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Republicans, Dems Blame Each Other For Unemployment Numbers

by Hugh McQuaid | Sep 20, 2012 3:00pm
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House Minority Leader Larry Cafero, Malloy Senior Adviser Roy Occhiogrosso

Employment data compiled by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics said Connecticut’s unemployment rate was at 9 percent for the month of August, up from 8.5 percent in July. That’s the largest monthly increase in the rate since 1976, when current methodology was established.

The report indicating Connecticut lost 6,800 non-farming jobs between July and August has state officials scratching their heads trying to square the figure with other data like unemployment claims.

In a press release, Labor Department Research Director Andy Condon said, “to date we can find no corroborating evidence that the record losses in employment and increases in unemployment, indicated by the household survey, are occurring at this magnitude.”

According to the report, Connecticut’s jobless rate was higher than the national average of 8.1 percent in the month of August.

The report cites steep losses in the private sector, which it said lost 6,300 jobs. Many of those jobs were in the leisure and hospitality supersector which lost 3,100 jobs.

Gov. Dannel P. Malloy released a statement questioning the accuracy of the numbers. The state has not seen a rise in the number of people seeking unemployment benefits for the first time, he said. The number actually dropped slightly from July when it was 4,602 to August when it was 4,779. Malloy said tax withholdings rose 3.6 percent after adjustment.

“Those two trends are the opposite of what you would expect to see if the state was losing jobs at the rate suggested in this report,” Malloy said.

Still, the governor said he was well aware the state faces strong headwinds both nationally and internationally.

“We’ve also recently learned that the recession was far worse than we thought and had a far deeper impact than we understood at the time. And I’ve said time and again that we’re not going to reverse 22 years of job stagnation in 20 months,” he said.

House Republican leader Lawrence Cafero issued a statement calling Malloy’s response to the report an effort to spin the numbers. The administration never looks for “corroborating evidence” when the news is good, Cafero said.

“If Gov. Malloy is going to take credit for success then he must also admit when he has not succeeded. And this is that time,’’ Cafero said.

Cafero told reporters he hoped voters were paying attention to the negative employment trend, something he said stemmed from bad policies resulting from years of Democrats controlling the legislature.

“Give us a shot. Vote Republican,” he said, standing outside the state Capitol.

Roy Occhiogrosso, Malloy’s senior communication adviser, said Republicans controlled the governor’s office for the last 16 years.

“During which time we grew exactly zero jobs. So for 16 years there was no discernable economic development strategy in this state. After 16 years of driving the car into the ditch, now he’s blaming the guy dragging the car out of the ditch?” Occhiogrosso said.

Occhiogrosso said the alternative budget proposed by Republicans last year would have made unemployment numbers worse.

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posted by: GoatBoyPHD | September 20, 2012  3:34pm

GoatBoyPHD

If we consider February 2011 as Dan Malloy’s first full month as Governor we’ve added 3,000 non-farm jobs since then according to the
BLS.

That’s 158 jobs a month. CT is off 87,000 jobs from the March 2008 high. How long to recover at 158 jobs a month?  Something like 55 years?

Seriously. How can residents not be depressed?

http://tinyurl.com/dx44coc

So.  Do we need that $300 million in federal ‘Race to the Top’ funding? Do we need methods of lowering education and medical costs in CT while improving outcomes? Cost Cutting? State Layoffs? A radical revisit of state pension plans like Jerry Brown in CA?

The Moonbeam got it. Illinois is getting it. Even Corrupt Chicago.

Will CT get it? Do taxpayers work for the government employee unions? Is it true we are their wage slaves?

posted by: Matt W. | September 20, 2012  4:00pm

Matt W.

Hey Roy look at it this way; now we’ve got a Dem Gov who’s jobs plan consists of paying for jobs. So with 6,800 jobs lost, it will only cost us about $6.8 Billion ($100k per job) to replace them.  Based on your plan that should just about get us back to the unacceptable national level.  Better check that suggestion box!

posted by: stellathecat | September 20, 2012  4:21pm

it appears a number of businesses are thriving while they continue to cut their work force. House Republicans want to cut the state jobs along with cutting taxes on those who are doing better than they ever have,in the belief that supply-side economics works.Thats not a jobs plan!

posted by: Noteworthy | September 20, 2012  5:33pm

Malloy never believes bad numbers or news and neither does Oh No Ocho. From the deficit to the state’s own employment numbers; to the lack of accountability on the savings Malloy was claiming to this latest lack of employment data. The fact is the jobs are drying up and blowing away despite massive giveaways to the richest corporations in Connecticut. There are fewer people in the work force; higher unemployment and more suffering. Malloy and his administration should accept it and do something about it. No excuses.