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Blumenthal calls for passage of green jobs bill

Sep 20, 2013
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U.S. Senator Richard Blumenthal of Connecticut says bipartisan federal legislation that could create jobs, save energy and protect the environment has been sitting in congress since April, and he's calling on lawmakers to act on it.

The Connecticut Labor Department says the state’s unemployment rate in August remained unchanged from July at 8.1 percent. The report shows a loss of 6,000 jobs, but the Labor Department says that's because of a miscalculation last month in their seasonal adjustment of the labor numbers.  Long Island’s private sector lost 600 jobs in August compared to July. But the New York Department of Labor says that’s an improvement in the long-term. Over the prior 10 Augusts, the losses averaged 3,000.

U.S. Census Bureau

The US Census Bureau is releasing data from its annual American Community Survey on Thursday morning.  It shows a region still not recovering from the recession and housing bust of 2008.  WSHU's Charles Lane on Long Island and Craig LeMoult in Connecticut had a look at the data and have this report.

Ebong Udoma

   

New Haven, Connecticut, State Sen. Toni Harp won 50 percent of the vote in the four-way Democratic primary for mayor on Tuesday.  Given that the city is heavily Democratic, one would assume the victory means a clear path to the mayor’s office.  But the race is not over.


The Connecticut Economy, based on statistics from U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics

In a report released Wednesday, Connecticut economists say the state’s economy is gaining momentum. Steven Lanza, editor of "The Connecticut Economy" says how and why the economy moves is more complicated than politicians might suggest on the campaign trail.


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