Connecticut’s job growth numbers and unemployment figures for September will be released later today. August’s numbers were dramatically worse than they had been in July, with unemployment climbing from 8.5 percent to 9 percent. That was far worse than the national unemployment rate in August, which was 8.1 percent. National numbers for September have already been released by the Bureau of Labor Statistics. The nation’s unemployment rate has fallen to 7.8 percent.
This report will also restate August numbers, which may not have been as dramatic as initially estimated. The jobs numbers are determined by reports on hiring and firing from a sample of businesses. The August jobs report said the state ended the month with 6,800 fewer jobs than at the beginning of the month.
The unemployment numbers are determined by a national telephone survey, in which people are asked if they’re working. If the answer is yes, they say whether it’s full or part-time, and if it’s part-time, whether they would rather be working full-time. If the answer is no, the Census taker asks if the person is retired, taking care for a relative, a student, has looked for work in the last month, or would like to be working but has given up looking for work.