The state economy is still reeling as more layoffs have been announced by major corporations – totaling more than 435 workers as Connecticut struggles to boost employment and balance the state budget.
The latest to offer bad economic news is Hartford-based Aetna, which is laying off 80 in the state and 160 company-wide.
The Aetna workers who are being laid off include mostly managers and their assistants who work in a division that handles computer technology and service operations, according to The Hartford Courant’s Matt Sturdevant. The company said the layoffs were being made as the health insurer prepares for the implementation of the federal health reforms known as Obamacare in 2014.
Besides Aetna, equipment-maker Ricoh said Monday that it is laying off 57 workers at its Glastonbury office after integrating with IKON Office Solutions. Some of the work will be shipped to Macon, Georgia.
In addition, Mohegan Sun is laying off more than 300 workers because the sluggish economy has led to lower-than-expected gambling revenues. Continue reading →
A new poll by Public Policy Polling shows that “Dan Malloy continues to be one of the most unpopular governors in the country,” the poll director said.
PPP has been criticized by Republicans as a Democratic poll, but the poll has shown varying results for politicians of all stripes.
The poll in Connecticut showed 32 percent of voters approving of Malloy and 51 percent disapproving, according to Tom Jensen, the poll director.
“Even among Democrats, he has just a 49/34 approval rating,” Jensen said of Malloy on Thursday. “The 2014 race for governor could be very competitive. Right now, Malloy trails a generic Republican opponent by a 42-38 margin.”
Malloy’s senior adviser, Roy Occhiogrosso, said Thursday that his comment would be the same as it has recently been.
“We have tried to be consistent in not saying much about polls because … what’s there to say?” Occhiogrosso asked Thursday. “Polls come and go, numbers go up and down. The governor always does what he thinks is best for the state and the right thing to do.”