Connecticut’s Jobless Rate Jumps. Governor Disputes Numbers From His Own Labor Department

Connecticut’s unemployment rate has skyrocketed up four ticks in July to 8.5 percent, placing the rate ahead of the national average of 8.3 percent, but Gov. Dannel P. Malloy is disputing the numbers from his own Connecticut Department of Labor.  The governor, who has spent nearly $200 million in taxpayers’ money under his “First Five” initiative to give to business in return for job creation, issued a statement, essentially saying he does not believe the household survey, taken by the department, that shows people saying they are out of work.

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