Connecticut's labor force participation reached a low of 64.9 percent last year, a drop of three percentage points in two years. The decline is more than triple the national decline.
The youngest workers in state have seen a pronounced drop in labor force participation, from about 75 percent to 53 percent in less than two decades. Older workers' participation is up from 35 percent to more than 44 percent.
At the current rate, it will take three more years for the state's employment levels to reach pre-recession numbers. Connecticut had more jobs in 1989 than in 2014.
The top 1 percent of state earners averaged $2.18 million in annual income in the most recent figures available. That's 40 times the average state income of $53,694.
Since 2000, the state's median hourly wages fell 5.1 percent, versus 1.3 percent nationally. Even workers with college degrees have been hit, seeing a 2.5 percent decline in hourly wages since 2002.
Source: State of Working Connecticut 2014, http://www.ctvoices.org/StateofWork
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