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State Senator Paul Doyle: Your Voice

December 22, 2016

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Legislative Office Building
Room 3900
Hartford, CT 06106-1591

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State Unemployment Rate Drops to 4.7 Percent

Connecticut's unemployment rate for November fell four-tenths of a point to 4.7 percent, which is now seven-tenths of a point lower than it was a year ago, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. The U.S. unemployment rate was just a tenth of a percentage point lower, at 4.6 percent

jobs groupTrade, transportation, and utilities led all of Connecticut's economic supersectors in seasonally adjusted job growth last month with 1,600 additional jobs, while leisure & hospitality was next, adding 1,100 positions. Education & health services grew by 700, and the information supersector gained 400 jobs. On the down side, the construction and mining supersector lost 1,800 jobs while financial activities and manufacturing were off several hundred each.

We still have a way to go, but Connecticut's private sector has now recovered 86.7 percent of the 111,700 private-sector jobs that were lost during the Great Recession, which was largely fueled by the high-risk mortgages that were re-sold by lending institutions to private-sector financiers as private-sector investment products.

Beware of Gas Pump Thieves

gas pumpThe Connecticut Department of Consumer Protection (DCP) is warning motorists that it has seen the number of "skimming-related" incidents at gas station pumps nearly double this year compared to 2015.

A skimmer is a device that can be affixed to the mouth of an ATM or any credit-card reading device (like the one on a gas pump) and secretly read and record credit and debit card information.

Consumers should stay extra conscious of their surroundings at the pump during this time of heightened holiday travel.

Here's what you can do:

  • Make sure the seal on each gas pump isn't broken or tampered with. If it is, that indicates that someone not authorized to inspect a gas pump has tampered with it.
  • If you see a pump that you believe may have been tampered with--don't use it. You should report that pump's issue to the gas station attendant.
  • Use your credit card or pay by cash. If you pay by cash, you won't fall victim to a skimming attack. If you use your credit card, you will be able to recover your funds more easily, and keep money in your bank account.
  • Pay inside. Paying inside reduces your risk of falling victim to a skimming attack significantly because it's much harder for fraudsters to place a skimmer indoors near the cash register. If you must pay outside, pick the pump closest to the building or security camera.

If consumers have questions for DCP, or need to file a complaint related to gasoline, they can visit the Food and Standards Division online, call 860-713-6160, or fill out a complaint form online. 


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