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Stratford Unemployment Rate Rebounds from 8-Year High

After the town's unemployment rate ballooned to 10.7 in August, it dropped to 9.3 last month.

After hitting an 8-year high unemployment rate of 10.7 percent in August, the latest figures from the Connecticut Department of Labor show some improvement for the employment picture in Stratford.

The September unemployment rate in Stratford dropped to 9.3 percent, .4 percent higher than the statewide rate of 8.9. It should be noted, though, that about 800 people left the town's workforce from August to September.

Stratford's unemployment rate in July -- when the town had its largest labor force (28,345) of 2012 -- was 10.4 percent. From July to September, the town's labor force decreased by 1148 people.

Compared to neighboring towns, Stratford is lagging. Besides Bridgeport, which had the third-highest unemployment rate in the state at 12.3 percent, Stratford had a higher rate than Milford (7.8), Shelton (7.1) and Trumbull (6.7).

The September unemployment rates for Fairfield and New Haven counties were 7.5 and 9.1 percent, respectively.

Stratford's September Unemployment Figures

Labor Force 27,197 Employed 24,665 Unemployed 2,532 Rate 9.3 percent

 Stratford's Annual Unemployment Rate Average Since 2004

2011 9.4 percent 2010 9.8 2009 9.1 2008 6.0 2007 4.7 2006 4.7 2005 5.2 2004 5.2
Cathy October 24, 2012 at 02:50 PM
I have to say that it's nice to want to believe this, but I have to believe that it probably decreased because the benefits have run out for so many people. Also, these numbers don't include self-employed people (real estate agents, appraisers, contractors, etc.) who haven't been able to work, as they cannot claim unemployment.
max October 24, 2012 at 10:12 PM
Stratford still has high unemployment, and that's with major companies in town and more who are starting in town with tax rebates for bringing "jobs" to Stratford.The actual unemployment rate for Stratford and CT is much higher. You are correct, the numbers don't include those who no longer qualify for unemployment benefits, the self-employed, those who are under employed and those who can't find work.
DeLaro is a Waste October 24, 2012 at 10:40 PM
41 year old 1532 sq ft raised ranch - just over 1 acre = 9800 property tax = WYFacrce? Stratford public service unions sucking the taxpayers dry when Sikorsky leaves turn out the lights bye bye Army tank plant

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