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East Haven Unemployment Rate Holds at 9.3 Percent

There was no change in the town's unemployment rate over the past four weeks, with East Haven's average continuing to remain above the county, state and national averages.

There has been little change in East Haven's local labor situation over the last four weeks — with the town's latest unemployment rate unchanged from September.

According to the latest figures released by the Connecticut Department of Labor, East Haven's unemployment for October was 9.3 percent.

In September, the town's unemployment rate was also 9.3.

Additionally, the department's figures also showed the labor force in East Haven grew slightly over the same period: from 16,539 in September to 16,593 in October.

State, National Unemployment Rate

In Connecticut, the pool of jobless people last month rose to 9.0 percent overall. Nationally, the United State's unemployment rate is 7.9 percent.

Locally, Branford's unemployment rate currently sits at 7.7 percent, North Branford at 6.9 percent and North Haven's is at 7.5 percent. The New Haven County unemployment average for September was 9.0 percent.

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

East Haven Numbers

East Haven's unemployment rate reached its three-year low in April, rose to 8.7 percent in May, was 8.4 percent in March, 8.6 percent in February and 8.7 percent in January. And the town's rate was 8.4 percent in December.

In 2011 East Haven’s annual average unemployment rate was 9.7 percent. In 2010 it was 10.2 percent.

The town's highest reported unemployment rate over the last two years was in January 2011, when 10.7 percent of East Haven was out of work.

Richard Poulton November 27, 2012 at 01:27 PM
Sam, as to your "only concern" part of the comment, those on the TC with positions in the town, and a topic comes up as to budget, or really anything related to that area of work, must abstain from voting. Like the sitting member who is a PO, must obstain on any vote related to a topic with the PD. So must this person abstain when it comes to an issue with the PW. Otherwise it can be considered a conflict of interest on their part.
CAjones November 27, 2012 at 01:38 PM
I hear that if you were the unfortunate victim of a chainsaw accident that left you short three fingers on your right hand, you still would have leftover digits while counting the number of friends you "HAS"............ So I guess we "IS" all lucky we will not suffer a AS(s)mith for Mayor.
Sam Giglio November 27, 2012 at 01:46 PM
Richard i understand about obstaining from voting on a topic, but if we had anymore Members getting jobs on that Board then all votes may never get voted on.
Patrick Madley November 27, 2012 at 02:40 PM
There are jobs available. The only problem is, the job that are available require skills that many people do not have. The new jobs that are coming about require people to get training which many people do not have. The low skill, low wage jobs that have left, are never coming back. But the new jobs that require skills will keep coming. The only way to get a decent job now, is to have the skills needed.
Richard Poulton November 27, 2012 at 02:59 PM
With this story taking a turn about political jobs and pay back for support, I can't wait for February 1st when the mayor can either re-appoint sitting members of various B/C's, or says thanks for serving and appoint new members. A quick check of B & C's members show 24 positions to be either re-appointed or filled with new appointees by the mayor. 13 Dem's & 5 Rep, plus 6 un-affil.
Nick Palladino November 27, 2012 at 03:52 PM
The problems that I see are BOE members hiring their own relatives. And even making jobs for them. And pushing for them to get higher paying jobs. That is sad. To have a BOE chairman clear a room because a taxpayer asked about that is a real problem. And then to suspend her from her job. I think the BOE needs to look into that and explain why it was done.
HYPOCRITE BUSTER November 27, 2012 at 04:04 PM
Nick are you really for real? You used your influence as the BOE Chairman to get your Son a job. You should be the last person to call anyone out HYPOCRITE....The only reason why you complain is because you stand to gain because your wife is a teachers aid.
Nick Palladino November 27, 2012 at 07:14 PM
As I stated before my son took a regional test and came out number one. Before my other son was killed in an accident Nicholas was living in Burbank Ca he was a police officer in LA. Before that he was a Sgt. At the Dept of veteran affairs PD stationed in West Haven Ct. He was hired there after serving 4 years active duty in the US Coast Guard. Do you think I had anything to do with any of that? Get a grip on yourself. And as for my wife she has worked for the BOE since 2001. Long before I was on the board.
Flowers November 27, 2012 at 07:40 PM
Yon Nick doth protest too much. Save your self Nick, when the child or relative of a town bigwig gets a job in that town, everyone assumes the worse. No amount of logic , noise or smoke can change that perception. Just smile and live with it.
HYPOCRITE BUSTER November 27, 2012 at 09:42 PM
Nick...Your son was injured but still hired. I somewhat remember some shifting of civil service rules. Tell us you didn't play politics cause right after that you announced your weren't running anymore. Yeah right there Nick. That conversation may fly at the The Oasis but we here on these boards know much better than that. You're in perfect company with those idiots at The Oasis everyone has their hands out looking for something. Why was the Short Order Cook on the BOE? He could barely read yet articulate anything he voted on. The voters weren't fooled either because he lost in the biggest defeat ever by a BOE member. LOL....I'm sure you did everything you could to get the wife her the big payday also. You gave all the Aids raises so in other words you gave yourself a raise and your son a job...No secret you had the in with Brow, Civitello, Krebs, April and Nappi....You no fool no one here Nicky...
Nick Palladino November 27, 2012 at 10:36 PM
Nice try. The raise,3%, was given several years ago before I was on the BOE. In fact my wife lost 1 hour a day after the raise. My son was injuried in LA, but had surgery and was all healed. He passed the Cooper test as was required by law. As far as me not running, I told the Dem chairman that I was not going to run with a few of the people that were chosen. Not a big deal. I don't know what "big payday" you are talking about. She makes about 10,000 a year, no paid sick time or vacation or anything else. If you would like to talk to me about all of your concerns, please feel free and stop hiding behind a keyboard. As always, I use my real name to post. Oh and by the way, the cook was appointed by Maturo his first time in office. Why don't you ask him why he put him on the BOE ? Please try and get your facts in order. The people I sit with may be a little loud at times but are some of the best people I have known. Each and every one of them was there for us when we lost Mark and my son Nicholas, gave up his dream job in LAPD to come back and help us. This site will only get better when people are required to use their real names.
Rosie November 28, 2012 at 04:08 AM
I think I will throw my opinion in for what it's worth. First, I see nothing wrong with anyone that is qualified getting hired and/or promotions whether they are relatives or friends of any BOE member. Why should a qualified person be held back due to a family member holding an elected seat? Unfortunately, due to the politics in this town, anyone who happens to get a position on their own merit will never be taken as anything but getting the job by a "favor". That is so sad. Many people work hard for this town and the school system, and got the jobs on their own, by their own merit, who know no one, yet they are all lumped together. It seems like many think that if you work for the town, you must "know someone". That is not always the case. As for the Teacher's aides, they are very hard working, yet get such a small amount of respect from this district. They should be given raises, benefits, sick days just like everyone else. Just look at our neighboring towns and how well aides are treated. This district should hang their heads in shame over that. It is always the little guy who does the most, yet makes the least. For the record, I am not an aide, but I know many in the system. Mr. Palladino had absolutely nothing to do with any raises or big payday for the aides in this system. They are so under paid, and under appreciated by this administration, it is ridiculous.
Anne November 28, 2012 at 11:42 AM
The aides aren't union employees so they shouldn't get union benefits. They are not highly educated and certified like teachers, so let's stop pretending they are. They may do "meaningful" work and I am sure the teachers appreciate the help in the classroom, but they are not on the same level as teachers and shouldn't be compensated as such.
Ted Musco November 28, 2012 at 12:06 PM
Anne you are so far off course, all aides are certified as aides and yes they should be compensated the same as the surrounding towns.
Anne November 28, 2012 at 12:10 PM
Yes my point Ted Musco--certified as AIDES not TEACHERS, therefore, shouldn't be entitled to the same benefits as teachers (who, by the way, are union employees).
ASmith November 28, 2012 at 01:18 PM
Looks like CAjonesy got the holiday blues. sorry yall so down in the dumps bout this. did I hear right that Mayor Jo(k)e skipped that there tree lightin ceremony? knows that would make yall feel pretty bad and then him givin another of his buddies a job. but mr. sam said it right "thats the politics of this here burg". jes cant do nothin bout it so folks may as well accept it. jes hope this fella does a good job. past has shown political folks in this job usually done turn well. last fella that had the job didnt push his politics, and he done good by the town. fellas before him not so. time will tell. have a merry cajones and dont be such a sourpuss this time o year.
Rosie November 28, 2012 at 03:53 PM
Anne, get a grip. No one is saying that aides are as qualified as teachers, although I know some teachers who "are highly educated" but couldn't teach their way out of a paper bag. Having a degree doesn't neccesarily mean you are good at your job :) That aside, many aides do more than just "meaningful" work, especially the special ed aides that deal with more in a day than any of us should have to. No, they are not unionized HERE, but in many towns they are, and get benefits and such. No, not compensated as teachers, but they still should be more respected than they are. You obviously have a different opinion on what an aide actually is. And being a union employee, in some cases, just means having to keep the "dead wood". There are many certified and non certified "dead wood" in this and many other towns.
Lise Cavallaro November 28, 2012 at 04:17 PM
Since this article is about unemployment in East Haven...I suggest Julie follow-up with the economic development people. I would like an update about the supposed Shop Rite in Foxon. Is that ever going to happen? Is anything ever going to happen in Foxon? It's not rocket science people...get the good, quality businesses in here, and what do you know...businesses = jobs.
Anne November 28, 2012 at 05:28 PM
If the aides feel they can get better opportunities elsewhere, my feeling is that the door is always open! I have no opinion one way or another about aides--I'm sure they are a valued position and provide a great service--not saying they don't. I just don't feel they should receive the same union benefits that the teachers do.
Lise Cavallaro November 28, 2012 at 05:32 PM
You have a good point. However, and I don't know how many times I have said this over the past few years, EH needs more stores for the entire family to utilize. The Sweet Shoppe just closed it's doors. The town needs to promote what they have..why wasn't a promotion with local business done to coincide with the tree lighting? Get Main St. involved, etc.
Lise Cavallaro November 28, 2012 at 05:36 PM
At the University where I work, in the union, no matter what the position is, you may not get the same pay, but you get the same health benefits, etc. . If aides and teachers are represented by the same union, they may not have the same pay, but they should receive the same benefits.
Julie Weisberg (Editor) November 28, 2012 at 06:40 PM
Lisa: I'll be meeting with Art DeSorbo on Monday morning for an economic development update. So look for that to post on Tuesday. Just an FYI.
Anne November 28, 2012 at 06:59 PM
My only (and final) point here is that they currently ARE NOT union employees so therefore, shouldn't expect the same benefits as the union employees, ie., the teachers. If that was to change, then yes, they should get the same benefits. If different towns have union aides, let them go there, if EH is not changing.
CAjones November 28, 2012 at 09:32 PM
"Everything I wrote, I did with a smile AS(s)mith. So don't you worry your inbred little head none. Remember, the last laugh is always the best........"
ASmith November 28, 2012 at 10:41 PM
Glad your a smilin even when missin your cajones. jes remember when yall doin your christmas shoppin the second half of our tax bills are a coming in January and still no 17% per tax roll back in sight. know thats a hard nut for yall to swallow. heck maybe everythin will jes fall off that fiscal cliff. maybe the state will come in and take over the burgs finances and run it like the feds are runnin the pd. jes keep smilin.
CAjones November 29, 2012 at 05:18 PM
Not too worried AS(s)mith about the taxes either. The assessment and the taxes on my place have both gone down considerably last year.......... I guess because of recycling laws perhaps the cost of that refrigerator BOX you reside in has gone up. Maybe you and Mr. Hoff can run on the same line next election. You for mayor and he for town council........ On the Mental Defective Party line You'd be perfect.........fruitcake.
Richard Poulton November 30, 2012 at 02:01 PM
Mr. Ruocco, the DTC, is making the reader think something sinister has just happened. What he failed to tell you is that the position filled is one of the 4 or 5 positions filled by those serving at the pleasure of the mayor. It is not a "locked-in" forever job. The position is that of supervisor of the P/W Dept. The same position filled by Ralph Mauro during the last administration, again appointed by the then Mayor. Mr. Ruocco will do his best to twist everything around to benefit his party, and I can't wait for the next election year garbage to start-up by him. And a little word to the wise to that certain council member running around town spreading slenderest rumors about Mr. Parenti. He is coming close to a civil suit.
Angels Among Us November 30, 2012 at 07:51 PM
You know Anne, you sound very bitter, I am sorry that you feel the way that you do. Have you ever spent an entire day/week/month/school year as a one to one for a student with a significant disability? Autism, Duel Diagnosis, Downs Syndrome? I have worked in the field for over 25 years and although I do not have the certification to be a teacher, I could do goals and objectives, MAPS programming, ABA behavioral modification techniques and have been certified in Physical Management, cpr, first aide, medication, and food safety to teach life skills. I can task analysis you under the table and backward chain, with or without adaptations if you please. Although there may be some that think that a piece of paper makes them superior to others, the proof is in the pudding, sweets. I think that although you should have different pay rates, everyone should be eligible to have the same benefits. Life is too short to be bitter.
ASmith November 30, 2012 at 10:42 PM
Well cajonesy yall are a lucky fella. Most folks like me had their taxes go up. Sorry to hear your house lost its value. dumb luck i guess or maybe yall got a friend in the evaluation company.
CAjones December 03, 2012 at 01:10 PM
Yeah, and I don't pay for water, cable or electric, because I got some many friends...... It must really be a chore for you to be that stupid......... ah.. the burden you bare.

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