August 20, 2015/Economy, News, Press Releases

4,100 new jobs + 5.4% unemployment rate = ZERO Republican reaction

This morning, the Connecticut Department of Labor announced that 4,100 new jobs were created in July, reducing the unemployment rate to 5.4%.

  • Our unemployment rate is now statistically on par with the national average.
  • It is Connecticut’s lowest unemployment rate since May 2008.
  • The number of new unemployment claims is at its lowest level in 15 years.
  • The state has now recovered 97% of jobs lost during the Bush recession.

The economic news is unquestionably good, so we would have expected statements from all of our statewide leaders recognizing the progress that is being made in Connecticut.

But yet again, Connecticut Republicans refused to join the Governor, Lt. Governor and the Democratic Leaders in the House and Senate in recognizing the underlying fact that today’s numbers prove: Connecticut is moving in the right direction.

Neither the Connecticut Republican Party nor any GOP elected officials had anything to say about the July jobs report. Nothing. Zip. They continued their long track record of rooting against the economic success of the state – trumpeting negative news while remaining silent on (or questioning the validity of) positive stories.
“With the pace of economic growth continuing to pick up, maybe Republicans should think about adopting a new political strategy. Clearly Connecticut’s economy is strong and getting stronger, no matter how hard the GOP roots for failure.” – Connecticut Democratic Party spokesman Leigh Appleby