According to the Connecticut Department of Labor, as of July 20, 2012, Ridgefield’s labor force totaled 12,275 people. There were 11,549 employed and 726 unemployed for an unemployment rate of 5.9%.

Ridgefield’s unemployment rate was 6.1% in the late spring of 2011, up from 5.8% the year before, and the same rate (6.1%) in 2009.

The state unemployment rate in July 2011 was 8.4%, up from 8.8% in the early summer of 2009. The national unemployment rate was 8.3% as of the end of July.

Ridgefield’s poverty rate, based on 2010 data, was 2.5%. The county’s rate was 8% and the state’s was 9.2%.