February 3, 2023

The job cuts in little more than a week at three of Connecticut’s best-known national brands — Pepperidge Farm, LEGO and Sikorsky — could all be “unparalleled,” as Gov. Ned Lamont put it. Turbulence in an otherwise stable, if not spectacular, national economy.

Perhaps. But new data from the US census point to a jolt in the journey that we can’t just wave off: Between mid-2021 and mid-2022, Connecticut lost as many net residents to other states as other states moved here the year after the pandemic — 13,500 in and 13,500 out, or just over a third of 1 percent.

That said, it’s possible that the great U-turn of moving trucks back to the state, a cornerstone of Lamont’s re-election and the state’s post-pandemic self-image, was just a detour in the decades-long drudgery of emigration from the South and the West. And unlike isolated job postings, the aggregate movement of people to and from a place really sets the pulse of wealth.

Between April 1, 2020 and July 1, 2021, the census report shows, Connecticut became the permanent home to 13,471 more people from other parts of the country than we lost to other states. We don’t have a breakdown of where the new Nutmeggers came from – that’s expected in a separate report Thursday – but New York is by far the single largest source.

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