Self-employment in Connecticut

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Governor Dannel P. Malloy frequently notes that when he became governor, there had been no net job growth in Connecticut in 22 years.

It’s more complicated than that, because between 1990 and 2012, there were several times the state added tens of thousands of jobs, but then employers cut them again.

It took eight years to get there, but the state had more jobs than it did in January 1990 from July 1998 through March 2003.  And from April 2004 through March 2009, the state was also above the January 1990 tally, when there were 1,644,200 jobs in Connecticut. (In December 2012, there were just 1,623,400 jobs).

The peaks were in July 2000, at 1,702,600, October 2007, at 1,703,100, and March 2008, at 1,712,200.

So over 18 years, there was 4 percent job growth at Connecticut employers. But measured from peak to peak, 2000 to 2008, there was so little growth it could be just statistical noise.

Still, even these highs and lows don’t capture the full story of work in Connecticut, because independent contractors, freelancers and other self-employed people aren’t counted in those numbers.

Given the wealth in the state, and, before the Great Recession, its quite low unemployment rate, were self-employed people choosing to live in the state for its quality of life rather than its robust job market?

A report released Thursday suggests that’s probably not the answer.

That’s because the number of self-employed people nationwide has been declining steadily since 2004.  Plus, the share of workers in Connecticut who are self-employed are not dramatically higher than the nation as a whole.

For the incorporated self-employed — those who tend to be more educated, higher-paid, and more likely to be working full-time in the business — our percentages match the national average. In 2011, the most recent data available, 3.4 percent of all workers were in this kind of business.

For the non-incorporated self-employed — which includes people with side jobs as Avon ladies and web designers as well as many construction workers — Connecticut’s share was 6.8 percent, and the national share was 6.2 percent.

Maine, Montana and Vermont all had far more self-employed than Connecticut.


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5 thoughts on “Self-employment in Connecticut

  1. sue

    And what kind of jobs were created – a lot of minimum wage jobs with no benes but hey that is ok. A job is a job is a job. And DANNY BOY Mr. Boy Wonder – the ONE REASON there has been NO job growth is TAXES. Prior to 1991, the state had NO PERSONAL INCOME TAX and since then it has been downhill. CEOs once moved their Corporations to CT from NYC to escape the outrageous personal income taxes in NY. No more DANNY BOY. The only companies that now move to CT are the ones you bribe and once the bribe is over they move i.e. UBS. And oh remember those jobs UBS promised to keep in CT. They are ALL low paid jobs. The traders who make the millions have all been moved back to NYC.

  2. Rob

    Not to worry Sue. Our genius of a governor gave another fat bribe to the world’s largest hedge fund to build their new Stamford HQ. That will replace those UBS jobs that will end up back in Manhattan. We’d better start looking for the next big Corporate Welfare recipient to fill the big soon to be empty UBS complex

  3. peter

    Connecticut has become an over regulated, over taxed state where doing business is like going to North Korea for a vacation. They’ve bloated state government, and taken the role of being an adversary rather than a partner to businesses. This is an expensive place to do business in, expensive to live in, and now a one party may way or the highway black shirt government state.

  4. dannel malloy

    Stuttering Dan is the latest in a long line of really bad governors in Connecticut. Anyone remember Bill Oneil?
    He was washing dishes in a bar when they found him and ran him for governor. They were able to double state spending during his watch. This opened the door to Lowell P. Weicker Jr. and the state income tax. It’s been downhill ever since and shows no signs of improving.

  5. alan

    most of the jobs in the 80s when we were booming were in regulated industries like telephone, banking, insurance, rail, and defense. I put in many computer systems and there was literally no controls at all, if you were in the family, if you were a good softball player, if you were a Hibernian or Ital American club person, someone gave you a job. Nobody knew if they were making money, nobody knew if the work was productive. Until PC’s came along, and outsourcing to india(internet) work was a joke. Now only in govt or public ed is there no accountability which is why a fire exam can fill a huge gym

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