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Malloy Touts Job Growth Under His Watch

Charles Krupa

Outgoing Connecticut Governor Dannel Malloy said he’s proud to be leaving office with more than 100,000 private sector jobs created in the state during his tenure. The state Department of Labor confirms that’s more than his three immediate predecessors.

Speaking to reporters after presiding over the state’s bond commission for the last time, Democratic Governor Malloy went over the record of his independent and Republican predecessors beginning with Governor Lowell Weicker in the early 1990s.

“Governor Weicker saw the loss of 36,000 jobs during the time that he was governor. Governor Rowland netted, by the time he left office, 63,000 net jobs. Governor Rell saw the loss of 33,000 jobs. And while I’ve been governor, we’ve seen the creation of a 100,000 jobs.”

That’s about 90 percent of the jobs that were lost in Connecticut during the last recession because not all the government jobs that were lost have been recovered.

“I’m proud that we have fewer municipal employees and state employees than the day I became governor. We needed to downsize. We needed to make ourselves more efficient.”

However, the two-term Connecticut governor is likely to leave office on January 9 with one of the lowest job approval ratings of any governor in the country. A poll released in April had his approval rating at 29 percent.

As WSHU Public Radio’s award-winning senior political reporter, Ebong Udoma draws on his extensive tenure to delve deep into state politics during a major election year.