Connecticut budget impasse blamed for job losses

(AP Photo/Mike Groll)

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — Lawmakers may hope they’re close to ending a monthslong budget stalemate, but there’s concern damage has already been done to Connecticut’s economy and job picture.

New state labor statistics show Connecticut lost 2,000 jobs last month. Connecticut Business and Industry Association economist Pete Gioia says the state has now lost 7,900 over the last three months, a period mirroring the budget impasse.

Democratic Gov. Dannel P. Malloy says his office has heard from the construction industry about how there isn’t “a pipeline of additional funded projects” and how they need to decide whether to keep workers or let them go as the construction season winds down.

Some towns have delayed major road and bridge projects.

Malloy says the state also hasn’t replaced large numbers of state employees who’ve left.

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