Connecticut's slow recovery from the economic havoc created by the COVID-19 pandemic highlights the critical importance of the 2020 General Assembly elections, the state’s largest business organization said today.

Employers added 17,000 jobs to payrolls in November as the pace of job recovery slowed for a second month. Connecticut has now recovered 61% of the historic 291,300 jobs lost in March and April.

Seven of the state’s 10 major industry sectors added jobs last month, led by leisure and hospitality, which added 6,900 positions and has now regained two-thirds of the jobs lost earlier this year.

“While there’s a lot of attention on the U.S. presidential election, we cannot ignore how important the state legislative elections are to rebuilding Connecticut’s economy,” said Eric Gjede, CBIA’s vice president of government affairs.

“We urge voters to do their homework and engage with their local candidates and help get people back working.

“Take the time to understand candidates’ policy positions and their support for policies that will help employers—particularly hard hit small businesses—navigate COVID-19 restrictions and lead the state’s recovery.

“Connecticut needs lawmakers who are focused on supporting our economic recovery, creating a positive climate for job growth and investment, and capitalizing on the state’s many strengths to bring opportunity to all residents.”

Gjede said CBIA’s website has a wealth of state General Assembly candidate information and resources, including legislative voting records and policy recommendations.

CBIA is Connecticut’s largest business organization, with thousands of member companies, small and large, representing a diverse range of industries from every part of the state. For more information, please contact Joe Budd (860.244.1951).