Westfair Business Journal – By Justin McGown

If every unemployed person in Connecticut were hired tomorrow there would still be 22,000 openings, according to the Connecticut Business and Industry Association (CBIA).

“We clearly have more jobs than people who can fill those jobs,” said Chris DiPentima, president and CEO of the CBIA. “That stems from pre-Covid challenges. In 2019 we saw less than 1% population growth over that period of time, and even with the spike we had during the pandemic our population growth since 2008 affected that. So, there’s just not enough people coming into the state and quite a few folks leaving the labor force because they’re older and retiring or trying to start their own business.”

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