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Darien Unemployment at Lowest Point in Three Years

DARIEN, Conn. – The unemployment rate in Darien at the end of the 2011 was the lowest it has been since 2008.

According to the Connecticut Department of Labor , all but 480 of Darien’s 9,152-member labor force were working. That equals an unemployment rate of 5.2 percent. At the beginning of 2011, that figure was at 6.4 percent. The last time the unemployment rate was that low was in December 2008, when it was at 4.5 percent.

Kate Foster runs the job search support program at the YWCA Darien/Norwalk, which helps women in Fairfield County who are trying to find work. Foster said that, while the YWCA doesn’t keep hard statistics on the success rate of those who come through the program, she feels that unemployment has been relatively flat.

“My sense is that people are still having trouble finding jobs,” she said. The YWCA offers computer classes and counseling to help women spruce up their resumes and gain skills needed in the workforce.

One reason Foster believes it is still difficult to find work is the amount of competition. “The field of people looking for these jobs is huge. For every job available they can have 200 applicants.”

In 2008, Darien’s unemployment rate hovered at 3 percent to 4 percent. After the 2008 economic crisis, the numbers went up and stayed up, reaching as high as 6.8 percent in 2009.

Though she hasn’t seen a major change in the number of people using the YWCA's service or finding jobs, Foster still feels a sense of optimism. “I feel like we may be standing on the edge of a slight change, and that we may start to see an upswing in people finding work.”

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