Research Analyst - Durational


Recruitment #230828-6855AR-001


We are currently recruiting for a Durational Research Analyst position

The State of Connecticut, Department of Labor (DOL), is committed to protecting and promoting the interests of Connecticut workers. In order to accomplish this in an ever-changing environment, we assist workers and employers to become competitive in the global economy. We take a comprehensive approach to meeting the needs of workers and employers, and other agencies that serve them. We ensure the supply of high-integrated services that serve the needs of our customers. 

The Office of Research is Connecticut’s leading producer of information and statistics on the economy, workplace, occupations, and careers.  
The Office prepares a variety of print and electronic resources for assessing the state’s needs for skilled workers, assisting in economic development initiatives, aiding in the program planning of education and training providers, and guiding the career choices of job seekers and students.

What We Can Offer You:
  • The opportunity to work for a Forbes top company: 'ForbesState of Connecticut Ranked One of the Best Employers of 2023 - State of CT Receives National Recognition for Offering Job Growth, Competitive Benefits, and Flexible Schedule.
  • NEW: A Platinum Healthcare Plan, the nation’s best for state employees and dependents, according to a report by Georgetown’s Center on Health Insurance Reform and article by Ellen Andrews, Ph.D., along with comprehensive benefit offerings
  • Extensive pension plan and supplemental retirement offerings.
  • Generous paid time off, including 13 paid holidays per calendar year.
  • Professional growth and development opportunities.
  • A healthy work/life balance to all employees.
What you will be doing:
The analyst will be conducting research regarding Connecticut’s unemployment insurance system from an equity perspective and will be reporting those results. In particular, the analyst will conduct research to determine why the target groups are overrepresented in the appeal backlog and overpayment population compared to their representation in the Labor Force. Analyze employer appeal data to determine whether disparities exist when the claimant’s eligibility is disputed by the employer. Analyze the reasons for overpayments. Extract data and generate ongoing demographic reports on the claimant population as they move from initial claims filing to Adjudications and Appeals and document any improvements in reducing disparities. Use the newly created reports to create visualizations for internal use and publication on CTDOL’s website. Develop programs and procedures for producing the analysis, reports, and visualizations on an ongoing basis so that analysis, reports, and visualizations can be updated on a regular basis.

Position Highlights:
  • Full-time, 40 hours per week. 
  • Durational position end date of 12/31/2024.
  • Monday - Friday 8:00 AM - 4:30 PM
  • Wethersfield, CT
  • Hybrid

Selection Plan

  • The minimum experience and training requirements must be met by the close date on the job opening, unless otherwise specified. 
  • Although applicants will receive correspondence via email, as a backup they are also encouraged to sign on to their Personal Status Board on a daily basis to monitor their status, view all emailed notices and complete tasks required in the recruitment process.  
  • In order to comply with Public Act 21-69, the State of Connecticut is no longer asking for resumes during the initial application process.   
  • This posting may require completion of additional referral questions (RQs). You can access these RQs via an email that will be sent to you after the posting's closing date or by visiting your JobAps Personal Status Board (Certification Questionnaires section). Your responses to these RQs must be submitted by the question's expiration date. Please regularly check your email and JobAps Personal Status Board for notifications. Please check your SPAM and/or Junk folders on a daily basis in the event an email provider places auto-notification emails in a user's spam.  
  • Note:  At any point during the recruitment process, applicants may be required to submit additional documentation which support their qualification(s) for this position.  These documents may include:  a cover letter, resume, transcripts, diplomas, performance reviews, attendance records, supervisory references, licensure, etc., at the discretion of the hiring agency.  Applicants must meet the minimum qualifications as indicated to apply for this position.  
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  • Should you have questions pertaining to this recruitment, please contact Liz Pinette at 
  • This position will be filled in accordance with contractual language, reemployment, SEBAC, transfer, promotion and merit employment rules. 
  • The immediate vacancy is listed above, however, applications to this recruitment may be used for future vacancies in this job class. 
  • All application materials must be received by the recruiting agency by the time specified on the job opening for the position for which you are applying. Late applications may not be submitted and will not be considered. Exceptions are rare and limited to documented events that incapacitate a candidate during the entire duration of the job posting time period.  It is the candidate’s obligation and responsibility to request an exception and provide a legally recognized justification to accommodate such exception.  Requests should be made to 


In a state agency this class is accountable for independently performing a full range of tasks in research design and implementation.


  • Develops and implements formal research projects and assists in these activities on more comprehensive and complex research assignments;
  • Analyzes, interprets and prepares data in a variety of ways;
  • Prepares narrative and statistical reports;
  • Develops computerized databases and analyzes and interprets computer generated reports;
  • Performs related duties as required.


  • Knowledge of
    • research methods and techniques;
    • statistics;
  • Skills
    • interpersonal skills;
    • oral and written communication skills;
  • Ability to
    • analyze data;
    • develop programs and use prepackaged computer programs to perform data analysis;
    • understand agency related policies and procedures as they relate to research.


Six (6) years of professional experience in research, data analysis or economics.


  • College training may be substituted for the General Experience on the basis of fifteen (15) semester hours equalling one-half (1/2) year of experience to a maximum of four (4) years for a Bachelor's degree.
  • A Master's degree in economics, statistics or a closely related field may be substituted for one (1) additional year of the General Experience.
  • Successful completion of a Connecticut Careers Trainee program approved by the Department of Administrative Services may be substituted for the General Experience.


  • Experience developing and conducting applied research projects;
  • Experience in the unemployment insurance system or working with unemployment insurance claims data;
  • Experience in analyzing employment, wage and demographic data;
  • Experience in communicating to report results of data analysis in published reports and presentations;
  • Experience in state, municipal, or federal government;
  • Experience with compliance for policies, procedures, and processes for safe, ethical, and secure use of data;
  • Experience working with relational databases - structure, normalization, and primary/foreign keys
  • Experience working with Database Management Systems especially SQL Server;
  • Experience moving data into and out of SQL Server: text files, Excel files, MS Access
  • Experience programming in T-SQL and/or VBA and with general programming concepts (for/next, do/while, if/then, etc.)
  • Experience using tools for data preparation and analysis, such as Excel, MA Access, SAS, STATA or R;
  • Experience creating data visualizations using tools such as Tableau or Power BI
  • Experience managing, cleaning, and analyzing large datasets;
  • Experience working in a fast-paced environment.



The State of Connecticut is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer and strongly encourages the applications of women, minorities, and persons with disabilities.


As defined by Sec. 5-196 of the Connecticut General Statutes, a job class is a position or group of positions that share general characteristics and are categorized under a single title for administrative purposes.  As such, a job class is not meant to be all-inclusive of every task and/or responsibility.