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Despite Hopes, Computer Sector Not Making A Dent In Joblessness


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Walter Bumsch

Walter Bumsch was laid off from one software firm and found a job roughly three months later at COCC, which is one of the few companies in the computer sector adding jobs in Connecticut.

Credit: John Woike / The Hartford Courant

Policymakers, editorial writers and business executives have been wringing their hands for 20 years about why Connecticut can't get it together to have a tech hub like Boston's Route 128, North Carolina's Research Triangle or the Silicon Valley.

Governor Dannel P. Malloy is trying to change that narrative with the landing of a major biotech research nonprofit and, last Thursday (October 6), the launching of the "Startup Connecticut" project to help fast-growing tech firms thrive in Connecticut.

 

But despite a few success stories, most Internet, software and information technology service firms headquartered in the state are not adding many employees. That includes some whose sales are growing rapidly.

From The Hartford Courant
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