STAMFORD, Conn. — Stamford’s unemployment rate at the end of 2012 was the same as at the end of 2011, according to the state Department of Labor.
In December, the city had a labor force of 66,657 workers, with 62,383 with jobs and 4,274 without jobs for an unemployment rate of 6.4 percent, the department said. In 2011, the year also ended with a 6.4 percent unemployment rate even as the city had a larger labor force at 68,548.
In 2012, Stamford saw its highest unemployment rates in July and August at 7.7 percent. The lowest unemployment rate came in April at 6.2 percent, with 4,240 unemployed in a labor force of 68,027, the statistics said.
Stamford's unemployment rate in December was lower than Connecticut’s rate of 7.8 percent, the Fairfield County rate of 7 percent and the national rate of 7.6 percent.
Fairfield County ended the year with a labor force of 466,279, with 433,704 employed and 32,575 unemployed. The rate went up slightly from the same month in 2011, when the labor force was 481,769 with 443,195 employed and 33,182 unemployed for a rate of 6.9 percent, the statistics said.
The state saw a similar increase in the unemployment rate in 2012 compared with 2011 when the labor force was slightly more than 1.9 million with 1.75 million employed, and about 144,963 unemployed for a 7.6 rate. In 2012, the labor force was about 1.85 million, with about 1.7 million employed and 144,393 unemployed.