Contact: Adam Joseph
March 9, 2010
Hartford: Senate President Donald E. Williams, Jr. (D-Brooklyn) says the latest unemployment numbers for Connecticut underscore the importance of the General Assembly passing a jobs bill this legislation session. According to the state Department of Labor, the unemployment rate in Connecticut for January was 9 percent, up from 8.8 in December. While the Connecticut unemployment rate is still below the national rate of 9.7 percent, any increase is cause for concern.
The unemployment rate in the Willimantic-Danielson labor market—which includes Senator Williams’ senate district—is 11.3 percent. The number in the Norwich-New London market is 9 percent.
“Since the global recession began in 2008 Connecticut has lost more than 100,000 jobs—it’s time to start getting them back,” said Senator Williams. “Senate Bill 1 would offer targeted tax relief to small ‘mom and pop’ businesses, and expand access to credit for other companies. We must get Connecticut working again and our jobs bill will help do that.”
Senate Bill 1, which is awaiting the approval of the Finance, Revenue, and Bonding Committee, does the following:
“The multi-billion dollar TARP bailout helped save the big banks and now they’re back to handing out multi-billion dollar bonuses to their executives,” said Senator Williams. “Our plan includes a temporary surcharge on million dollar bank bonuses—with all the revenue going directly to small businesses.”
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