- Associated Press - Thursday, September 3, 2015

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) - State officials are seeking new jobs for workers about to be laid off at Connecticut Department of Labor job centers and other agencies.

The Office of Policy and Management said Thursday 22 workers have been placed in previously vacant positions. That includes seven who will fill vacant examiner jobs at the Department of Motor Vehicles to help reduce wait times.

Three workers will accept layoffs.

Last month, the state announced that 95 mostly federally funded positions will be eliminated by Oct. 1. The layoffs are due to a $28 million federal funding loss this budget year and a $32 million shortfall next year.

The funding is based on Connecticut’s unemployment rate, which has fallen from a peak of 9.2 percent in 2010 and 2011 to 5.4 percent in July.

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