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August 22, 2016

Malloy's low approval rating linked to state economic woes, magazine reports

HBJ File Photo Gov. Dannel P. Malloy

The state of Connecticut’s economic performance is ranked 42nd in the nation, according to Governing Magazine, and that poor showing has a connection to Gov. Dannel P. Malloy’s low, 29-percent approval rating.

For the first time since 2013, the magazine reports it has evaluated state-by-state economic performance, and the extent to which that is associated with each state governor’s approval ratings.

The magazine says it examined six factors, including data from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics and the Bureau of Economic Analysis; the current state unemployment rate; improvement in that rate over the past year; the per capita state Gross Domestic Product in 2015; the percent change in state personal income per capita, and job growth by percentage year-to-date for 2016.

Topping the best performing state economies are Massachusetts, ranked first, then Oregon and Delaware, while the bottom rankings include Wyoming, Alaska and West Virginia.

“No governor in the top 10 states had an approval rating lower than 54 percent,” the magazine reports. Malloy’s approval rating was the lowest of any state.

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