Governor Rell Cites
Positive Job Trends in Connecticut
For immediate release
July 6, 2007
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
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Citing positive job trends in Connecticut, Governor M. Jodi Rell today noted
that the state added more jobs in the first five months of this year than in all
"With more than 18,000 new jobs gained since May of 2006, this is a sure sign
that our state's economy is truly moving in the right direction," Governor Rell
said. "Although we still have another six months to go in 2007, the number of
business expansions and new companies coming into our state bode well for our
economy and the citizens of Connecticut."
Citing the cover article in the July 2007 Economist Digest, a joint publication
of the State Labor Department and the Department of Economic and Community
Development, Governor Rell noted that Connecticut has been doing well in job
growth compared with other states in the region.
The article, written by Jungmin Charles Joo, an Associate Research Analyst at
the Labor Department, claims that the startups and expansions within various
industries in Connecticut will account for more than 11,000 new jobs over the
next several years. Joo also noted that the state is now just 4,900 jobs shy of
the all-time high number of 1,700,700, which was achieved in July 2000.
"With such major economic developments on the horizon, and with the right kind
of policy making, Connecticut's economy may be poised not only to recover fully,
but to continue onto expansion for the first time since December 1999," Joo
noted in his report.
The report notes that Eurospeed USA, a motorcycle components manufacturer, has
started work in Ansonia, and will eventually bring 1,000 jobs to Connecticut.
Aldi's grocery stores and a warehouse are being built in locations across the
state, creating another 600 jobs, while Goodwin College in East Hartford will
undergo an $80 million expansion, adding 300 jobs.
Additional job growth was noted with the arrival of Cabela's Inc., the outdoor
merchandise superstore being built on the Rentschler Field site in East
Hartford, bringing up to 600 jobs. Another 550 jobs will be created as a result
of a distribution center Walgreen Co. is in the process of building in Windsor.
Other expansions Joo noted include those taking place at Foxwoods resort casino
in Ledyard, which will bring 2,300 new jobs and the Mohegan Sun casino in
Uncasville, with a second round of expansion planned by 2010, which is projected
to result in 2,000 additional jobs.
"An additional 800 jobs will be created when a new building for Royal Bank of
Scotland is completed in Stamford, and a cancer center being built by Yale-New
Haven Hospital will create 400 jobs," Joo noted in his report. "Additionally,
NuPower will build a facility in Plainfield, adding 300 jobs, and by 2009, The
Hartford Financial is expected to build a new campus in Windsor, which will
bring 300 jobs."
Joo also noted that another 1,500 jobs are expected when Gilbert & Bennett Mill
builds a retail and housing complex at the site of the mill in the Georgetown
section of Redding by 2010.
"This positive news proves that our state's economy is truly moving in the right
direction," Governor Rell said. "We must continue to promote partnerships within
the business community to ensure companies fully recognize the benefits of
expanding or relocating to Connecticut. We must also strengthen our policies to
make certain our residents obtain the education they need to fill new these
jobs, and we need to take advantage of every opportunity to grow more jobs in
Contact: Nancy Steffens (860) 263-6535