Job creation will be a critical issue in this year's United States Senate election between Democrat candidate Chris Murphy and Republican candidate Linda McMahon.
Former CEO of WWE McMahon and Democratic U.S. Rep. Murphy are vying for the right to succeed Joe Lieberman in the U.S. Senate. Connecticut has not had a Republican senator in more than 30 years.
On Wednesday, Eyewitness News learned that Hartford-based, insurance giant Aetna is laying off 80 employees and Ricoh, who is a maker of digital imaging equipment in Glastonbury, is cutting 57 jobs at the end of the month.
After this recent round of layoffs and with the unemployment rate in Connecticut at almost 9 percent, residents are saying jobs are what matters.
"Well, the economy is important to me," said Peter Susi of Danbury. "We got to get jobs."
Economist Don Klepper-Smith said the country has "gained back less than 50 percent of the jobs lost nationally," but in Connecticut, only 25 percent of jobs have come back.
"In this election, people will be voting their pocket books," he said.
McMahon told Eyewitness News that the government does not create jobs, businesses do. Her plans gives the middle class a tax cut, caps federal business tax rate and eliminates over-regulation and red tape.
"We got lots of things to do to spur our economy. And that's what we need to do," she said. "But, we need to take a look at my plan and contrast that with the no plan Congressman Murphy has."
Murphy said to create jobs we need to invest in our workforce, reduce the deficit and not give tax cuts to the wealthy.
"Linda Mcmahon's job plan is centered around giving herself a $7 million tax cut," he said. "We know that tax cuts to millionaires and billionaires does not create jobs. What we need to do in order to create jobs is invest in our people."
The first debate between the two candidates is on Oct. 7 at 11 a.m. on Eyewitness News.
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