On Tuesday, Governor Dannel P. Malloy asked his department leaders to focus their efforts on hiring for the summer as a way to help Connecticut offset job losses caused by the recession.
“Connecticut’s falling unemployment rate is good news, but we still have a lot of work ahead of us,” said Malloy in a press release. “Any one of these jobs can make a difference to someone who is unemployed or a young person looking to gain work experience. I want to ensure that we are casting a wide net, so that we can both help people who face specific employment challenges and stimulate our economy.”
The Office of Policy and Management recently approved 1,252 full and part-time seasonal positions within state agencies, a large majority of which are with the Department of Energy and Environmental Protection.
“Connecticut has now recovered just over 30 percent of the 117,000 jobs that were lost during the recession and this is good news for those residents who have found new employment,” noted State Labor Commissioner Glenn Marshall in the release. “But for those jobseekers having difficulty finding a new position, these openings can provide excellent short-term employment opportunities as they continue their job search.”
The release said agencies will staff camps and respite activities for disabled residents, state park maintenance teams, and operations crews for recreational facilities. Funded through a variety of state, federal and private resources, agencies will work with the Department of Labor to reach out to the unemployed and other targeted groups, and with the Department of Administrative Services to widely post information on each position.