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Connecticut Ranked #39 on Forbes' Best States for Business List

By Staff, on Oct 26, 2015

As of October 2015
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Income inequality is huge in Connecticut, with the disparity most pronounced when comparing southern towns like New Canaan and Greenwich with Hartford, the state’s capital. Business costs are 11% higher than the national average, due in part to energy costs that are 64% higher. The Nutmeg State rates fourth overall for quality of life thanks to low crime, a healthy populous and strong schools.

The World’s Top 10 Most Competitive Economies

By Staff, on Sep 30, 2015

September 30, 2015
By Margareta Drzeniek Hanouz
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Global Top 10

The Global Competitiveness Report 2015-2016 assesses the competitiveness of 140 world economies. Using a mixture of quantitative and survey data, it ranks countries overall by combining 113 indicators grouped under 12 pillars of competitiveness: institutions; infrastructure; macroeconomic environment; health and primary education; higher education and training; goods market efficiency; labour market efficiency; financial market development; technological readiness; market size; business sophistication; and innovation.

US Economy: Small Is Beautiful

By Staff, on Jul 16, 2015

June 16, 2015
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ADP Nonfarm Private Payroll Employment by Company Size

Notwithstanding politicians’ claims, businesses create jobs, not Washington. To be more exact, it is small businesses started and run by entrepreneurs that create most of the jobs in our economy.

ADP, the payroll processing company, compiles data series on employment in the private sector of the US labor market by company size. The series start during January 2005. Since then through June 2015, small companies with 1-49 employees added 5.1 million workers and had payrolls totaling 50.2 million. Medium-sized companies with 50-499 employees added 3.8 million workers and had payrolls totaling 43.0 million. Large companies with 500 workers or more cut 234,000 from their payrolls, which totaled 26.5 million.

Small and medium-sized companies currently account for 42% and 36% of private payrolls, according to ADP. Large companies account for just 22% of total private payrolls, down from 24% at the start of 2005.

CNBC's 2015 Top States for Business

By Staff, on Jun 25, 2015

June 25, 2015
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While our biggest challenges haven’t gone away, Connecticut jumped 13 places--from 42nd to 33rd--in this year’s CNBC America’s Top States for Business rankings based on a top-drawer workforce and an improving economy.