|Private Sector employment declined by 1,000 (-0.1%, 1,450,000 jobs) in April, but remains up over the year by 9,900 jobs (0.7%). The Government declined again (-500, -0.2%, 233,200) last month and remains down over the year (-4,400, -1.8%). The Government, which includes all federal, state and local employment, including public higher education and Native American casinos located on tribal land, remains the largest contributor to job losses in 2017.
Just three of the ten major industry supersectors grew jobs in April 2017 while six declined, and Financial Activities (0,0, 131,200) was unchanged, on a seasonally adjusted basis. The Construction and Mining (2,800, 4.7%, 62,500 jobs) industry supersector led gainers last month. The Construction and Mining supersector now leads in percentage growth over the year (2,500, 4.2%) - tied with Other Services (2,700, 4.2%, 67,400 jobs). This was followed by the Leisure and Hospitality (2,000, 1.3%, 158,000 jobs) which continues to lead in numerical job growth over the year (+5,400, +3.5%). The Other Services (200, 0.3%, 67,400 positions) supersector was the only other to add jobs in April 2017.
The Professional and Business Services supersector (-3,000, -1.4%, 215,700 jobs) was the largest declining industry supersector of the six that lost jobs last month. The entire decline in this sector was attributed to the administrative and support services (-3,000, -3.4%, 85,200) subcomponent. The next largest decline came from the Trade, Transportation & Utilities (-1,400, -0.5%, 297,900 jobs) supersector. The private Education and Health Services (-700, -0.2%, 330,100 jobs) supersector was also lower in April. All of the loss here was from the educational services segment (-1,300, -2.0%, 63,000). Good Friday and possibly some spring vacations at schools during the April survey week may have had an effect here and in local government education. The Manufacturing (-600, -0.4%, 156,000 positions) industry supersector was also lower in job tallies last month. Smaller job losses of 500 in the Government supersector (-500, -0.2%, 233,200) and 300 in the Information (-300, -1.0%, 31,200 jobs) supersector rounded out the month. Government remains the largest job declining major industry supersector in the state (-4,400, -1.9%, OTY) numerically since April 2016, while the Information (-1,000, -3.1%, OTY) supersector leads in the worst percentage job losing industry supersector over the year.
Connecticut has now recovered 74.7% (89,000, about 1,035 jobs per month) of the 119,100 seasonally adjusted jobs lost in the Great Recession (3/08-2/10). The job recovery is into its 86th month and the state needs an additional 30,100 jobs to reach an employment expansion. The state's Private Sector employment has recovered at a better pace, recouping 92.7% (103,500, or about 1,203 per month) of the 111,700 private sector jobs lost in that same employment recession. Only 8,200 jobs are needed to be added to have a fully recovered private sector. The Government supersector has lost a total of 21,900 positions since the recession started in March 2008. This includes an additional 14,500 jobs lost since the state's overall nonfarm employment recovery began in February 2010.