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Contact: Adam Joseph

March 12, 2012

Senate President Williams and Majority Leader Looney Welcome Latest Jobs Report

Connecticut added 7,100 jobs in January; Unemployment dips to 8.0 percent, the state’s lowest rate in three years

Senate President Donald E. Williams, Jr. (D—Brooklyn) and Senate Majority Leader Martin M. Looney (D—New Haven) today welcomed the state Department of Labor’s latest report detailing Connecticut’s labor situation as an encouraging sign post of the road to recovery and vowed to keep job creation as the Senate Democrats’ top priority.

“This report is welcome news for Connecticut families,” said Senator Williams. “In October, the legislature approved a $1 billion Jobs Bill for new and expanding business assistance, economic and workforce development, and job training programs. Our goal is to build on this momentum and continue our focus on growing jobs and putting Connecticut residents back to work.”

Earlier this year, Senate Democrats unveiled their 5-point plan to create jobs and aid small businesses.

“The Department of Labor’s report is another encouraging indication that Connecticut is well positioned for an economic recovery,” said Senator Looney. “We must maintain our focus on aiding small businesses and preparing residents to reenter the workforce. Our plan expands on grant and loan programs for small businesses employing 50 to 100 people, thereby adding another 3,600 companies to the pool of potential applicants for state aid. Additionally, our plans calls for the expansion of the STEP-Up program by giving businesses incentive grants to hire post-9/11 combat veterans returning from overseas.”

The Senate Democrats’ plan includes:

  1. Expanding the definition of a small business from 50 employees to 100 employees thereby making them eligible for the Business Express Program and other jobs programs created during the October special session.
  2. Expand the Step Up program to give businesses incentive grants to hire post 9/11 combat veterans returning form over seas.
  3. Launch Connecticut Made marketing campaign to spur local businesses both for production and retail administered by DECD.
  4. Institute Connecticut Treasures program. DECD would lead an effort to promote Connecticut’s many rich educational and enjoyable tourist destinations.
  5. Preventing discrimination against the unemployed. Prohibit employers from discriminating in advertising against job applicants because they are unemployed.

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