Connecticut Lost Jobs In July

Aug 18, 2017

Connecticut saw jobs growth slow significantly in July, according to the latest figures from the state Department of Labor. Preliminary monthly totals show the state lost 600 jobs in July, and its unemployment rate remained unchanged at five percent. 

A loss of government jobs is largely to blame, as the private sector increased employment slightly in the month. So far this year, Connecticut has added back more than 11,000 jobs.

Bertolini Rebukes Trump

Aetna CEO Mark Bertolini has become the latest corporate leader to speak out about Donald Trump’s failure to condemn white supremacists at Charlottesville. The top executive at the Hartford-based health insurer sent a memo to company staff Wednesday saying he was "ashamed of our president’s behavior and comments."

Bertolini was not a member of either of the advisory councils just disbanded by Trump.

He said in his memo that "America must always reject racial bigotry, anti-Semitism and hatred of all forms."

No Figures From Dominion

The owner of the state's only nuclear power plant did not provide comment at a public hearing Thursday into the future of Millstone.

Dominion has previously said it may have to shutter the plant if the state does not allow it to change the way it sells its power, but it will not reveal financial details of the plants viability.

Utility regulators and the state’s Department of Energy and Environmental Protection held a public hearing into the issue; officials heard testimony from several groups that oppose Dominion’s request.