These Are The 10 Cities In Connecticut With The Lowest Unemployment Rate

by Chris Kolmar
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If you find yourself dissatisfied with where your career is, but not your home, you might be looking for a new job within your community — but how hard will finding one be in your hometown? To help, we present to you the cities in Connecticut with the strongest job markets by unemployment rates.

Many people live where they do because a job brought them there, but if you’re trying to live up to a millennial stereotype and move to Connecticut for some arbitrary reason… or even looking for a new job or moving to a state first and getting a job after, then the job market’s strength is especially important for you.

Well we went to the source of all things demographic data – the Census – to figure out which cities have the lowest unemployment. We set a threshold of city population and found data for each city in the Constitution State and crunched the numbers to find the cream of the crop:

  1. Middletown(Jobs)
  2. Groton(Jobs)
  3. Milford(Jobs)
  4. Shelton(Jobs)
  5. Norwalk(Jobs)
  6. Danbury(Jobs)
  7. Stamford(Jobs)
  8. Torrington(Jobs)
  9. Bristol(Jobs)
  10. Norwich(Jobs)

Even if you’re an employer looking for a strong community to relocate to, a highly employed population is a powerful indicator of a community’s overall health. And, in that regard, Middletown takes the cake as the place in Connecticut with the lowest unemployment rate.

Read on to see how we help you identify those places in Connecticut that have the most robust job force.

Or for more Connecticut job information, check out:

How We Determined The Cities In Connecticut With The Lowest Unemployment Rates

Before we could dive into what Connecticut’s most employed cities were, we needed to know where to look in the first place. We settled upon any place with over 9,000 people and data available for our criteria.

This left us with 21 places in Connecticut.

We then looked at the unemployment rates to determine the cream from the crop when it comes to low unemployment, and our data comes directly from the latest American Community Survey from the Census.

We thought the rate alone was representative of the current state of each city’s job market with the potential for a person to get a job there, whether they were making an intrastate, interstate, or intercity job transfer.

We ranked all the cities for the criteria from one to 21 with one being the “most employed city in Connecticut”. Where there was a tie, the winner went to the bigger city.

If your city or town isn’t among the top ten, jump down to the bottom of the post to see a detailed chart. Otherwise, learn more about how the top ten cities achieved their potential.

1. Middletown

Middletown, Connecticut

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 47,424
Unemployment Rate: 6.7%
Middletown comes in at the top of our list, taking the cake and not sharing a bit of it with only 6.7 percent unemployment, easily blowing away the competition as the top contender.

Certain perks come with being the gold medalist like always having a job.

2. Groton

Groton, Connecticut

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 9,348
Unemployment Rate: 7.2%
You might say that second place is actually the first place loser, but Groton doesn’t… because it doesn’t look nearly as good on a dating profile as as “first runner-up” or “silver medalist”.

3. Milford

Milford, Connecticut

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 51,509
Unemployment Rate: 7.4%
And rounding out our champions’ podium is Milford, earning the bronze medal with a score of 7.4 percent in the unemployment rate category.

4. Shelton

Shelton, Connecticut

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 40,472
Unemployment Rate: 8.3%
Following right behind in the number four slot is Shelton. With a population of 40472 residents, Shelton is a solid place to move in Connecticut if you plan on getting your career search started.

5. Norwalk

Norwalk, Connecticut

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 87,214
Unemployment Rate: 8.6%
The coveted #5 spot has fallen to the residents in Norwalk. Numbering around 87214 people, this city is doing it big with decidedly desirable unemployment rate of 8.6%.

I’m really happy for them, you know, what with their stable careers and all.

6. Danbury

Danbury, Connecticut

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 82,781
Unemployment Rate: 8.7%
The city of Danbury is coming in at #6 with some solid numbers — not enough to blow you away, but enough to make you think twice about moving to another city you were thinking of just because of the dog parks.

7. Stamford

Stamford, Connecticut

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 125,401
Unemployment Rate: 8.9%
Taking the bittersweet #7 spot is the town of Stamford. With a unemployment rate of 8.9 percent, this city is doing big things like a boss — like the one that’ll be hiring you in this solid job market.

8. Torrington

Torrington, Connecticut

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 35,774
Unemployment Rate: 9.2%
Coming in at #8, Torrington has a job market strong enough to tempt people away from some of Connecticut’s flashier cities where the unemployment rate isn’t as competitive.

9. Bristol

Bristol, Connecticut

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 60,556
Unemployment Rate: 9.2%
Finishing strong at #9 the town of Bristol, where the unemployment rate is strong enough to keep this city, which is not at allknown as “The City of Hopes and Dreams”, but should consider adopting it.

10. Norwich

Norwich, Connecticut

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 40,378
Unemployment Rate: 10.2%
Rounding out our list and coming in at #10 is the city of Norwich, Connecticut. Don’t forget, just because it’s last place in this top ten list, that’s still out of 21.

Norwich’s parents are still proud of its life choices.

There You Have It – Unemployment Across Connecticut

There you have it folks, the Ten Cities With the Lowest Unemployment in the state of {state}. They have the numbers and jobs to back it up.

If you’re just dying to move to the {nickname} and feel like throwing caution to the wind and moving-first- getting-employed-later, stick to the cities in our top ten.

If you’d like more information on different cities and states around the U.S. be sure to visit to have all of your questions answered — and if you’re a recent college graduate thinking about moving states, check out which states college grads tend to stay in and which states they abandon.

Here’s a quick look are the places in Connecticut with the highest unemployment rate:

  1. Hartford
  2. Bridgeport
  3. Waterbury

Detailed List Of Cities With The Lowest Unemployment In Connecticut

City Rank Unemployment
Middletown 1 6.7%
Groton 2 7.2%
Milford 3 7.4%
Shelton 4 8.3%
Norwalk 5 8.6%
Danbury 6 8.7%
Stamford 7 8.9%
Torrington 8 9.2%
Bristol 9 9.2%
Norwich 10 10.2%
Naugatuck 11 10.4%
Derby 12 10.6%
Meriden 13 10.8%
West Haven 14 12.0%
Ansonia 15 12.6%
New Britain 16 12.6%
New Haven 17 12.7%
New London 18 13.3%
Waterbury 19 13.7%
Bridgeport 20 16.0%
Hartford 21 19.4%
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