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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: March 26, 2015
Preliminary nonfarm employment estimates for February show Connecticut lost 3,700 (-0.22%, seasonally adjusted) jobs. Six of the ten major industry supersectors were lower in employment in February, while three posted job gains, and the other services supersector was unchanged. Connecticut over-the-year job gains now total 25,800 (1.56%, 2,150 per month) with eight industry supersectors displaying positive job growth, and just two having declined. The current February nonfarm employment level of 1,681,900 virtually matches the latest three-month moving average.

In February private sector declined by 3,500 jobs (-0.24%), and yet Connecticut private sector firms have still increased employment by a solid 24,500 (1.73%) positions since February 2014. Government supersector job gains have been smaller over-the-year (1,300, 0.55%, employment on federally-recognized Indian reservations including casinos is calculated in local government). Monthly government job levels were lower in February 2015 (-200, -0.08%) as well.

Just three of the ten major industry supersectors saw increases in February. Job growth was led by Trade, Transportation & Uutilities (1,300, 0.4%). Retail trade (1,800, 1.0%) bounced back this month after large decline in January while wholesale trade was unchanged and transportation and utilities (-500, -0.9%) was lower. Smaller job gains of just 200 each were seen in the Information (200, 0.6%) and Manufacturing (200, 0.1%) supersectors.

Education and Health Services (-1,800, -0.5%) was the largest of the declining supersectors. It still remains the fastest growing industry supersector (8,600, 2.7%) over the year. Professional and Business Services (-1,500, -0.7%) also saw a sizable loss in February. Some of the employment decline last month came from industries that are typically susceptible to cold and stormy weather like Leisure and Hospitality (-900, -0.6%) and the combined Construction and Mining (-800, -1.4%) supersectors. Restaurants and drinking places were sluggish in leisure and hospitality while specialty trades employment declines held back construction and mining. The Financial Activities (-200, -0.2%) and the Government (-200, -0.1%) supersectors posted 200 job losses each last month. The Other Services supersector was unchanged in February.

Labor Market Information - Connecticut, Employment Sectors & United States Nonfarm Employment
Year to Year Month to Month Previous Three Months
Feb 2015 Feb 2014 Change Rate % Feb 2015 Jan 2015 Change Rate % Dec 2014 Nov 2014 Oct 2014
Graph Follow link below for more charts & data State of Connecticut Employment
go to Connecticut nonfarm employment data table Connecticut Nonfarm Employment 1,681,900 1,656,100 25,800 1.6% 1,681,900 1,685,600 -3,700 -0.2% 1,678,100 1,672,900 1,670,000
go to Private Sector sector data table Private Sector 1,443,500 1,419,000 24,500 1.7% 1,443,500 1,447,000 -3,500 -0.2% 1,440,400 1,435,500 1,432,700
Graph Follow link below for more charts & data Goods Producing Industries
Mining 600 500 100 20.0% 600 600 0 0.0% 600 600 600
go to Construction sector data table Construction 55,000 54,100 900 1.7% 55,000 55,800 -800 -1.4% 54,900 55,700 56,200
go to Manufacturing sector data table Manufacturing 159,200 160,800 -1,600 -1.0% 159,200 159,000 200 0.1% 159,700 158,500 158,800
Graph Follow link below for more charts & data Service Providing Industries
go to Transportation and Public Utilities sector data table Transportation and Public Utilities 303,100 299,600 3,500 1.2% 303,100 301,800 1,300 0.4% 304,100 303,700 302,000
go to Information sector data table Information 31,600 31,900 -300 -0.9% 31,600 31,400 200 0.6% 31,400 31,200 31,500
go to Financial Activities sector data table Financial Activities 129,700 128,700 1,000 0.8% 129,700 129,900 -200 -0.2% 128,300 128,400 128,300
go to Professional and Business Services sector data table Professional and Business Services 215,400 209,800 5,600 2.7% 215,400 216,900 -1,500 -0.7% 214,700 213,800 212,300
go to Educational and Health Services sector data table Educational and Health Services 329,700 321,100 8,600 2.7% 329,700 331,500 -1,800 -0.5% 328,700 327,600 327,100
go to Leisure and Hospitality sector data table Leisure and Hospitality 155,900 149,900 6,000 4.0% 155,900 156,800 -900 -0.6% 155,000 153,100 152,700
go to Other Services sector data table Other Services 63,300 62,600 700 1.1% 63,300 63,300 0 0.0% 63,000 62,900 63,200
go to Government sector data table Government 238,400 237,100 1,300 0.5% 238,400 238,600 -200 -0.1% 237,700 237,400 237,300
Graph Follow link below for more charts & data United States Employment
go to United States nonfarm employment data table United States Nonfarm Employment 141,126,000 137,830,000 3,296,000 2.4% 141,126,000 140,831,000 295,000 0.2% 140,592,000 140,263,000 139,840,000
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