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Despite Elevated Unemployment Rate, Connecticut Job Openings Outnumber Jobless

  • Approximately 52,000 people in Connecticut were filing for unemployment at the end of September
  • The jobs site Indeed shows about 80,000 jobs postings in Connecticut
  • The trend mirrors a national one where the number of available jobs exceeds the number of unemployed, with several factors contributing to difficulties in filling open positions

Summary by Dirk Langeveld

At a national level, the number of open job postings has been exceeding the number of people receiving unemployment benefits. An analysis of job postings and recent data from the Connecticut Department of Labor indicates that this trend is occurring in Connecticut as well.

About 52,000 people in Connecticut were filing for unemployment benefits at the end of September. Meanwhile, the number of Connecticut-based positions on the jobs site Indeed totaled about 80,000.

  • About 24,500 Connecticut residents came off the unemployment rolls in the week after Sept. 4, likely a result of the end of federal supplemental benefits and the return of seasonal workers such as school bus drivers to the payroll
  • Connecticut’s unemployment rate has lingered above the national rate during the economic recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic, standing at 7.2 percent in August – two points above the national rate
  • Connecticut added 3,300 jobs in August, largely in leisure and hospitality and in professional and business services
  • Several factors are likely contributing to the disconnect between open jobs and the number of unemployed, including skills gaps, a mismatch between where jobs are available and where unemployed residents live, child care necessities, and dissatisfaction with the pay, benefits, or working environments at available jobs

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