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Lower Fairfield County earns dismal scores in STEM job survey

The Lower Fairfield County area was rated as one of the weakest job markets for STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) professionals, according to data compiled by the financial website WalletHub.

In an analysis of 100 major metro areas, the Bridgeport-Stamford-Norwalk market came in 93rd place in the overall ranking and 96th place for the lowest level of STEM employment growth, and tied for last place for the lowest quality of engineering universities.

The other major Connecticut metro areas scored significantly better, with Hartford coming in 20th place in the overall ranking and New Haven-Milford in 54th; the Worcester, Mass.-Eastern Connecticut region came in 55th. Perhaps not surprisingly, high-tech meccas Seattle, San Jose and San Francisco came in first, second and third in the overall rankings, while Massachusetts scored fourth and fifth place rankings with Boston and Springfield.

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Phil Hall's writing for Westfair Communications has earned multiple awards from the Connecticut Press Club and the Connecticut Society of Professional Journalists. He is a former United Nations-based reporter for Fairchild Broadcast News and the author of 10 books (including the 2020 release "Moby Dick: The Radio Play" and the upcoming "Jesus Christ Movie Star," both published by BearManor Media). He is also the host of the SoundCloud podcast "The Online Movie Show," co-host of the WAPJ-FM talk show "Nutmeg Chatter" and a writer with credits in The New York Times, New York Daily News, Hartford Courant, Wired, The Hill's Congress Blog, Profit Confidential, The MReport and StockNews.com. Outside of journalism, he is also a horror movie actor - usually playing the creepy villain who gets badly killed at the end of each film.

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