As a 33-year employee of the State of Connecticut Department of Labor, John Tirinzonie serves as Director of Job Development and State Labor Economist. In these positions he provides detailed analysis on the current economic situation in Connecticut and is also responsible for developing occupational and industrial forecasting data. In his position as State Labor Economist, he has often been asked to provide guidance and insight into Connecticut’s economy for Governor M. Jodi Rell. Most recently, John has been appointed by the governor to serve on the Council of Economic Advisors.
He also serves as chair of the CT Learns and Works committee, a coordinated effort among the departments of Labor, Education and Higher Education to promote the link between education and employment. He also manages the Labor Department’s successful Job and Career Fairs that are held throughout the state.
John is also a member of the Hartford Springfield Economic Partnership (HSEP), and serves on the planning committee for the annual college career expo produced by HSEP. He also assisted in the development of Connecticut’s One-Stop CTWorks Career Centers when the Agency was awarded a federal grant to develop a workforce development system to meet the needs of today’s economy.
John received his undergraduate degree at Central Connecticut State University in psychology and economics, and did graduate work at the University of Hartford. A resident of East Hartford, he believes in supporting education among youth and the concept of life-long learning. He is a planning member on the Pat Blanco Scholarship Fund for future athletic teachers and serves as an advisor to the departments of Education and Higher Education, along with various economic development committees regarding career choices and academic courses.