January 8, 2016
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Leading the Nation in Job Growth
The U.S. Department of Labor’s Bureau of Labor Statistics reported that over the past 12 months, Connecticut experienced the sixth-largest decline in unemployment of any state in the nation. According to the most recent federal and state data, jobless numbers dropped from 6.3 percent in November 2014 to 5.1 percent in November 2015. That 1.2 percent decrease is among the largest nationwide.
Data released earlier this month shows that Connecticut has recovered all of the private sector jobs that were lost during the 2008 recession, bringing the state’s private sector recovery rate to 101.6 percent. Over the year, Connecticut has added 26,800 nonfarm jobs.
Connecticut a Top-10 Energy Efficient State
An annual ranking from the American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy (ACEEE) rated Connecticut among the Top 10 energy-efficient states in America.
Connecticut was noted for its financial incentives and energy efficiency investments. The state ranked sixth in the 2015 State Energy Efficiency Scorecard, the same position it held in 2014.
Expanding Access to Democracy
According to the online data analysis site TrendCT.org, nearly 40,000 state residents—Democrats, Republicans, unaffiliated voters and minor party members—have used Connecticut’s new online system to register to vote since the legislature passed “An Act Concerning Voting Rights” in 2012. The online registration option took effect in 2014.
TrendCT reports that in 2014, nearly 24,000 Connecticut residents registered to vote using the new system, and another 17,000 used it in 2015; nearly 42 percent of those who registered online in 2014 were between the ages of 18 and 29.
This is yet another example of how my colleagues and I are trying to increase public participation in our democracy.