Connecticut Employment and Education

Jobs numbers are continuing to climb, with 20K being added since 2003. The average income has also increased by 3.1% since 2003. Unemployment for the year of 2005 averaged 4.9%. It has steadily dropped and in July 2006 it stood at 4.3%.

Graduation rates are good with the class of 2000 being at 84%. Connecticut is pouring a lot of tax money into education, as their per pupil expenditures are $11,579 in 1,103 of their schools. Their investment is paying off in that the 4th graders who passed basic requirements for math were 82% and 84% for the years 2003 and 2005 respectively. Eight graders who met the requirements for math were 73% and 70% for the same years.