HARTFORD, Conn. (WTNH)– Connecticut’s unemployment rate has dropped for the fourth consecutive month. But the rate does not indicate how many long-term unemployed are in the state, people whose unemployment benefits have run out, many of them older workers.
On most days there are always plenty of people using one of the state’s 14 job centers trying to to find a job, but there are some people in Connecticut who have actually been doing this for years.
After losing the job he had held for over a decade, Hue Galloway has now been out of work for four years and has now had to file for early Social Security benefits.
“I got laid off when I was 58 and unemployment had run out. I wiped out my savings, lost my house, so it was…I had to take early retirement,” said Hue Galloway, New Britain.
Noting that many of the long term unemployed are like Hue, the Governor Monday announced he is proposing the creation of a state-wide program aimed at people like him. An eight week internship type program with the state picking up the tab.
Joe Carbone has been helping to run a privately funded program like this in Fairfield County.
“We try to make the connection between their skills and a jobs and we hold businesses free of risk and in this kind of economic environment…you have to do that,” said Carbone.
It’s a way to help people like Hue get a little hope for the future. Hue says he’d give it a try.
“I might yes, because Social Security doesn’t pay that much,” said Galloway. “Actually I enjoyed the work I did.”
“In my part of the state, they come from Greenwich, they come from Bridgeport, almost half are over 50, they’re suffering from a depravation of hope,” said Carbone.
The Governor is also proposing a law that would prohibit an employer from advertising for a job stating that an individual must be currently employed to be considered
The Governor is expected to detail these plans in his ‘State of the State’ address next Wednesday.