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“I have no doubt that she can quickly transition into her new role as commissioner," Gov. Ned Lamont said of Danté Bartolomeo.
In addition to the state’s recent $5 million allocation for the program, $2.5 million is coming from Connecticut’s portion of the federal Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act.
"I’m hopeful the spirit of collaboration that led us to this point will fuel additional conversation about action we can take together to create a more competitive business climate," said House Minority Leader Vincent Candelora (R-North Branford).
The $10 million grant from the U.S. Department of Labor will help build career pathways in the information technology and advanced manufacturing sectors.
“Workforce development begins in kindergarten," says Kelli Vallieres, executive director of the newly-formed Connecticut Workforce Development Unit. "By talking with them at such a young age about what they’re interested in, you can find the fire that sparks their interest."
Asked about their outlook for the Connecticut economy, 60% of respondents to a CBIA survey said they expect a contraction over the next 12 months.
In addition, the Connecticut Department of Social Services will provide over $16.5 million in Emergency Supplemental Nutrition Assistance (SNAP) Benefits to nearly half of Connecticut’s SNAP participants on Sept. 17.
If approved, the funds will “help fill the hole left when the Federal Pandemic Unemployment Compensation Program expired on July 26,” the governor said, noting that "this is only a temporary backstop,”
The Department of Labor has processed 617,296 of the 635,772 applications it has received.
“Work as we know it is changing,” says Garrett Moran, chair of the Governor’s Workforce Council. “We will continue to refine our online offerings in the coming months and years. The CT Back to Work initiative is a terrific start.”
The state of Connecticut has now conducted over 200,000 COVID-19 tests, with nearly 40,000 positive results and over 3,600 deaths.
“The task was complicated, due to a 40-year-old mainframe using a COBOL operating system,” noted state Department of Labor Commissioner Kurt Westby. “Despite these challenges, we have now processed over 340,000 of the 402,000 claim applications filed since March 13.”
The state’s number of COVID-19-related deaths grew by a dramatic 197 today, bringing the total to 868, though Gov. Ned Lamont said that was due mainly to a large batch of data just received by the Department of Health from the Office of the Medical Examiner.
The $2.5 billion in the state’s Budget Reserve Fund (also known as the Rainy Day Fund) puts Connecticut "in pretty good shape" through at least June 30, said Gov. Ned Lamont. “Obviously, this is the rainy day,” added Secretary of the Office of Policy and Management Melissa McCaw. “We are well-positioned to weather this storm.”
The sector posted 160,600 jobs in July -- up nearly 3% from its low point in June 2014 – but thousands of jobs are going unfilled due to the skilled worker shortage, according to the state Department of Labor.
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