Where Are The Jobs For Young Grads?

by Categorized: Gov. Dannel Malloy, Hartford Date:

Don\’t tell Tom Foley, but here\’s a bit of good news about Connecticut — the Hartford area is one of the better places in the country for young grads to be looking for work. It\’s all Malloy\’s fault, right?

This is from an analysis by futurist Richard Florida, writing for The Atlantic. Mara Lee has more.



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29 thoughts on “Where Are The Jobs For Young Grads?

  1. Connecticut is circling the drain

    Thanks Rick, snark and all.

    I noticed that wash dc metro area is #2. What a shocker. That it isnt #1.

    Now that there is a bit of positive news, there is no tine to waste. Taxes must be raised, Government spending must be increased, more debt must be issued, and regulations must be increased. Get cracking’ liberals.

    1. johngaltwhereru

      I noticed about D.C. too.

      I also noticed that the evil “Right to Work State” of Texas, who, according to Liberals only has high levels of employment due to it’s cruel and inhumane low wages, has a median hourly wage only 58 cents less than the Union heavy and compassionate State of CT.

      Further, when you adjust for cost of living, the approximately $65K salary the $32.45/hour pay in Hartford has the same buying power as $49,046 in Austin.

      This is why liberals rarely use factual data like that found in the chart above. The unintended consequence of reality blowing their fabricated narratives out of the water is just far too great a risk.

  2. Steven Rosenbaum

    Where to begin with Mr. Green’s poor reporting?

    1) The analysis was done by the Kaufmann Foundation, NOT Richard Florida.
    2) Mr. Florida (according to his website) is an “Urban Theorist,” NOT a “Futurist.”
    3) The data goes as far as 2010. According to the Courant’s website, the year is 2013.

    We wish Mr. Green the best of luck in his future endeavors, as news reporting appears to be too difficult.

    1. Brian C. Duffy


      Where do you get Kaufmann Foundation? Did you even click on the link? It’s from EMSI. They compiled the data and Richard Florida used it in his analysis, reporting, editorial, theory, whatever you want to call it. (And you apparently call it whatever you want.)

      The data is current, not just thru 2010. Current or not, do you choose to dispute it? I notice the only Red State on the graph is Texas. ( -NC is Purple -) And Austin is the only “liberal” metro area of Texas…laugh out loud.

      So, please continue to do practice your journalistic critique from inside your glass house.

      1. Johngaltwhereru

        Brave Anonymous Brian,

        Richard Florida is a left wing social justice Urban Theorist. Any study performed by him, along with your analysis are about as unbiased as a study by the Koch Brothers on minimum wage and welfare.

        As far as red state/blue state, this is a study of metro areas. Metro areas are always blue, due to the fact that the Democrat Party keeps blacks and Hispanics as pets, and metro areas are heavily composed of blacks and Hispanics. So extrapolating city data out to the State that city exists in is blatantly dishonest and/or blindly ignorant.

        As far as North Carolina being a purple state, they have voted for a Democrat for President just once since 1980. Obama won in 2008 and they quickly corrected their mistake in 2012. They have a Republican Governor and Republicans control the State Legislature by nearly 2:1 in both houses. By your logic, CT is a purple State because they voted for Reagan.

        1. Mr Bill

          Anonymous John Galt:

          You never cease to amuse me. That is a good one: that the democrats keep blacks and Hispanics for pets. That was genuinely funny.

          Galt, you chase shadows more frequently than a cat chases mice. But you are correct that data can be deceptive . Is Detroit the capital of Michigan? If so, than government employment may be manipulating the data.

          Keep the remarks coming.

      2. Mr Bill

        Also Galt: Brother Brian was just being a little snarky when he pointed out red state blue state. Calm down and take some medical pot. It will help you with your affliction.

  3. Greg

    Age turnover in insurance; 30 year folks leaving the business (and CT) in droves and need to be replaced; same for engineers at places like Pratt. Works out well for the business and engineering grads; liberal arts, humanities, and womyn’s studies, not so much.

      1. Greg

        Never said I was excited about it; merely pointing out the demographics. A full 30% of the employees of a certain large insurance company in Hartford is retirement eligible, thus more entry level jobs open than one would think.

  4. peter

    Your reporting fails to answer one very important question. Do these young grads want to stay in Connecticut? Think it over, ask your own kids. You know the answer, a resounding NO.

    1. Johngaltwhereru

      Ditto Detroit.

      Any study that puts Detroit in the Top 10 of anything but misery has some seriously manipulated data.

      Here are some facts on Detroit:

      The highest violent crime rate of any city with over 200K people.

      Average police response time of 58 minutes, compared to 11 minutes nationally.

      Only 14 of the cities 36 ambulance are in service.

      Approximately 40% of the cities street lights work.

      78,000 vacant structures in a city of 678,000.

      We could go on and on, but if a College graduate voluntarily relocates to Detroit for employment, I would find the education received to be highly suspect.

  5. Kim

    Where are the jobs for young grads? Gee, remember Occupy Wall Street? Would YOU hire anyone like them, Mr. Green? You know, the ones who demand things that they haven’t earned, that they don’t respect, and that they condemn with their every breathe?

  6. Mr Bill

    We seem to always get stuck in the where-are-the-jobs syndrome. Wrong reasoning. don’t look for someone to employ you. Go out and start a business. It’s the only way. Don’t wait for Uncle Sam, Aunti Martha, Cousin Kim or Uncle Albert.

    Go and start a business. Be apart of the business owning pod no matter how large or small.

    It is the only way. I have never been employed full time in my life. never. At this point in my life, I could never take orders from others. I am a self-starter.

    No, we should raise taxes. We should think smart down-sizing – not the kind that ruthlessly throws everyone out on the street.

        1. The Conn-servative

          Imitation’s the greatest form of flattery. At least with my handle,not the actual content,but thanks anyway Billy.

  7. Sharpshooter

    Wonderful…if all of the jobs are filled next week we’ll have approx 164,000 new jobs created for a month that needs 250,000 jobs this month alone to reduce the highly suspect U.S. employment rate

    1. The Conn-servative

      Yup. It’s highly suspect because the advertised number is not the real number.The real number is twice that.

  8. enness

    Too bad the Eternal Construction Nightmare is making it a gigantic p.i.t.a. to go anywhere near Hartford proper.

  9. Disgusted Former Democrat

    This is not reporting this is taking a suspect study from 2010 and projecting it as fact in 2013. Malloy and the über left in Hartford have mortally wounded Connecticut. It may not come back. Our kids are leaving in droves and we project to lose another congressional seat in the house. We are doomed when the free press fails to report the facts as they are and instead support one failing political party.

  10. Business Owner

    My two kids have left the state and when the last one left the job offers were 4 for Boston, 2 for NY and 0 for CT. Five of my friends kids have graduated college and are in AZ, TX, SC, NC and FL. But hey it is always sunny in Hartford.

    1. The Conn-servative

      If your kids could’ve just waited 10 years, they could at least maybe be eligible for one of the two hundred jobs at Jackson Labs. But if they’re not political players with a particular majority party here in CT,chances are next to little they’ll even be eligible to buy a raffle ticket for said jobs.

    2. Connecticut is circling the drain

      Ditto for my kids. They complain about the lack of young people in this state also, no doubt due to the exodus of the younger generation. Then of course most of our cities are so vibrant (not) given the urban wastelands they’ve become. It it weren’t for Yale, New Haven would be a total loss also. I can’t think of the last time I intentionally drove to a city in this state to be entertained.

      But, hey, keep electing Democrats and our liberal utopia is right around the corner.

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