Connecticut’s unemployment rate in October declined to 5.1 percent, coming closer to the national average, now at 5 percent, than at any time since 2013.
Hartford has the highest unemployment rate of all Connecticut municipalities at 8.9 percent.
Waterbury, Bridgeport, and New London have the next-highest rates of out-of-work residents at 8, 7.3, and 7.1 percent respectively.
On the other hand, Canaan, Roxbury, and Cornwall had the lowest unemployment rates in October. Canaan’s was 2.4 percent, and Roxbury and Cornwall had 2.6 percent each.
Until 2012, the national average for unemployment usually outpaced Connecticut.
There were two previous stretches of time when Connecticut’s unemployment rate was higher than the United States’ — in the early- and mid-nineties.
There was still some bad news: Preliminary nonfarm employment estimates for October show a loss of 2,200 jobs. It was the second monthly job loss in a row.