Archival Information

The Economic Recovery Dashboard has been archived as of August 2022. The dashboard will no longer be updated, although some charts will continue to update automatically as the source data is updated. For more information, see the datasets used in this dashboard in the data catalog.

Connecticut Economic Recovery Dashboard

This dashboard displays various indicators on the economic recovery in Connecticut since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic. To see the source data for each chart, click the link in the citation under the chart, or browse all the data used in this dashboard here
These figures illustrate state-level unemployment rates in Connecticut and key neighboring states. The Cross-State Unemployment Rate table provides figures for the most recent month posted by the CT Department of Labor, the annual average in 2019, and the annual average in 2009, after the 2008 recession. During the pandemic, Connecticut's unemployment rate reached 11.6 percent. In contrast, the unemployment rates in New Jersey, New York, Massachusetts, and Rhode Island exceeded 16 percent in April 2020.

Initial unemployment claims were at their highest for Connecticut during the week of April 18, 2020, with 102,808 regular first time claims. 
Continued unemployment claims reached 319,529 regular claims and 80,570 PUA claims during the week of May 9, 2020. 

The COVID-19 Pandemic Highlighted the Value of Timely, Quality Data

Researchers, public policy organizations, and government agencies developed data repositories to track public health trends, social needs, and the economic impacts of the pandemic. A report prepared by the OECD Digital Government and Data Unit and the NYU’s The GovLab, analyzes how open government data was utilized during the first five months of the pandemic (March - July 2020). The authors note, "The wide-ranging health, social and economic impact of the pandemic has demonstrated the need for governments to be resilient, and to build the right digital and data infrastructure to respond and mitigate its consequences, today and in the future... The potential benefits of providing government data as open data range from more evidence informed decision-making; support for research; citizen engagement; innovation by the private sector and of public services; greater transparency and accountability of government interventions."
Below are additional data resources that track the economic impact of the pandemic: