Worst Job Losses Since 1990

Connecticut lost 14,300 jobs in February, the largest monthly loss since the current recession began in December 2007, according to a report released Thursday by the state Department of Labor.

The job loss, which is roughly equivalent to the population of Tolland, is the largest month-over-month loss since October 1990, when the state lost 15,100 jobs.

"Many of the mass layoffs that had been announced in the fall are starting to come to fruition," state labor economist John Tirinzonie explained.

In the 12 months from February 2008 to this February, the state has lost 52,000 jobs, or 3 percent. The total is fast approaching the 60,000 jobs lost during the last recession of 2000-2003.

Both those losses, however, are still less than the 151,000 jobs the state lost during the recession of 1989 to 1993.

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