AFTER a three-year recession, most of New England is showing solid signs of recovery. But the tough times are lingering in Connecticut.

Defense-related industries, which employ about six out of every 100 workers in the Nutmeg State, show no signs of renewal. The insurance industry -- the state's second-biggest employer -- paid out a staggering $18 billion to $20 billion of property casualty claims last year, according to recent estimates, and layoffs of Connecticut's insurers continue.

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