While every teaching position lost is regrettable due to the personal loss of income for the individuals as well as the impact on students and faculty, I was surprised to see such a low unemployment rate among Connecticut teachers. 1200 out of 50,000 certified teachers in the state means an unemployment rate of 2.4%. The state average unemployment is currently at 8%.
From what I understand, stimulus funds will be flowing into education as well as construction and healthcare as the top three priorities though the money may be slower in coming than many would like. It should be an alert to those entering and already in the college systems to hone skills geared towards these less affected, more poised to rebound areas.