July jobs figures showed a rise in unemployment throughout Connecticut, and Orange was not spared in the bad news. The town has the highest unemployment rate it's had all year, up to 7.4% from 6.5% in June.
“The phrase ‘worst economic downturn since the Great Depression’ is used so often, we’ve become immune to the words. But they’re true. So, it should come as a surprise to no one that pulling the country and our state out of that downturn is hard. Really hard,” said . “But let me be clear: we are making progress, and I have every confidence we’ll continue to make progress.”
In Connecticut, the seasonally adjusted unemployment rate is 8.5 percent and the national rate is 8.3 percent.Orange Unemployment June July # of Unemployed People 487 548 Unemployment Rate 6.5 7.4