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North Haven Unemployment Dips to 8.7 Percent

The town's joblessness rate shifted slightly lower in the month of August, after reaching a year-to-date high in July.

North Haven's latest unemployment rate dropped two-tenths of a percent in August, improving slightly after reaching it's highest level of the year in July.

According to the latest figures released by the Connecticut Department of Labor, North Haven's unemployment rate for August was 7.7 percent.

In July, the town's unemployment rate sat at 8.9 percent — it's highest for the year so far.

Additionally, the department's figures showed the reported labor force in North Haven also lowered during the same period: from 13,535 in July to 13,315 in August.

State, National Unemployment Rate

In Connecticut, the pool of jobless people last month held steady to 9.2 percent overall. Nationally, the United State's unemployment rate is 8.2 percent.

Locally, East Haven's unemployment rate is 10 percent, Branford's is 7.9 percent and North Branford's sits at 7.7 percent.

A PDF of the state's August unemployment report for all towns is attached to this article.

North Haven Numbers

North Haven's lowest unemployment rate of the year so far was 6.2 percent in April. It rose to 6.5 percent in May, was 7.0 percent in June — and the town began the year with an unemployment rate of 8.0 percent in January.

In 2011, North Haven's annual average unemployment rate was 8.0 percent. In 2010 it was 8.3 percent.

The town's highest reported unemployment rate over the last two years was in August 2010, when 9.2 percent of North Haven was out of work. It's lowest came in April of this year at 6.8 percent.

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