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Labor Market Information - Connecticut, Employment Sectors & United States Nonfarm Employment
  State of Connecticut, Employment Sectors & United States Nonfarm Employment Last Updated: June 15, 2017
Private Sector employment grew by 6,000 (0.4%, 1,454,400 jobs) in May, and remains up over the year by 15,300 jobs (1.1%). Although the Government supersector grew (700, 0.3%, 233,900) last month, it remains down over the year (-4,300, -1.8%). The Government supersector, which includes all federal, state and local employment, including public higher education and Native American casinos located on tribal land, remains the largest source of job losses in 2017.

Seven of the ten major industry supersectors grew jobs in May 2017 while three declined. The private Education and Health Services (3,200, 1.0%, 333,400 jobs) industry supersector was the biggest job generator in May. The educational services segment (2,100, 3.3%, 65,500) was the main source of this growth, but health services (1,100, 0.4%, 267,900) was positive as well. Private Education and Health Services lead in job growth magnitude over the year (6,100, 1.9% OTY). This was followed by the Leisure and Hospitality (1,600, 1.0%, 158,000 jobs) and Professional and Business Services (1,600, 0.7%, 217,100 jobs) both adding 1,600 positions. The Financial Activities supersector (800, 0.6%, 132,600) was also higher in May 2017. While the overall Government supersector (700, 0.3%, 233,900) posted a gain in May, the state government portion was still lower (-500, -0.8%, 65,400) over the month. The Other Services (500, 0.7%, 67,700 positions) supersector added a small number of jobs and now leads in percentage job growth (3,200, 5.0% OTY) since May 2017. The Trade, Transportation & Utilities (300, 0.1%, 297,100 jobs) industry supersector was just slightly higher last month.

Manufacturing (-900, -0.6%, 155,800 jobs) was the largest declining industry supersector of the three that lost jobs in May 2017. This important industry is only slightly lower (-300, -0.2% OTY) over the year. Construction and Mining (-600,-1.0%, 61,700) was next in losses last month, with building industries coming off a big 2,600 gain in April. A smaller job loss of 500 from the Information (-500, -1.6%, 31,000 jobs) industry supersector rounded out declining industries for the month. The Information (-1,300, -4.0%, OTY) supersector now leads in percentage losses over the year.

Connecticut has now recovered 79.0% (94,100, or an average of 1,082 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 87th month and the state needs an additional 25,000 jobs to reach an employment expansion. The state's private sector has recovered at faster pace, regaining 96.6% (107,900 or about 1,240 per month) of the 111,700 private sector jobs lost in that same employment downturn. Just 3,800 more jobs are needed to be added to have a fully recovered private sector. The Government supersector has lost a total of 21,200 positions since the recession began in March 2008. This includes an additional 13,800 jobs lost since the state's overall nonfarm employment recovery began in February 2010 – hindering the recovery.

Labor Market Information - Connecticut, Employment Sectors & United States Nonfarm Employment
Year to Year Month to Month Previous Three Months
May 2017 May 2016 Change Rate % May 2017 Apr 2017 Change Rate % Mar 2017 Feb 2017 Jan 2017
Graph Follow link below for more charts & data State of Connecticut Employment
go to Connecticut nonfarm employment data table Connecticut Nonfarm Employment 1,688,300 1,677,300 11,000 0.7% 1,688,300 1,681,600 6,700 0.4% 1,684,700 1,684,100 1,684,000
go to Private Sector sector data table Private Sector 1,454,400 1,439,000 15,400 1.1% 1,454,400 1,448,400 6,000 0.4% 1,451,000 1,450,500 1,450,300
Graph Follow link below for more charts & data Goods Producing Industries
go to Construction sector data table Construction 61,100 59,100 2,000 3.4% 61,100 61,700 -600 -1.0% 59,100 59,300 58,000
go to Manufacturing sector data table Manufacturing 155,800 156,100 -300 -0.2% 155,800 156,700 -900 -0.6% 156,600 155,700 156,100
Graph Follow link below for more charts & data Service Providing Industries
go to Transportation and Public Utilities sector data table Transportation and Public Utilities 297,100 298,400 -1,300 -0.4% 297,100 296,800 300 0.1% 299,300 300,600 302,400
go to Information sector data table Information 31,000 32,300 -1,300 -4.0% 31,000 31,500 -500 -1.6% 31,500 31,200 31,500
go to Financial Activities sector data table Financial Activities 132,600 129,800 2,800 2.2% 132,600 131,800 800 0.6% 131,200 131,100 131,600
go to Professional and Business Services sector data table Professional and Business Services 217,100 217,700 -600 -0.3% 217,100 215,500 1,600 0.7% 218,700 218,600 217,400
go to Educational and Health Services sector data table Educational and Health Services 333,400 327,300 6,100 1.9% 333,400 330,200 3,200 1.0% 330,800 331,800 327,900
go to Leisure and Hospitality sector data table Leisure and Hospitality 158,000 153,300 4,700 3.1% 158,000 156,400 1,600 1.0% 156,000 155,600 158,400
go to Other Services sector data table Other Services 67,700 64,500 3,200 5.0% 67,700 67,200 500 0.7% 67,200 66,000 66,400
go to Government sector data table Government 233,900 238,200 -4,300 -1.8% 233,900 233,200 700 0.3% 233,700 233,600 233,700
Graph Follow link below for more charts & data United States Employment
go to United States nonfarm employment data table United States Nonfarm Employment 146,135,000 143,869,000 2,266,000 1.6% 146,135,000 145,997,000 138,000 0.1% 145,823,000 145,773,000 145,541,000
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