAL unemployment rate statewide, they would be voted out of office for their "business-unfriendly" positions and their failure to create jobs for state residents that are are unemployed.


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