This section shows the Connecticut economy using the most recent economic analysis from the 2022 Census Bureau. Starting with Figure 1 which shows the median earnings per worker, Connecticut shows it has a Median earnings of $65,697 which is the second most of all the states in the metro area. The state with the highest median earnings per worker in the group is Massachusetts which depicts a median earnings of $69,105 (only about 5.2% larger).
In Figure 2 a more complete view of income is shown which aggregates income from all members in the household and it has a Median household income of $83,572 which is the second most median income of all the states in the greater Connecticut region. The state with the highest median household income in the group is Massachusetts which depicts a median income of $89,026 (6.5% larger).
The next section examines a variety of different income statistics for the Connecticut metropolitan area. In Figure 3 we see that it has the smallest proportion of earnings between $20,000 and $49,999 at 20.7% of the total. Dividing median annual worker earnings by the average number of hours worked in a year in Figure 4 shows that it has a Avg Hrly Earnings of $33.25 which is the second most average hourly earnings of all the states in the greater Connecticut region. The state with the highest average hourly earnings in the group is Massachusetts which depicts an average hourly earnings of $34.97 (only about 5.2% larger).
Figure 5 examines the number of self employed people in the Connecticut metro area based on the number of people who reported any self employment income. Connecticut shows it has a Self Employed of 11.8% which is in the intermediate range of other states in the local area. The state with the highest percentage of people self employed in the group is Vermont which shows a percentage self employed of 15.5% (31.5% larger).
Figure 6 breaks down the source of income and Connecticut has the smallest proportion of social security at 0.5% of the total.
The next chart (Figure 7) shows the percentage of households that had retirement income over the last 12 months and it has a With Retirement Income of 22.8% which is in the center range of other states in the metropolitan area. The state with the highest households with retirement income in the group is Maine which shows a households with retirement income of 24.1% (only about 5.8% larger).
The percentage of full-time workers are compared to the number of part-time workers in Figure 8. Connecticut shows full time employees approximately 3.0 times bigger as the part time employees.
Similar to the last chart is Figure 9 which shows the number of people who are self employed but in more detailed industry categories such as manufacturing, retail sales, residential real estate, commercial real estate, health care, exports/imports, and advanced industries, etc. the state of depicts it has the hightest entrepreneurs of 25% for the self employed in professional, scientific, management, administrative services group.
Figure 10 shows the cost of living and other consumer spending categories for a variety of cost components from the Bureau of Labor Statistics. Connecticut shows it has the hightest cost of 120.7 for the cost of grocery items aggregate.
The State of Connecticut Poverty Charts
In Figure 11 the percentage of people earning less than the poverty level is shown and compared across the group of places. Connecticut shows it has a Percent of Population In Poverty of 10.0% which is in the mid range of other states in the metro area. The state with the highest percent of people earning less than the poverty level in the group is Rhode Island which shows a percent of people in poverty of 11.3% (12.2% larger).
Additionally, Figure 12 looks at the percentage of people who receive some form of public assistance including general assistance, temporary assistance or food stamps (i.e. SNAP.) the state of depicts it has a Public Assistance Percent of 12.5% which is in the mid range of other states in the greater region. The state with the highest households with public assistance in the group is Rhode Island which shows a households with public assistance of 16.0% (28.0% larger).
The State of Connecticut Labor Force Charts
The table in Figure 13, shows Connecticut employment data in terms of job categories and salary data.
The next two charts look at monthly trended employment related performance using data estimated by economists at the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS). The BLS tracks unemployment statistics for a large number of areas throughout the country on a month to month basis. However, not every location in the U.S. is tracked by the BLS so the chart will only show the closest location available (which may be the same location.) Figure 14 shows the monthly unemployment rate for the area as well as a comparison to the overall national economy measure for the United States. Note that in March to April 2022, the Covid 19 recession occurred and affects this metric. The monthly unemployment rate shows that from January 2017 to before the disasterous Covid-19 virus Pandemic it went from 5.6% to 4.7% in March 2020. This represents a decrease in the monthly unemployment rate of 16.1%. Since that time, the monthly unemployment rate has gone to 4.3%. This represents a decrease in the monthly unemployment rate of 8.5%.
The State of Connecticut Jobs Charts
In the jobs section of economic activity charts in Figure 15 shows the average annual earnings for very high level job industry categories for full time and year round employed.
Figure 16 shows the average median earnings for different categories of jobs.
The State of Connecticut Work Commute Charts
Figure 18 shows a more detailed view of how the population commutes to work for (for example to downtown Connecticut or elsewhere.) Connecticut has the largest proportion of people who take the Long-distance train or commuter rail at 2% of the total and is ranked #1.
Figure 19 is provided for comparison purposes to the previous chart. It shows how people get to work overall on average in the United States.
The average commute time is shown in Figure 21. the state of indicates it has a Avg Commute Time of 27 which is the third most average commute time of all other states in the greater Connecticut region.
Cities marked with an asterisk ("*") should resemble a city or town but do not have their own government (i.e. Mayor, City Council, etc.) These places should be recognizable by the local community but their boundaries have no legal status. Technically these include both Census Designated Places (CDP) and Census County Divisions (CCD) which are defined by the Census Bureau along with local authorities. (For more information, see:
Census Designated Place or "CDP")
and Census County Division "CCD".)
For comparison purposes, the US national average and the state average value are provided. Additionally, the "Combined Statistical Area" or CSA is shown that is closest to the city, county, or zip code shown. A CSA is a large grouping of adjacent metropolitan areas that identified by the Census Bureau based on social and economic ties. (See: Combined Statistical Area)
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