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Connecticut Careers Go Mobile

Posted on June 29, 2009

There is now a new way to get moving when it comes to finding a Connecticut career.

Gov. M. Jodi Rell recently announced that the Career Express, the state’s mobile workforce assistance center, will be traveling throughout the state during the near future.

“We’re putting the Career Express on the road, visiting local libraries, schools and community organizations to offer job search assistance of every kind, from polishing a résumé to identifying potential employers,” Rell said. “This valuable service is more important now than ever, with the national economic slowdown taking a terrible toll on the working families of Connecticut. I am committed to doing everything possible to help people find good-paying jobs that will support their families.

“By moving this mobile assistance center around the state, we can ensure that job seekers find a wealth of information and employment assistance right in their local communities,” she continued. “In addition, the Department of Labor has CTWorks Career Centers offer even more extensive employment services, including career counselors, networking and computer skills workshops, Intranet access to job applications and specialized veterans’ events.”

With any luck, this new initiative will help people find jobs in Connecticut and repair the state’s continually increasing unemployment rate. During May, the unemployment rate in Connecticut managed to increase by only .1 percent, from 7.9 percent to 8 percent. Although this is high unemployment rate, it’s still lower than the national unemployment rate of 9.4 percent. The State of Connecticut hasn’t seen its unemployment rate decrease since September 2008, when the unemployment rate went from 6.1 percent to 6 percent.

The state had a total non-farm employment of 1,643,900 workers during May, according to the United States Department of Labor Bureau of Labor Statistics. This is up from 1,640,300 workers during April, but a 3.7 percent decrease from last year.

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