Five years after the official end of the Great Recession, Connecticut workers continue to face an economy with fewer jobs, falling wages, and rising inequality. Our annual State of Working Connecticut report points to the disproportionate impact of the weak economy on workers who are young, minority, and less educated as a warning sign for the future of our state. As the state’s demographics shift, the children of these struggling workers will increasingly make up the state’s workforce. These findings and more are accessible in The State of Working Connecticut 2014 report, and the full data on which they are based are available below.
For the first time, we are making these data available through an interactive graph. Underneath the graph, you can choose an economic indicator (e.g., unemployment), and then select the regions and demographics about which you'd like to learn more. A slider along the bottom allows you to select the range of years, back to 1979. To view wages at the 10th, 20th, 30th, etc. percentiles, select the "Wage Deciles" indicator, along with the deciles you'd like to view in the demographics drop-down menu.
Not all demographics are available for every economic indicator. For example, only overall long-term unemployment is available on the graph, and the "wage percentile" demographics are only useful for the "wage deciles" measure. Let us know what you notice in these trends in the comments below!
Our State of Working Connecticut interactive is currently down as we update it for our 2015 report. Check back soon!
- "Peer states" refers to Massachusetts, New Jersey, New York and Rhode Island
- Missing data reflect survey sample sizes that are too small
- Wage data are measured in 2013 inflation-adjusted dollars using CPI-U-RS
- Source: CT Voices and Economic Policy Institute analysis of U.S. Census CPS and U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics data