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April 20th Weekly Connecticut Initial and Continuing Unemployment Insurance Claims
Break down unemployment claims by age, education, industry, gender, town, RNO and wages can offer valuable insight for planning and budgeting purposes, and for developing responsible strategies for re-opening the state during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Apr. 20th
2021
April 19th Labor Market Information At-A-Glance
At-A-Glance is a monthly pamphlet that contains the latest updates for data items most frequently requested by the Office of Research
March 2021 CT Labor Market Information At-A-Glance (PDF) March
2021
April 16th April 10th, 2021 Extra Issue #52 Conference Board Help Wanted OnLine Data Series
During the week ending April 10rd, 2021, there were 4,350 new postings, down 3,026 ads from a week ago and down 3,115 from four weeks ago. This most recent week of total new ads is the lowest level in 6 weeks. Most of this sizeable shift occurred in Health Care & Social Assistance (-621 new ads), Information (-248 new ads), and Educational Services (-228 new ads). Employers with the largest over the week decline include Yale University (-146 new ads), The State of Connecticut (-111 new ads), and Allied Universal (-51 new ads). The two occupations with the largest ad declines are Registered Nurses (-157 new ads) and Retail Salespersons (-120 new ads). Despite this most recent weekly dip, overall new ads since March has been the highest combined six week count of the past year.

Most sectors had job posting decreases over the week ending April 10th and three had a combined increase of 10 ads. Most of the overall decrease occurred in Health Care & Social Assistance (-621 new ads), Information (-248 new ads), and Educational Services (-228 new ads). Total ads with unspecified industry classification were also down 600 ads over the week. These four new ad declines account for 57 percent of the total decline that occurred over the week. Of the 18 decreasing sectors, over the week percent change ranged from -15% (Retail Trade) to -79% (Agriculture, Forestry, Fishing and Hunting).

Employers with the most new job postings during the week ending April 10th, 2021 were mostly in Retail Trade, Finance & Insurance, and Health Care & Social Assistance. The 25 employers shown above account for 20 percent of all new ads. Of the top 25 employers, 18 had over the week increases, and 7 had decreases. Among the 18 increasing employers, the largest occurred at Dollar Tree (+35 new ads) and Advantage Sales & Marketing (+28 new ads). The largest decreases over the week occurred at UnitedHealth Group (-47 new ads). Over Four weeks, 17 employers had increases and 8 had decreases, the largest of each being The Home Depot (+55 new ads) and Hartford Healthcare (-50 new ads).

The Conference Board Help Wanted OnLine Data Series (HWOL) measures the number of new, first-time online jobs and jobs reposted from the previous month for over 16,000 Internet job boards, corporate boards and smaller job sites that serve niche markets and smaller geographic areas. The data can be used as a real-time measure of labor demand.

Extra Issue #52 April 10th 2021 HWOL (PDF)

Extra Issue #52 April 10th HWOL (Word Doc)

April 10th
2021
April 16th Local Area Unemployment Statistics
The Local Area Unemployment Statistics (LAUS) program produces monthly employment, unemployment, and labor force data for Census regions and divisions, States, counties, metropolitan areas, and many cities, by place of residence.
March 2021 Local Area Unemployment Towns Statistics (PDF)
March 2021 CT LAUS (xlsx)
March
2021
April 16th Connecticut Labor Situation
Connecticut nonfarm employment increased 5,400 (0.3%) in March 2021. Statewide total payroll employment is currently 103,000 (-6.1%) positions below year-ago levels at 1,580,300 jobs. Connecticut has now recovered 176,400 nonfarm jobs (60.3%) of the 292,400 positions lost in March and April 2020 due to the COVID-19 lockdown. Connecticut nonfarm industry employment estimates are from the business establishment survey directed by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) for the Current Employment Statistics (CES) program.
March 2021 Connecticut Labor Situation PDF
March 2021 Connecticut Labor Situation (xlsx)


March
2021

April 15th Private Sector employment grew by 5,000 positions (0.4%) to 1,359,000 in March 2021 but is still lower by 89,900 (-6.2%) jobs from the same month a year ago. The Government supersector also added 400 jobs (0.2%) last month at 221,300 and is lower by 13,100 (-5.6%) positions over the year. This gain broke a string of four consecutive monthly public sector job losses. The Government supersector includes all federal, state, and local employment, including public education and Native American casino employment located on tribal reservation land.

Seven of the ten major industry supersectors had employment gains in March 2021, while three declined.

Increasing industry supersectors (7) included:

Three industry supersectors (3) posted March 2021 (P) declines.


1990 - Current

April 15th CES Statewide Production Workers Hours & Earnings
The Private Sector workweek, not seasonally adjusted, averaged 34.2 hours in March 2021, up seven-tenths of an hour from March 2020 (2.1%). Average hourly earnings at $33.52, not seasonally adjusted, were lower by $0.27 (-0.8%) from the March 2020 estimate of $33.79. Average March 2021 Private Sector weekly wages tallied $1,146.38, up $14.41 from a year ago (1.3%).
March 2021 CES Statewide Production Workers Hours & Earnings (xls) March
2021
April 15th Labor Market Area Employment: Charts and Trends
Five of the six Connecticut LMAs, seasonally adjusted by the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), had employment increases in March 2021, while the Hartford-West Hartford-East Hartford LMA (-0.04%, 548,500) lost 200 positions. The New Haven LMA (2.0%, 287,300) led all regional employment gains, adding 5,500 jobs. The Bridgeport-Stamford-Norwalk LMA (0.3%, 373,900) also increased 1,100 jobs and the Norwich-New London-Westerly LMA (0.8%, 115,300) recovered 900 positions. The Danbury LMA (0.3%, 71,400) added 200 jobs and the Waterbury LMA (0.2%, 65,100) also was higher by 100 in March 2021.
1990 - Current
April 15th Workforce Sectors: March 2021 Connecticut Economic Scorecard Update
Levels, changes from the previous period, and year-to-year changes, in the number of Nonfarm EmploymentResidents Employed and Residents Unemployed, the Unemployment Rate, the size of the Labor Force, and the Average Weekly Initial Claims - the number of those filing initial, new and additional, claims for unemployment. All workforce sector indicators are seasonally adjusted figures.
2021 Workforce Sector Scorecard (PDF)
Download Workforce Scorecard Data 2001 - 2021
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2021
April 15th Workforce Trends:2001 - 2021 Connecticut Economic Scorecard Update
Taken together, this group of six economic indicators presents an overall picture of the current conditions in the Connecticut labor market. Current levels and the change from the previous period, as well as the year-to-year changes in the number of Nonfarm EmploymentResidents Employed and Residents Unemployed, the Unemployment Rate, the size of the Labor Force, and the Average Weekly Initial Claims - the number of those filing initial, new and additional, claims for unemployment. See the levels, changes from the previous period, helpful graphs, year-to-year changes and downloadable data for the years 2001-2021.
March 2021 CT Economic Workforce Trends (PDF) 2001 - Current
April 15th Workforce Sector Scorecard History
Historical economic scorecard results for the last decade, includes all yearly numbers for six workforce indicators.
2001-2021 Workforce Sector Scorecard History (PDF) 2001 - Current
April 13th Consumer Price Index for All Urban Consumers (CPI-U)
The Consumer Price Index for All Urban Consumers (CPI-U) increased 0.6 percent in March on a seasonally adjusted basis after rising 0.4 percent in February, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reported today. The March 1-month increase was the largest rise since a 0.6-percent increase in August 2012. Over the last 12 months, the all items index increased 2.6 percent before seasonal adjustment.

The gasoline index continued to increase, rising 9.1 percent in March and accounting for nearly half of the seasonally adjusted increase in the all items index. The natural gas index also rose, contributing to a 5.0-percent increase in the energy index over the month. The food index rose 0.1 percent in March, with the food at home index and the food away from home index both also rising 0.1 percent.

The index for all items less food and energy rose 0.3 percent in March. The shelter index increased in March as did the motor vehicle insurance index, the recreation index, and the household furnishings and operations index. Indexes which decreased over the month include apparel and education.

The all items index rose 2.6 percent for the 12 months ending March, a much larger increase than the 1.7-percent reported for the period ending in February. The index for all items less food and energy rose 1.6 percent over the last 12 months, after increasing 1.3 percent over the 12 month period ending in February. The food index rose 3.5 percent over the last 12 months, while the energy index increased 13.2 percent over that period.

March 2021 Consumer Price Index (PDF)
March 2021 Consumer Price Index
March
2021
April 13th Weekly Connecticut Initial and Continuing Unemployment Insurance Claims
Break down unemployment claims by age, education, industry, gender, town, RNO and wages can offer valuable insight for planning and budgeting purposes, and for developing responsible strategies for re-opening the state during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Apr. 13th
2021
April 9th April 3rd, 2021 Extra Issue #51 Conference Board Help Wanted OnLine Data Series
During the week ending April 3rd, 2021, there were 7,303 new postings, up 1,065 ads from a week ago and up 1,017 from four weeks ago. This most recent week of total new ads is the second highest level since the pandemic began over a year ago. It is just 2.1 percent less than the 52 week high of 7,465 which occurred during the week ending March 13th, 2021. Industries that drove this over the week increase include Information (+277 new ads), Retail Trade (+170 new ads), and Health Care & Social Assistance (+152 new ads). Most industries saw gains over the week, only five sectors were down a combined -127 new ads. Employers with the most new ads include Yale University (174 new ads), The State of Connecticut (+115 new ads), and The Home Depot (+93 new ads). The two occupations with the most job ads Registered Nurses and Retail Salespersons saw large gains, respectively up 36% and 30% from a week ago. Overall, the past five weeks have had the highest combined new ad count since the pandemic lockdown of early last year.

Fifteen sectors had job posting increases over the week ending April 3rd, two were unchanged, and four had decreases. Most of the overall increase occurred in Information (+227 new ads), Retail Trade (+170 new ads), and Health Care & Social Assistance (+152 new ads). Increasing sectors added a combined 1,192 new ads and decreasing sectors fell a combined -127 new ads. Over four weeks, sixteen sectors had increases and five had decreases. The largest four-week increases occurred in Retail Trade (+288 new ads), Information (+165 new ads) and Educational Services (+131 new ads). Combined four-week new ad decreases across the five decreasing industries was -131 new ads, with most of that occurring in Manufacturing (-86 new ads).

Employers with the most new job postings during the week ending April 3rd, 2021 were mostly in Retail Trade, Finance & Insurance, Retail Trade, and Health Care. The 25 employers shown above account for 16 percent of all new ads. Of the top 25 employers, 16 had over the week increases, one was unchanged, and 8 had decreases. Among the 16 increasing employers, the largest occurred at Yale University (+118 new ads) and the State of Connecticut (+113 new ads). The largest decreases over the week occurred at UnitedHealth Group (-33 new ads). Over Four weeks, 15 employers had increases and 10 had decreases, the largest of each being Yale University (+156 new ads) and Merck & Company (-81 new ads).

The Conference Board Help Wanted OnLine Data Series (HWOL) measures the number of new, first-time online jobs and jobs reposted from the previous month for over 16,000 Internet job boards, corporate boards and smaller job sites that serve niche markets and smaller geographic areas. The data can be used as a real-time measure of labor demand.

Extra Issue #51 April 3rd 2021 HWOL (PDF)

Extra Issue #51 April 3rd HWOL (Word Doc)

April 3rd
2021
April 5th Weekly Connecticut Initial and Continuing Unemployment Insurance Claims
Break down unemployment claims by age, education, industry, gender, town, RNO and wages can offer valuable insight for planning and budgeting purposes, and for developing responsible strategies for re-opening the state during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Apr. 5th
2021
April 5th April 2021 Connecticut Economic Digest
The Connecticut Economic Digest's purpose is to regularly provide users with a comprehensive source for the most current, up-to-date data available on the workforce and economy of the state, within perspectives of the region and nation.
April 2021 CT Economic Digest (PDF, 409K) April
2021
April 5th A look at Connecticut's Bioscience Industry Employment - April 2021 Economic Digest article #1
The events of the past year have highlighted the importance of Bioscience. The immediate need for pandemic mitigation resulted in a global mobilization that rapidly produced vaccines and increased medical equipment production. Bioscience doesn't fall within a specific North American Industrial Classification System (NAICS) industry code and contains a broad cross-section of service industries and goods producing industries such as pharmaceutical, chemical, and medical device manufacturing.1 In February 2012, the Connecticut Economic Digest published an article on Bioscience which overviewed key industries that make up that sector in the state.2 The table below uses the bioscience industry cluster defined in that article and shows that in 2019 (the last year of annual data), the state had over a thousand Bioscience establishments that employed over 23,000 workers. This industry definition doesn't account for the total impact of Bioscience on overall employment given spillover effects on other sectors such as Education and Health Care, and it doesn't account for the total labor supply of available workers given that many employed in other forms of manufacturing or research & development have compatible occupational skills that would be relevant to an employer looking to expand in the state.

The pie chart illustrates that across all Bioscience industries, about half are in the service sector and half are in the goods producing sector. Among the 8 industries, the largest two industries, Research & Development in Sciences (32%) and Medical Equipment & Supplies Manufacturing (28%) account for about half of Bioscience employment in the state. [ read more ]

April 2021 Digest article #1 A look at Connecticut's Bioscience Industry Employment (PDF)

April 2021 Digest article #1 A look at Connecticut's Bioscience Industry Employment (docx)

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April 5th Update on Property Taxation - April 2021 Economic Digest article #2
From the Lake Chaffee Improvement Association (Ashford) to the Borough of Jewett City (Griswold) to sandy Miami Beach (Old Lyme), property taxes1 levied by Connecticut's 169 municipalities and 310 taxing districts finance public education, safety, and infrastructure as well as some private roads and security. Real estate, motor vehicle, and personal property taxes constitute more than half of city, town, and district revenue and 98.5% of local tax collection to finance services provided by jurisdictions shown in Table 1. This article outlines local tax-assessment structures and describes novel solutions the city of Hartford developed to balance taxation among homeowners and commercial property owners. The Hartford example was chosen because its methods affect a broad cross section of property-tax payers rather than targeted relief offered by many of Connecticut's municipalities. The article concludes by describing the Massachusetts and New York experiences with property taxation limits.

While local officials administer property assessment and taxation, state law governs the manner in which municipal assessors determine property value, assessment ratios,2 and tax-collection procedures. Additionally, state statute authorizes tax exemptions, credits, and abatements. Despite extensive public discussion about property tax reduction, state law has changed little beyond mandating abatements for veterans and offering municipalities tax relief options for people with disabilities and the elderly as well as permitting the phase-in of assessment increases over as many as five years to delay property tax increases resulting from reassessment. [ read more ]

April 2021 Digest article #2 Update on Property Taxation (PDF)

April 2021 Digest article #2 Update on Property Taxation (docx)

April
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April 1st March 27th, 2021 Extra Issue #50 Conference Board Help Wanted OnLine Data Series
During the week ending March 27th, 2021, there were 6,238 new postings, up 313 ads from a week ago and up 2,015 from four weeks ago. This over the week increase positions the week ending March 27th as the third highest new ad level over the past 12 months, with the three highest occurring all within the past four weeks. Industries that drove this increase include Educational Services (+100 new ads over the week), Retail Trade (+55 new ads over the week), and Professional, Scientific, & Technical Services (+31 new ads over the week). Though many industries had increases, others were down. The largest over the week declines occurred in Manufacturing (-92 new ads), Health Care & Social Assistance (-82 new ads), and Accommodation & Food Services (-46 new ads). Overall, the month of March had the highest total new ad count of past 12 months.

Twelve sectors had job posting decreases over the week ending March 27th and 7 had increases, and one was unchanged. Most of the overall increase over the week occurred in unspecified industry ads. The largest decreases occurred in Manufacturing (-92 new ads), Health Care & Social Assistance (-82 new ads) and Accommodation & Food Services (-46 new ads). The largest industry increases occurred in Educational Services (+100 new ads), Retail Trade (+55 new ads), and Professional, Scientific, & Technical Services (+31 new ads). Over Four weeks, every industry group had sizable increases, the largest being Retail Trade (+316 over four weeks), Health Care & Social Assistance (+250 over four weeks), and Accommodation & Food Service (+179 over four weeks).

Employers with the most new job postings during the week ending March 27th, 2021 were mostly in Finance & Insurance, Retail Trade, and Health Care. The 25 employers shown above account for 15 percent of all new ads. Of the top 25 employers, 14 had over the week increases and 11 had decreases. Among the 14 increasing employers, the largest occurred at UnitedHealth Group (+71 new ads) and BJ's Wholesale Club (+48 new ads). The largest decreases over the week occurred at Hartford Healthcare (-31 new ads). Over Four weeks, 23 employers had increases and 2 had decreases, the largest of each being UnitedHealth Group (+77 new ads), BJ's Wholesale Club (+59 new ads), and Yale University (+46 new ads).

The Conference Board Help Wanted OnLine Data Series (HWOL) measures the number of new, first-time online jobs and jobs reposted from the previous month for over 16,000 Internet job boards, corporate boards and smaller job sites that serve niche markets and smaller geographic areas. The data can be used as a real-time measure of labor demand.

Extra Issue #50 March 27th 2021 HWOL (PDF)

Extra Issue #50 March 27th HWOL (Word Doc)

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March 30th Weekly Connecticut Initial and Continuing Unemployment Insurance Claims
Break down unemployment claims by age, education, industry, gender, town, RNO and wages can offer valuable insight for planning and budgeting purposes, and for developing responsible strategies for re-opening the state during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Mar. 29th
2021
March 29th March 20th, 2021 Extra Issue #49 Conference Board Help Wanted OnLine Data Series
During the week ending March 20th, 2021, there were 5,925 new postings, down 1,540 ads from a week ago and up 5% from four weeks ago. This decline follows the highest weekly new ad count in over a year and is the fifth highest level over the past 52 weeks. Every industry declined over the week, but most were up over four weeks. About half of the over the week declines occurred in five industries, Health Care & Social Assistance (19% of weekly declines), Educational Services (-11%), Pro.,Sci.,&Tech. Services (7%), Retail Trade (7%), and Manufacturing (5%).

Every sector had job posting decreases over the week ending March 20th. The largest over the week decreases include Health Care & Social Assistance (-281 new ads or -20%), Educational Services (-165 new ads or 49%), and Professional, Scientific, and Technical Services (-110 new ads or -24%). Over four weeks seven had decreases and fourteen had increases. The largest increase over four weeks occurred in Accommodation & Food Services (+204 new ads or +83%) and the largest decrease occurred in Health Care and Social Assistance (-180 new ads or -14%).

Employers with the most new job postings during the week ending March 20th, 2021 were mostly in Finance & Insurance, Retail Trade, and Health Care. The 25 employers shown above account for 15 percent of all new ads. Of the top 25 employers, 14 had over the week increases and 11 had decreases. Among the 14 increasing employers, the largest occurred at Boston Market (+61 new ads) and Quest Diagnostics Inc. (+34 new ads). The largest decreases over the week occurred at Yale-New Haven Health System (-53 new ads). Over Four weeks, 19 employers had increases and 6 had decreases, the largest of each being Quest Diagnostics Inc. (+38 new ads) and Hartford Healthcare (-169 new ads).

The Conference Board Help Wanted OnLine Data Series (HWOL) measures the number of new, first-time online jobs and jobs reposted from the previous month for over 16,000 Internet job boards, corporate boards and smaller job sites that serve niche markets and smaller geographic areas. The data can be used as a real-time measure of labor demand.

Extra Issue #49 March 20th 2021 HWOL (PDF)

Extra Issue #49 March 20th HWOL (Word Doc)

March 20th
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March 26th Local Area Unemployment Statistics (LAUS)
The Local Area Unemployment Statistics (LAUS) program produces monthly employment, unemployment, and labor force data for Census regions and divisions, States, counties, metropolitan areas, and many cities, by place of residence.
Benchmarked
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March 24th Conference Board Help Wanted OnLine Data Series
Total postings in Connecticut was 51,685 in February 2021.

Industry sectors with the most job postings were Health Care and Social Assistance (9,910 postings), Retail Trade (6,320 postings), Finance and Insurance (4,129 posting), Manufacturing (3,629 postings), and Professional, Scientific, and Technical Services (3,455 postings).

Occupations with the most postings were Registered Nurses (2,056 postings), Retail Salesperson (1,646 postings), Sales Representatives, Wholesale and Manufacturing (1,379 postings) Supervisors of Retail Sales Workers (1,347 postings) and Customer Service Representatives (964 postings).

The Conference Board Help Wanted OnLine Data Series (HWOL) measures the number of new, first-time online jobs and jobs reposted from the previous month for over 16,000 Internet job boards, corporate boards and smaller job sites that serve niche markets and smaller geographic areas. The data can be used as a real-time measure of labor demand.

March 2021 HWOL (PDF)

March 2021 HWOL (Powerpoint Doc)

March
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March 23rd Weekly Connecticut Initial and Continuing Unemployment Insurance Claims
Break down unemployment claims by age, education, industry, gender, town, RNO and wages can offer valuable insight for planning and budgeting purposes, and for developing responsible strategies for re-opening the state during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Mar. 22nd
2021
March 22nd March 2021 Connecticut Economic Digest
The Connecticut Economic Digest's purpose is to regularly provide users with a comprehensive source for the most current, up-to-date data available on the workforce and economy of the state, within perspectives of the region and nation.
March 2021 CT Economic Digest (PDF) March
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March 22nd Connecticut's Economy Shrinks Due to the Pandemic in 2020 - Mar 2021 Economic Digest article
Employment fell sharply in Connecticut for the first time since 2010 and the overall economy shrank in 2020. After having increased for eight straight years, the revised annual average total nonfarm employment fell slightly in 2019, and drastically last year, due to the impact from the pandemic. Correspondingly, last year's unemployment rate rose significantly, while after having increased in the last six years, real personal income fell markedly. Not surprisingly the value of annual diffusion index of 58 state economic indicators dropped dramatically as well in 2020.

As in past years, this article focuses on the annual average. However, 2020 was unusual for many reasons. There were sharp job declines concentrated in a few months in the first half of the year followed by several months of strong growth - although not strong enough to fully overcome the large job losses caused by the pandemic. [ read more ]

March 2021 Digest article (PDF)

March 2021 Digest article (docx)

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March 19th March 13th, 2021 Extra Issue #48 Conference Board Help Wanted OnLine Data Series
During the week ending March 13th, 2021, there were 7,465 new postings, up 19% ads from a week ago and up 86% from four weeks ago. This is the highest new ad count in over a year and is shown in the graph below exceeding the prior peak of 7,242 new ads for the week ending March 7th, 2020. This growth was driven by the Health Care & Social Assistance, Retail Trade, and Accommodation & Food Service industries, which accounted for a combined 41% of the 1,179 new ad increase over the week. Occupations with the largest over the week increase include Wholesale & Manufacturing Sales Representatives (+58 new ads or +38%), Security Guards (+56 new ads or +200%), and Medical & Health Service Managers (+52 new ads or +68%).

Most sectors had job posting increases over the week ending March 13th. The largest over the week increases include Health Care & Social Assistance (+333 new ads or +26%), Retail Trade (+193 new ads or 15%), and Accommodation & Food Service (+125 new ads or +37%). Five sectors had a combined 105 new ad decrease over the week, Information (-60 new ads) had the largest decline. Every sector had ad increases over four weeks. Major sector four week increases include Health Care & Social Assistance (+767 new ads or +114%), Accommodation & Food Service (+352 new ads or +320%), and Manufacturing (+221 new ads or +61%).

Employers with the most new job postings during the week ending March 13th, 2021 were mostly in Finance & Insurance, Retail Trade, and Health Care. The 25 employers shown above account for 14 percent of all new ads. Of the top 25 employers, 21 had over the week increases and 4 had decreases. Among the 21 increasing employers, the largest occurred at The Home Depot (+50 new ads), Genesis Healthcare Corporation (+42 new ads) and Yale University (+41 new ads). All but one employer in the top 25 increased over four weeks, the largest were Yale-New Haven Health System (+79 new ads), the State of Connecticut (+61 new ads), and Hartford Healthcare (+47 new ads).

The Conference Board Help Wanted OnLine Data Series (HWOL) measures the number of new, first-time online jobs and jobs reposted from the previous month for over 16,000 Internet job boards, corporate boards and smaller job sites that serve niche markets and smaller geographic areas. The data can be used as a real-time measure of labor demand.

Extra Issue #48 FMarch 13th 2021 HWOL (PDF)

Extra Issue #48 March 13th HWOL (Word Doc)

March 13th
2021
March 12th March 6th, 2021 Extra Issue #47 Conference Board Help Wanted OnLine Data Series
During the week ending March 6th, 2021, there were 6,286 new postings, up 49% ads from a week ago, the highest weekly new ad count since the week ending March 7th, 2020. This increase was driven by Health Care, Manufacturing, and Retail Trade, which accounted for a combined 44% of over the week increases. When compared to job ads from the first week of March 2020, current weekly new ads are proportionally higher in Manufacturing, Information, and Professional Services while proportionally lower in Finance & Insurance, Retail Trade, and Accommodations and Food Services.

Every sector except Other Services had job posting increases over the week ending March 6th. The largest sector increases over the week occurred in Health Care and Social Assistance (+430 new ads or +53%), Manufacturing (+275 new ads or 80%), and Retail Trade (+198 new ads or +53%). These three industries accounted for 44 percent of total over the week increases while being less than 39 percent of overall new ads. Most industries had sizable percent increases over the week, some of the largest had by major industries include Information (+125% or 124 new ads), Educational Services (+116% or 170 new ads), and Manufacturing (+80% or +275 new ads).

Employers with the most new job postings during the week ending February 27th, 2021 were mostly in Finance & Insurance, Health Care, and Retail Trade. The 25 employers shown above account for 16 percent of all new ads. Of the top 25 employers, 20 had over the week increases and 5 had decreases. The 20 increasing employers had a combined 519 new ad decrease, the largest occurred in Merck & Company (+111 new ads) and Fiserv (+79 new ads). Among the 5 decreasing employers in the top 25, the State of Connecticut (-49 new ads) and Stamford Hospital (-44 new ads) had the largest decreases. Over two weeks, most of the top 25 employers had increases, the largest was Merck & Company (+111 new ads) and the largest decrease was The State of Connecticut (-36 new ads).

The Conference Board Help Wanted OnLine Data Series (HWOL) measures the number of new, first-time online jobs and jobs reposted from the previous month for over 16,000 Internet job boards, corporate boards and smaller job sites that serve niche markets and smaller geographic areas. The data can be used as a real-time measure of labor demand.

Extra Issue #47 FMarch 6th 2021 HWOL (PDF)

Extra Issue #47 March 6th HWOL (Word Doc)

March 6th
2021
March 10th Consumer Price Index for All Urban Consumers (CPI-U)
The Consumer Price Index for All Urban Consumers (CPI-U) increased 0.4 percent in February on a seasonally adjusted basis after rising 0.3 percent in January, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reported today. Over the last 12 months, the all items index increased 1.7 percent before seasonal adjustment.

The gasoline index continued to increase, rising 6.4 percent in February and accounting for over half of the seasonally adjusted increase in the all items index. The electricity and natural gas indexes also increased, and the energy index rose 3.9 percent over the month. The food index rose 0.2 percent in February, with the index for food at home and the index for food away from home both rising.

The index for all items less food and energy rose 0.1 percent in February. The indexes for shelter, recreation, medical care, and motor vehicle insurance all increased over the month. The indexes for airline fares, used cars and trucks, and apparel all declined in February.

The all items index rose 1.7 percent for the 12 months ending February, a larger increase than the 1.4-percent reported for the period ending in January. The index for all items less food and energy rose 1.3 percent over the last 12 months, a smaller increase than the 1.4-percent rise for the 12 months ending January. The food index rose 3.6 percent over the last 12 months, while the energy index increased 2.4 percent over that period.

February 2021 Consumer Price Index (PDF)
February 2021 Consumer Price Index
February
2021
March 8th Weekly Connecticut Initial and Continuing Unemployment Insurance Claims
Break down unemployment claims by age, education, industry, gender, town, RNO and wages can offer valuable insight for planning and budgeting purposes, and for developing responsible strategies for re-opening the state during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Mar. 8th
2021
March 8th Conference Board Help Wanted OnLine Data Series
Total postings in Connecticut was 48,714 in January 2021.

Industry sectors with the most job postings were Health Care and Social Assistance (9,910 postings), Retail Trade (6,320 postings), Finance and Insurance (4,129 posting), Manufacturing (3,629 postings), and Professional, Scientific, and Technical Services (3,455 postings).

Occupations with the most postings were Registered Nurses (1,993 postings), Retail Salesperson (1,736 postings), Supervisors of Retail Sales Workers (1,313 postings) Sales Representatives, Wholesale and Manufacturing (1,268 postings) and Customer Service Representatives (914 postings).

The Conference Board Help Wanted OnLine Data Series (HWOL) measures the number of new, first-time online jobs and jobs reposted from the previous month for over 16,000 Internet job boards, corporate boards and smaller job sites that serve niche markets and smaller geographic areas. The data can be used as a real-time measure of labor demand.

February 2021 HWOL (PDF)

February 2021 HWOL (Powerpoint Doc)

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February 27th February 27th, 2021 Extra Issue #46 Conference Board Help Wanted OnLine Data Series
During the week ending February 27th, 2021, there were 4,223 new postings, down -25% ads from a week ago but up 5% from two weeks ago. The mid-February new ad spike echoes a similar uptick in January and was driven in part by Health Care & Social Assistance job ads, which accounted for over a third of over the week ad change during the past two weeks (up 656 new ads ending 2/20 and down 512 ads ending 2/27). The month of February had an average weekly new ad count of 4,459, compared to 4,255 in January. This is the highest monthly average since October 2020, which averaged 4,798 new ads per week.

All but two sectors had job posting decreases over the week ending February 27th. The largest sector decreases over the week occurred in Health Care and Social Assistance (-512 new ads or -39%), Retail Trade (-234 new ads or -39%), and Manufacturing (-152 new ads or -31%). The two with increases were Other Services (+28 ads or +33% and Arts, Entertainment & Recreation (+1 ad or +2%). Over two weeks most industries had new ad increases. The largest being Health Care & Social Assistance (+144 since 2/13) and Accommodation and Food Services (+114 since 2/13). The largest industry decrease over two weeks occurred in Retail Trade (-169 since 2/13).

Employers with the most new job postings during the week ending February 27th, 2021 were mostly in Finance & Insurance, Health Care, and Retail Trade. The 25 employers shown above account for 18 percent of all new ads. Of the top 25 employers, 14 had over the week decreases and 11 had decreases. The 14 decreasing employers had a combined 309 new ad decrease, the largest occurred in Hartford Healthcare (-177 new ads) and CVS Health (-34 new ads). Among the 12 increasing employers in the top 25, the State of Connecticut (+75 new ads) and Stamford Hosptial (+53 new ads) had the largest increases. Over two weeks, most of the top 25 employers had increases, the largest was the State of Connecticut (+78 new ads) and the largest decrease was Travelers (-14 new ads).

The Conference Board Help Wanted OnLine Data Series (HWOL) measures the number of new, first-time online jobs and jobs reposted from the previous month for over 16,000 Internet job boards, corporate boards and smaller job sites that serve niche markets and smaller geographic areas. The data can be used as a real-time measure of labor demand.

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Feb. 27th
2021
February 26th Business and Employment Changes Announced in the News Media
Lists start-ups, expansions, recruitments, career fairs, staff reductions, and layoffs reported by the media, both current and future. The report provides company name, the number of workers involved, date of the action, the principal product or service of the company, a brief synopsis of the action, and the source and date of the media article.
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January/February 2021
February 22nd 3Q2020 - Employment & Wages by Industry Covered by Unemployment Insurance - Quarterly (Statewide / LMA / WDA)
The program produces a comprehensive tabulation of employment and wage information for workers covered by Connecticut Unemployment Insurance (UI) laws and Federal workers covered by the Unemployment Compensation for Federal Employees program with three digit government data added. Data on the number of establishments, employment, and wages are reported by industry for Connecticut, Labor Market and Workforce Development Areas.
3Q2020
February 22nd Weekly Connecticut Initial and Continuing Unemployment Insurance Claims
Break down unemployment claims by age, education, industry, gender, town, RNO and wages can offer valuable insight for planning and budgeting purposes, and for developing responsible strategies for re-opening the state during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Feb. 22nd
2021
February 19th Connecticut Labor Force Data for Affirmative Action Plans - 4Q2020
Provides quarterly labor force information for Connecticut and its eight counties. The data presented are designed to meet the requirements of the Office of Federal Contract Compliance (OFCCP) and/or the Connecticut Commission on Human Rights and Opportunities (CHRO) for companies, State agencies, and municipalities that submit an Affirmative Action Plan. Includes statewide and county estimates of total labor force, unemployment rates, and unemployed women and minorities.
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4Q 2020
February 19th February 13th, 2021 Extra Issue #45 Conference Board Help Wanted OnLine Data Series
During the week ending February 13th, 2021, there were 4,022 new postings, up 72 ads from a week ago. This 2% overall increase overlays broader industry-level change. Retail Trade (+141 new ads or 35%) and Health Care & Social Assistance (+78 new ads or +13%) saw large ad increases. Employers that added the most ads over the week were Apple (+67 new ads) and Hartford Healthcare (+52 new ads). The largest Industry decreases occurred in Finance & Insurance (-76 new ads or -21%) and Accommodation & Food Service (-62 new ads or -36%). New ads are down 28% over four weeks from the four-month high of 5,597 new ads had during the week ending January 16th.

Thirteen sectors had job posting decreases over the week and eight had increases. The statewide over the week increase of 72 ads across all sectors is the result of decreasing industries down a combined 298 ads and the eight increasing industries up 370. 10 of the sectors had over the week change of 10 new ads or less. All but four sectors saw declines over four weeks, the largest being Retail Trade (-371 new ads or -41%), Health Care & Social Assistance (-358 new ads or 35%), and Accommodation & Food Service (-167 new ads or -60%). Of the four industries that didn't decline over four weeks, Mining and Agriculture were unchanged while Information (+25 new ad) and Management (+1 new ad) saw slight gains.

Employers with the most new job postings during the week ending February 6th, 2021 were mostly in Finance & Insurance, Health Care, and Retail Trade. The 25 employers shown above account for 19 percent of all new ads. Of the top 25 employers, 16 had over the week increases and 9 had decreases. The 16 increasing employers had a combined 308 new ad increase, the largest occurred in Apple Inc. (+67 new ads) and Quest Diagnostics (+47 new ads). Among the 9 decreasing employers in the top 25, Lowe's Companies (-21 new ads) and Anthem Blue Cross (-14 new ads) had the largest decreases. Over Four weeks, most of the top 25 employers had increases, the largest were Apple Inc. (+67 new ads), GameStop Incorporated (+40 new ads), and Quest Diagnostics (+33 new ads). Of the 10 top 25 employers with four-week decreases, the largest were Hartford Healthcare (-137 new ads), Allied Universal (-39 new ads), and Anthem Blue Cross (-29 new ads).

The Conference Board Help Wanted OnLine Data Series (HWOL) measures the number of new, first-time online jobs and jobs reposted from the previous month for over 16,000 Internet job boards, corporate boards and smaller job sites that serve niche markets and smaller geographic areas. The data can be used as a real-time measure of labor demand.

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Feb. 13th
2021
February 15th Weekly Connecticut Initial and Continuing Unemployment Insurance Claims
Break down unemployment claims by age, education, industry, gender, town, RNO and wages can offer valuable insight for planning and budgeting purposes, and for developing responsible strategies for re-opening the state during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Feb. 16th
2021
February 15th February 6th, 2021 Extra Issue #44 Conference Board Help Wanted OnLine Data Series
During the week ending February 6th, 2021, there were 3,950 new postings, down 4% from a week ago. This overall decline was driven by Health Care & Social Assistance, down 295 new ads or 33%. The overall new ad count of 3,950 is down 1,647 ads from the January high of 5,597 which occurred during the week ending January 16th. 57 percent of that three-week decline occurred in Retail Trade (-512 new ads over three weeks) and Health Care and Social Assistance (-436 new ads over three weeks). The employers with the largest new ad decline from that January peak include Petco and Hartford Healthcare. Employers that have added jobs since that peak include Raytheon (+34 new ads), Ernst & Young (+26 new ads), Yale University (+20 new ads) and Dattco Travel (+20 new ads).

Fourteen sectors had job posting decreases over the week and seven had increases. The statewide over the week decline of -168 across all sectors is the result of decreasing industries down a combined 469 ads and the seven increasing industries up 301. The largest sector declines occurred in Health Care & Social Assistance (-295 new ads or -33%) and the largest increase occurred in Real Estate & Rental (+48 new ads or +96%).

Employers with the most new job postings during the week ending February 6th, 2021 were mostly in Finance & Insurance, Health Care, and Retail Trade. The 25 employers shown above account for 20 percent of all new ads. Of the top 25 employers, 16 had over the week increases, one was unchanged, and 8 had decreases. The 16 increasing employers had a combined 288 new ad increase, the largest occurred in Lowe's Companies (+36 new ads) and CDS Corporate (+33 new ads). Among the 8 decreasing employers in the top 25, 70 percent of over the week declines occurred in CVS Health (-106 new ads) and Hartford Healthcare (-110 new ads).

The Conference Board Help Wanted OnLine Data Series (HWOL) measures the number of new, first-time online jobs and jobs reposted from the previous month for over 16,000 Internet job boards, corporate boards and smaller job sites that serve niche markets and smaller geographic areas. The data can be used as a real-time measure of labor demand.

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Feb. 6th
2021
February 10th Consumer Price Index for All Urban Consumers (CPI-U)
The Consumer Price Index for All Urban Consumers (CPI-U) increased 0.3 percent in January on a seasonally adjusted basis, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reported today. Over the last 12 months, the all items index increased 1.4 percent before seasonal adjustment.

The gasoline index continued to increase, rising 7.4 percent in January and accounting for most of the seasonally adjusted increase in the all items index. Although the indexes for electricity and natural gas declined, the energy index rose 3.5 percent over the month. The food index rose slightly in January, increasing 0.1 percent as an advance in the index for food away from home more than offset a decline in the index for food at home.

The index for all items less food and energy was unchanged in January. The indexes for apparel, medical care, shelter, and motor vehicle insurance all increased over the month. The indexes for recreation, used cars and trucks, airline fares, and new vehicles all declined in January.

The all items index rose 1.4 percent for the 12 months ending January, the same increase as for the period ending in December. The index for all items less food and energy also rose 1.4 percent over the last 12 months, a smaller increase than the 1.6-percent rise for the 12 months ending December. The food index rose 3.8 percent over the last 12 months. In contrast to these increases, and despite rising in recent months, the energy index declined 3.6 percent over the last year.

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January
2021
February 9th Weekly Connecticut Initial and Continuing Unemployment Insurance Claims
Break down unemployment claims by age, education, industry, gender, town, RNO and wages can offer valuable insight for planning and budgeting purposes, and for developing responsible strategies for re-opening the state during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Feb. 9th
2021
February 5th January 30th, 2021 Extra Issue #43 Conference Board Help Wanted OnLine Data Series
During the week ending January 30th, 2021, there were 4,118 new postings, down 8% from a week ago but up 69% from four weeks ago. The despite this decline during the last week of the month, January averaged 4,254 new ads per week, a three-month high. December and November respectively averaged 3,834 and 3,821 new ads per week. This January 2021 level is 16% below a year ago in January 2020, which averaged 5,073 new ads per week. The industries with the largest over the week declines include Health Care & Social Assistance (-193 new ads or -18%) and Accommodation & Food Services (-183 new ads or -55%). The largest industry increase over the week occurred in Educational Services (+41 new ads or 35%).

Eleven sectors had job posting decreases over the week, three were unchanged, and seven had increases. The largest sector declines occurred in Health Care & Social Assistance (-193 new ads or 18%) and Accommodation & Food Services (-183 new ads or 55%). Of the seven increasing sectors, the largest occurred in Educational Services (+41 new ads or +35%). The statewide over the week decline of -375 across all sectors is the result of decreasing industries down a combined 510 ads and the seven increasing industries up 135. The Employers with the most ads in the three aforementioned sectors include Hartford Hospital (NAICS 62), Outback Steakhouse (NAICS 72), and Yale University (NAICS 61).

Employers with the most new job postings during the week ending January 30, 2021 were mostly in Finance & Insurance, Health Care, and Retail Trade. The 25 employers shown above account for 25 percent of all new ads. Of the top 25 employers, 15 had over the week increases, two were unchanged, and 8 had decreases. The 15 increasing employers had a combined 287 new ad increase over the week and the 8 decreasing employers accounted for a combined 166 new ad decrease. CVS Health (+57 new ads) had the largest over the week increase and Hartford Healthcare (-82 new ads) had the largest decrease.

The Conference Board Help Wanted OnLine Data Series (HWOL) measures the number of new, first-time online jobs and jobs reposted from the previous month for over 16,000 Internet job boards, corporate boards and smaller job sites that serve niche markets and smaller geographic areas. The data can be used as a real-time measure of labor demand.

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Jan. 16th
2021
February 1st Weekly Connecticut Initial and Continuing Unemployment Insurance Claims
Break down unemployment claims by age, education, industry, gender, town, RNO and wages can offer valuable insight for planning and budgeting purposes, and for developing responsible strategies for re-opening the state during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Feb. 1st
2021
February 1st February 2021 Connecticut Economic Digest
The Connecticut Economic Digest's purpose is to regularly provide users with a comprehensive source for the most current, up-to-date data available on the workforce and economy of the state, within perspectives of the region and nation.
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February 1st Connecticut's 2019 Work-Related Fatalities Lowest On Record - Feb 2021 Economic Digest article
Connecticut lost 26 lives to work injuries in 2019, for a rate of 1.4 deaths per 100,000 full-time equivalent workers. This is the lowest recorded number of deaths since the census began in 1992. A decrease from 2018's 48 deaths, it is below Connecticut's annual average of 39 work-related deaths (Chart 1). Connecticut's rate of 1.4 is the lowest recorded by any state for 2019.

The nation lost 5,333 lives to workplace injuries in 2019, an increase from 2018's 5,250 deaths. However, the fatal injury rate remained unchanged from 2018 - 3.5 per 100,000 full-time equivalent workers. Twenty-eight states had more fatal injuries in 2019 than 2018, while 21 states had fewer. The highest loss was seen in Texas with 608 deaths, followed by California with 451 deaths and Florida with 306 deaths. High rates were recorded in Alaska (14.1) and Wyoming (12.0). The District of Columbia, Rhode Island, and Vermont each had 10 deaths, the lowest recorded number for states.

Industry
Nationally, the construction industry recorded the highest number of deaths at 1,061, followed by transportation and warehousing with 913 deaths. Together, these two industries account for 37 percent of deaths.

With 8 deaths, the transportation and warehousing industry had the highest number of deaths in Connecticut, accounting for 30.8 percent of 2019's deaths. Construction came in second with 6 deaths, accounting for 23.1 percent of total deaths. With an overall rate of 1.4, Connecticut saw a rate of 10.9 in transportation and utilities and 4.7 in construction. Rates for other industry sectors did not meet publishing criteria. The government sector recorded 2 deaths.  [ read more ]

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February 1st January 16th, 2021 Extra Issue #42 Conference Board Help Wanted OnLine Data Series
During the week ending January 23rd, 2021, there were 4,493 new postings, down 20% from a week ago but up 34% from four weeks ago. This level is the third highest new ad count since early November. This over the week drop is driven by Retail Trade (-421 new ads) and Transportation & Warehousing (-98 new ads), which account for a combined 47% of total over the week change. Almost 60% of Retail Trade over the week change can be attributed to Petco (-201 new ads) and Dollar Tree (-49 new ads). Over the week Transportation & Warehousing declines were the result of smaller drops across a larger share of employers in that industry.

Fifteen sectors had job posting increases over the week, one was unchanged and five had increases. Most of the new ad decreases occurred in Retail Trade (-421 new ads or -46%) and Transportation & Warehousing (-98 new ads or 52%) Of the five increasing sectors, the largest were Accommodation & Food Service (+57 new ads or +21%) and Health Care and Social Assistance (+52 new ads or +5%).

Over four weeks, all but three sectors increased. The largest four-week increases occurred in Health Care & Social Assistance (+494 new ads or +84%), Accommodation & Food Service (+232 new ads or +227%), and Manufacturing (+139 new ads or +52%). Of the three decreasing industries over four weeks, the largest was Retail Trade (-192 new ads or -28%) and reflects seasonal employment for that industry.

Employers with the most new job postings during the week ending January 16, 2021 were mostly in Health Care, Finance & Insurance, and Retail Trade. The 25 employers shown above account for 26 percent of all new ads. Of the top 25 employers, 22 had over the week increases, 3 had decreases. The 22 increasing employers had a combined 572 new ad increase over the week and the 4 decreasing employers accounted for a combined 39 new ad decrease. McDonald's (+73new ads), CVS Health (+61 new ads), and Mercy Hospital (+51 new ads) had the largest new ad increases over the week.

The Conference Board Help Wanted OnLine Data Series (HWOL) measures the number of new, first-time online jobs and jobs reposted from the previous month for over 16,000 Internet job boards, corporate boards and smaller job sites that serve niche markets and smaller geographic areas. The data can be used as a real-time measure of labor demand.

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January 30th Business Employment Dynamics 2Q2020
From April 2020 to June 2020, gross job gains from opening and expanding private sector establishments in Connecticut was 57,620, a decrease of 16,459 jobs from the previous quarter. Over this period, gross job losses from closing and contracting private sector establishments was 265,693, an increase of 181,536 jobs from the previous quarter.

During the second quarter of 2020, difference between gross job gains and gross job losses yielded a net employment loss of 208,073 jobs in the private sector. This is the largest net decrease on record and reflects pandemic's impact on the economy.

Prior to the current recession, annual average net change was -2,939 in 2019 and positive from 2010-2018. During the last recession it fell precipitously to a low of -15,445 jobs in 2009. Before that from 2004-2007, annual average net change ranged between 1,534 and 4,190 jobs.

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2Q 2020
January 27th Conference Board Help Wanted OnLine Data Series
Total postings in Connecticut was 48,315 in December 2020.

Industry sectors with the most job postings were Health Care and Social Assistance (9,710 postings), Retail Trade (6,610 postings), Finance and Insurance (4,151 posting), Manufacturing (3,379 postings), and Professional, Scientific, and Technical Services (3,197 postings).

Occupations with the most postings were Registered Nurses (1,888 postings), Retail Sales (1,885 postings), Supervisors of Retail Sales Workers (1,257 postings) Sales Representatives, Wholesale and Manufacturing (1,226 postings) and Computer Occupations, All Others (1,221 postings).

The Conference Board Help Wanted OnLine Data Series (HWOL) measures the number of new, first-time online jobs and jobs reposted from the previous month for over 16,000 Internet job boards, corporate boards and smaller job sites that serve niche markets and smaller geographic areas. The data can be used as a real-time measure of labor demand.

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2021
January 27th Weekly Connecticut Initial and Continuing Unemployment Insurance Claims
Break down unemployment claims by age, education, industry, gender, town, RNO and wages can offer valuable insight for planning and budgeting purposes, and for developing responsible strategies for re-opening the state during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Jan. 26th
2021
January 25th January 16th, 2021 Extra Issue #41 Conference Board Help Wanted OnLine Data Series
During the week ending January 16th, 2021, there were 5,597 new postings, up 21% from a week ago and up 42% from four weeks ago. This level is the highest new ad count in over four months and the second highest since mid-June 2020, the highest being 5,959 during the week ending September 5th. Current levels also compare favorably to levels from 12 months ago. Half of this increase over the week is driven by Retail Trade (+361 new ads) and Manufacturing (+125 new ads). Most of the retail new ad increase over the week is due to Petco (+201 new ads) and Dollar Tree (+38 new ads). Manufacturers with the largest increases over the week include General Dynamics (+19 new ads), Henkel (+8 new ads), and Boehringer Ingelheim (+7 new ads).

Sixteen sectors had job posting increases over the week and five had decreases. Most of the new ad increases occurred in Retail Trade (+361 new ads or +66%), Manufacturing (+125 new ads or +45%), and Professional, Scientific, and Technical Services (+87 new ads or +32%). These three industries combined accounted for 59% of overall new ad increases over the week. The five decreasing sectors had over the week declines between -3 and -23 new ads. The largest declines occurred in Arts, Entertainment & Recreation (-23 new ads or -37%), Real Estate & Rental (-17 new ads or -19%), and Management (-11 new ads or -79%).

Employers with the most new job postings during the week ending January 16, 2021 were mostly in Retail Trade, Finance & Insurance, and Health Care. The 25 employers shown above account for 22 percent of all new ads. Of the top 25 employers, 21 had over the week increases, 4 had decreases. The 21 increasing employers had a combined 735 new ad increase over the week and the 4 decreasing employers accounted for a combined 31 new ad decrease. Petco (+210 new ads), Hartford Healthcare (+102 new ads), and Allied Universal (+44 new ads) had the largest new ad increases over the week.

The Conference Board Help Wanted OnLine Data Series (HWOL) measures the number of new, first-time online jobs and jobs reposted from the previous month for over 16,000 Internet job boards, corporate boards and smaller job sites that serve niche markets and smaller geographic areas. The data can be used as a real-time measure of labor demand.

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Jan. 16th
2021
January 12th Consumer Price Index for All Urban Consumers (CPI-U)
The Consumer Price Index for All Urban Consumers (CPI-U) increased 0.4 percent in December on a seasonally adjusted basis after rising 0.2 percent in November, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reported today. Over the last 12 months, the all items index increased 1.4 percent before seasonal adjustment.

The seasonally adjusted increase in the all items index was driven by an 8.4-percent increase in the gasoline index, which accounted for more than 60 percent of the overall increase. The other components of the energy index were mixed, resulting in an increase of 4.0 percent for the month. The food index rose in December, as both the food at home and the food away from home indexes increased 0.4 percent.

The index for all items less food and energy increased 0.1 percent in December after rising 0.2 percent in the previous month. The indexes for apparel, motor vehicle insurance, new vehicles, personal care, and household furnishings and operations all rose in December. The indexes for used cars and trucks, recreation, and medical care were among those to decline over the month.

The all items index rose 1.4 percent for the 12 months ending December, a slightly larger increase than the 1.2-percent rise reported for the period ending November. The index for all items less food and energy rose 1.6 percent over the last 12 months, as it did in the periods ending October and November. The food index rose 3.9 percent over the last 12 months, while the energy index fell 7.0 percent.

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January 11th January 2nd, 2021 Extra Issue #39 Conference Board Help Wanted OnLine Data Series
During the week ending January 2nd, 2021, there were 2,431 new postings, down 27% or -924 new ads from a week before. This decrease is driven by declines in Professional, Scientific, & Technical Services (-188 new ads), Retail Trade (-176), and Manufacturing (-161 new ads). This new ad level is the lowest in over 7 months and corresponds with a recent economic slowdown that is attributed to the recent increase in coronavirus (Covid-19) cases and efforts to contain the pandemic. Employers with the largest over the week decreases include The Home Depot (-219 new ads), Hartford Healthcare (-72 new ads), Raytheon (-68 new ads) and Lowe's Companies (-39 new ads).

Fifteen sectors had job posting decreases over the week, one was unchanged and five had increases. Most of the new ad decreases occurred in Professional, Scientific, and Technical Services (-188 new ads or -65%), Retail Trade (-176 new ads or -26%) and Manufacturing (-161 new ads or 60%). These three industries combined accounted for more than half the overall new ad decreases over the week. The gains in the five increasing industries were comparatively small, the largest being Arts, Entertainment, and Recreation (+25 new ads or +167%), Other Services (+19 new ads or +53%), and Construction (+10 new ads or +37%).

Employers with the most new job postings during the week ending January 2, 2021 were mostly in Retail Trade, Health Care, and Finance & Insurance. The 25 employers shown above account for 22 percent of all new ads. Of the top 25 employers, 17 had over the week increases, 8 had decreases. The 17 increasing employers had a combined 218 new ad increase over the week and the 8 decreasing employers accounted for a 314 new ad decrease. CVS Health (+113 new ads) had the largest increase over the week. The Home Depot (-219 new ads) had the largest decrease over the week and follows a 238 new ad gain over the prior week.

The Conference Board Help Wanted OnLine Data Series (HWOL) measures the number of new, first-time online jobs and jobs reposted from the previous month for over 16,000 Internet job boards, corporate boards and smaller job sites that serve niche markets and smaller geographic areas. The data can be used as a real-time measure of labor demand.

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Jan. 2nd
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January 6th January 2021 Connecticut Economic Digest
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January 6th 2021 Economic Outlook: Problems, Yes, But Opportunities, Too - Jan 2021 Economic Digest article
We've lived through a year like no other in modern memory, one that has turned lives and economies upside down. But as we look forward to a new year where vaccines promise to begin to restore some normalcy, there will be much rebuilding ahead. That work will present both problems and opportunities for the world, the nation, and the state of Connecticut.

Global and U.S. Overview
Following growth in world output of 2.4% in 2019, the International Monetary Fund (IMF) projects that the global coronavirus epidemic will have slashed the value of world output by 4.4% in 2020. Assuming the widespread distribution of vaccines and therapeutics, along with continued fiscal and monetary policy support, output should expand by 5.2% in 2021, more than enough to restore output to pre-pandemic levels.

For the world's advanced economies, including the United States and Western Europe, the prospects are not quite so rosy. The toll of the pandemic was likely greater - a 5.8% drop in output - and the rebound is expected to be less brisk - a 3.9% uptick in the new year. But in emerging markets and developing economies the picture is reversed: a 3.3% decline in output in 2020 followed by a 6.0% surge in 2021. The leader here is Mainland China, where the virus originated. A swift and severe lockdown allowed the country to check the spread of infection and to preserve a modicum of positive, 1.9%, growth for the year. China's economy is expected to swell by more than 8% in 2021. [ read more ]

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December 31st December 31st, 2020 Extra Issue #38 Conference Board Help Wanted OnLine Data Series
During the week ending December 26, 2020, there were 3,353 new postings, down 15% or -593 new ads from a week before. This decrease is driven by declines in Heath Care & Social Assistance (-214 new ads), Finance & Insurance (-214), and Educational Services (-104 new ads) and tempered by over the week gains in Retail Trade (+255 new ads). The 15% decline during the past week echoes the 15.6% over the week decline during the week ending December 19th. The graph below shows that a mid December new ad peak and decline leading into holidays also occurred in late 2019. Total new ads are currently 6 ads less than the 3,359 level had during the week ending December 5th, 2020.

Sixteen sectors had job posting decreases, two were unchanged, and three had increases. Some of the largest over the week decreases occurred in Health Care & Social Assistance (-214 new ads or -27%), Finance & Insurance (-104 new ads or -28%), and Educational Services (-95 new ads or -53%). Employers with the most new ad decreases in these three industries respectively are Trinity Health (-39 new ads), Deloitte (-36 new ads), and Yale University (+28 new ads). Almost all of the new ad increase among the three increasing industries occurred in Retail Trade (+255 new ads), Home Depot (+238 new ads) had the largest increase in that industry.

Employers with the most new job postings during the week ending December 26, 2020 were mostly in Retail Trade, Health Care, and Finance & Insurance. The 25 employers shown above account for 31 percent of all new ads. Of the top 25 employers, 18 had over the week increases, one was unchanged and 6 had decreases. The Home Depot (+238 new ads) had the largest increase in the top 25 and accounts for almost all of the new Retail Trade ads increases during the week. Of the six decreasing industries, the largest occurred in Deloitte (-36 new ads), Hartford Healthcare (-27 new ads), and the State of Connecticut (-26 new ads).

The Conference Board Help Wanted OnLine Data Series (HWOL) measures the number of new, first-time online jobs and jobs reposted from the previous month for over 16,000 Internet job boards, corporate boards and smaller job sites that serve niche markets and smaller geographic areas. The data can be used as a real-time measure of labor demand.

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Dec. 31st
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December 23rd Conference Board Help Wanted OnLine Data Series
Total postings in Connecticut was 48,058 in November 2020.

Industry sectors with the most job postings were Health Care and Social Assistance (9,232 postings), Retail Trade (6,751 postings), Finance and Insurance (4,210 posting), Manufacturing (3,456 postings), and Professional, Scientific, and Technical Services (2,906 postings).

Occupations with the most postings were Retail Salespersons (2,102 postings), Registered Nurses (1,742 postings), Customer Service Representatives (1,241 postings) Sales Representatives, Wholesale and Manufacturing (1,205 postings) and Supervisors of Retail Sales Workers (1,185 postings).

The Conference Board Help Wanted OnLine Data Series (HWOL) measures the number of new, first-time online jobs and jobs reposted from the previous month for over 16,000 Internet job boards, corporate boards and smaller job sites that serve niche markets and smaller geographic areas. The data can be used as a real-time measure of labor demand.

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December 21st December 12th, 2020 Extra Issue #37 Conference Board Help Wanted OnLine Data Series
During the week ending December 12, 2020, there were 4,613 new postings, up 64% or +1,798 new ads from a week before. Fifty-one percent of this increase occurred in Health Care & Social Assistance (+570 new ads) and Retail Trade (+348 new ads). This increase echoes shifts experienced one year earlier. During December 2019, new ads were down 811 during the first week and up 1,571 during the second week. The two most recent weeks experienced similar shifts, down 658 during the first week of December 2020 and up 1,786 during the week ending December 12, 2020. This new ad level is the highest since October 2020. The graph below also illustrates how new ads are down 26% over 52 weeks.

Every sectors had job posting increases over the week and 16 had increases over four weeks. Some of the largest over the week increases occurred in Health Care & Social Assistance (+570 new ads or +91%), Retail Trade (+348 new ads or +110%), and Finance & Insurance (+173 new ads or +78%). Employers with the most new postings in these three industries respectively are Hartford Healthcare (+49 new ads), CVS Health (+231 new ads), and Anthem Blue Cross (+60 new ads).

Employers with the most new job postings were mostly in Health Care and Finance & Insurance. The 25 employers shown above account for 23 percent of all new ads. Of the top 25 employers, 22 had over the week increases and 3 had decreases. The largest increases in the top 25 were had by CVS Health (+192 new ads), Lowe's Companies Inc (+55 new ads), and Anthem Blue Cross (+44 new ads). The three deceasing top 25 employers were Trinity Health (-26 new ads), Hartford Healthcare (-14 new ads), and Yale-New Haven Health System (-5 new ads).

The Conference Board Help Wanted OnLine Data Series (HWOL) measures the number of new, first-time online jobs and jobs reposted from the previous month for over 16,000 Internet job boards, corporate boards and smaller job sites that serve niche markets and smaller geographic areas. The data can be used as a real-time measure of labor demand.

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Dec. 12th
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December 15th Weekly Connecticut Initial and Continuing Unemployment Insurance Claims
Break down unemployment claims by age, education, industry, gender, town, RNO and wages can offer valuable insight for planning and budgeting purposes, and for developing responsible strategies for re-opening the state during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Dec. 14th
2020
December 11th December 5th, 2020 Extra Issue #36 Conference Board Help Wanted OnLine Data Series
During the week ending December 5, 2020, there were 2,815 new postings, down 19% or -670 new ads from a week before. This overall decrease was driven by declines in Accommodation & Food Services (-226 new ads), Finance & Insurance (-224 new ads), and Retail Trade (-191 new ads) and buoyed by an over the week increase in Health Care & Social Assistance (+128 new ads). This weekly drop in early December is similar to percent change that occurred during the same time last year. In late 2019 and late 2020, new ads fell by over 20 percent in the weeks leading up to Thanksgiving, rebounded during the second half of November and fell by over 15 percent during the first week of December. The graph below also illustrates how total weekly new ads have in 2020 shifted to lower levels after Covid-19 impacted the economy.

15 sectors had job posting decreases over the week, 3 were unchanged, and 3 had increases. Some of the largest percent decreases occurred in Accommodation & Food Services (-63% or -226 new ads), Educational Services (-55% or -94 new ads), and Finance & Insurance (-50% or -224). Employers within those three industries with large declines include Boston Market (-100% or 223 new ads), Yale University (-81% or -34 new ads), Deloitte (-86.4% or -19 new ads), and Ernst & Young (-60% or -18 new ads). Of the 3 increasing industries, the largest percent increase occurred in Health Care & Social Assistance (+26% or +128 new ads). Employers in Healthcare & Social Assistance with large increases include the three employers with the largest over the week gains overall, Hartford Healthcare (+59 over the week), Griffin Health (+55 new ads), and Trinity Health (+45 new ads).

Employers with the most new job postings were mostly in Health Care, Retail Trade, Finance & Insurance. The 25 employers shown above account for 21 percent of all new ads. Of the top 25 employers, 11 had over the week increases, one was unchanged, and 13 had decreases. The largest increases were had by Hartford Hospital (+59 new ads), Griffin Health (+55 new ads), and Trinity Health (+45 new ads). Of the 13 decreasing employers, the largest declining employers were Anthem Blue Cross (-63 new ads), BJ's Wholesale Club, Inc. (-25 new ads), and the State of Connecticut (-23 new ads).

The Conference Board Help Wanted OnLine Data Series (HWOL) measures the number of new, first-time online jobs and jobs reposted from the previous month for over 16,000 Internet job boards, corporate boards and smaller job sites that serve niche markets and smaller geographic areas. The data can be used as a real-time measure of labor demand.

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Nov. 28th
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December 4th November 28th, 2020 Extra Issue #35 Conference Board Help Wanted OnLine Data Series
During the week ending November 28, 2020, there were 3,485 new postings, down 7% or -256 new ads from a week before. This overall change overlays industry level losses and gains, 12 were down a combined 782 new ads over the week and 9 were up a combined 526. The largest decreases occurred in Healthcare & Social Assistance, Manufacturing, and Information. These three sectors were down a combined 395 new ads from the prior week. Of the 9 sectors with new ad increases, the largest occurred in Accommodations & Food Services, Finance & Insurance, and Educational Services which added a combined 436 new ads. The three most recent weeks of new ad postings represent the lowest combined level since early May and differs from the 6-7 week trough pattern which occurred from July through late-September.

12 sectors had job posting decreases over the week and 9 had increases. Some of the largest percent decreases occurred in Information (-60% or -65 new ads), Manufacturing (-32% or -96 new ads), and Health Care & Social Assistance (-32% or -235). Of the 9 increasing industries, the largest percent increases occurred in Accommodation & Food Services (+218% or +244 new ads), Construction (+133% or +48 new ads), and Finance and Insurance (+47% or +142 new ads). The over the week increases in Accommodation & Food Services correspond with Boston Market posting 223 new ads during the week after previously posting zero.

Employers with the most new job postings for the were mostly in Retail Trade, Finance & Insurance and Health Care. The 25 employers shown above account for 31.7 percent of all new ads. Retail Trade and Finance & Insurance employers both had 7 of the top 25 and most of those employers. The employers with the largest overall increases over the week were Boston Market (+223 new ads), Humana (+75 New Ads), and Macy's (+53 new ads). All but two of the top 25 employers had over the week gains. The two with decreases were Cigna Corporation (-6 new ads) and BJ's Wholesale Club Inc. (-5 new ads).

The Conference Board Help Wanted OnLine Data Series (HWOL) measures the number of new, first-time online jobs and jobs reposted from the previous month for over 16,000 Internet job boards, corporate boards and smaller job sites that serve niche markets and smaller geographic areas. The data can be used as a real-time measure of labor demand.

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Nov. 28th
2020
December 1st December 2020 Connecticut Economic Digest
The Connecticut Economic Digest's purpose is to regularly provide users with a comprehensive source for the most current, up-to-date data available on the workforce and economy of the state, within perspectives of the region and nation.
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December 1st CBD and THC: "High" Trends in Connecticut and the Nation - December 2020 Economic Digest article
Cannabidiol (CBD) is a non-psychoactive natural compound primarily extracted from the hemp plant which is being investigated for numerous potential health benefits. Tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) is the chemical component in marijuana that causes the euphoric "high." In recent years the debate on CBD and THC has taken the nation by storm. Products can be purchased in a multitude of forms ranging from oils and cartridges to bath products. Proponents of both natural compounds claim that they have many therapeutic effects. However, critics are skeptical as limited research and data is currently available on both substances. With divided opinions on whether these compounds have beneficial or detrimental effects on both individuals and a society, it is noteworthy to investigate our nation and Connecticut's current standing on CBD and THC as well as the effects on our local economy.

CBD is a cannabinoid, one of over 100 naturally occurring chemical compounds found in the cannabis plant. It can be derived from both hemp and marijuana plants. CBD extracted from hemp is federally legal in the United States, but if acquired from marijuana is classified as a schedule 1 drug. Unlike it's distant cousin THC, CBD is non-psychoactive, meaning it will not provide a hallucinatory effect which is associated with marijuana utilization. [ read more ]

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November 30th Weekly Connecticut Initial and Continuing Unemployment Insurance Claims
Break down unemployment claims by age, education, industry, gender, town, RNO and wages can offer valuable insight for planning and budgeting purposes, and for developing responsible strategies for re-opening the state during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Nov. 30th
2020
November 30th November 21st, 2020 Extra Issue #34 Conference Board Help Wanted OnLine Data Series
During the week ending November 21, 2020, there were 3,741 new postings, up +6% or +227 new ads from a week before. Increasing industries added 445 new ads over the week, with 45% occurring in Health Care & Social Assistance (+200 new ads). Decreasing industries had a combined 218 fewer jobs over the week, with the largest decline in Professional, Scientific, & Technical Services (-82 new ads). Companies that accounted for a large share of over the week increase include Hartford Healthcare, Apple Inc., and Dattco Travel. Though up from a week ago, the past two weeks have been the lowest consecutive new ads levels of the past six months. Prior troughs in July, August, and September had quick rebounds to levels closer to the six-month average of 4,679 new ads per week.

11 sectors had job posting decreases over the week, one was unchanged 9 had increases. Some of the largest percent decreases occurred in Accommodation & Food Services (-24% or -35 new ads), Transportation & Warehousing (-24% or -33 new ads), and Prof., Sci., & Tech. Services (-24% or -82 new ads). The 9 increasing industries accounted for a combined 445 more new ads over the week, the largest being Health Care & Social Assistance (+200 new ads or +38%).

Employers with the most new job postings for the were mostly in Retail Trade, Health Care, and Finance & Insurance. The 25 employers shown above account for 24.4 percent of all new ads. Retail Trade employers were 9 of the top 25 and most of those employers had increases over prior weeks. The employers with the largest overall increases over the week were Hartford Healthcare (+163 new ads), Apple Inc. (+91 new ads), and Dattco Travel (+91 new ads). Six of the top 25 employers had over the week decreases, the largest being United Parcel Service (UPS) (-42 new ads), Cigna Corporation (-23 new ads), and Advance Auto Parts (-18 new ads).

The Conference Board Help Wanted OnLine Data Series (HWOL) measures the number of new, first-time online jobs and jobs reposted from the previous month for over 16,000 Internet job boards, corporate boards and smaller job sites that serve niche markets and smaller geographic areas. The data can be used as a real-time measure of labor demand.

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Nov. 21st
2020
November 24th Weekly Connecticut Initial and Continuing Unemployment Insurance Claims
Break down unemployment claims by age, education, industry, gender, town, RNO and wages can offer valuable insight for planning and budgeting purposes, and for developing responsible strategies for re-opening the state during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Nov. 23rd
2020
November 20th November 20th, 2020 Extra Issue #33 Conference Board Help Wanted OnLine Data Series
During the week ending November 14, 2020, there were 3,514 new postings, down 22% from a week before. Decreasing industries had a combined over the week posting change of -1,144 new ads and increasing industries added 141 new ads, resulting in the overall net change of -1,003 new ads. Industries with the largest share of over the week overall net change include Health Care (-558 new ads), Educational Services (-75 new ads), and Transportation & Warehousing (-63 new ads). This Drop continues a pattern that began in late May. New ad lows of around 3,500 occurred every six weeks from May-September and most recently occurred after seven. A large share of the July trough was due to over the week declines Retail Trade and Accommodation & Food Services. The August, September, and November troughs have been heavily influenced by Health Care new ad over the week change.

14 sector had job posting decreases over the week, 7 had increases. Some of the largest percent decreases occurred in Health Care (-51.2% or -558 new ads), Administrative & Support (-40% or -57 new ads), and Educational Services (-38% or -75 new ads). The 7 increasing industries accounted for a combined 141 more new ads over the week, the largest being Retail Trade (+57 new ads or +12%).

Employers with the most new job postings for the were mostly in Finance & Insurance, Retail Trade, and Health Care. The 25 employers shown above account for 26.2 percent of all new ads. The employers with the largest increase over the week were Earnst & Young (+124 new ads), Petco (+104 new ads), and Cigna Corporation (+36 new ads). Eight of the top 25 employers had decreases over the week, the largest being Hartford Healthcare (-208 new ads).

The Conference Board Help Wanted OnLine Data Series (HWOL) measures the number of new, first-time online jobs and jobs reposted from the previous month for over 16,000 Internet job boards, corporate boards and smaller job sites that serve niche markets and smaller geographic areas. The data can be used as a real-time measure of labor demand.

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Nov. 14th
2020
November 19th Connecticut Labor Force Data for Affirmative Action Plans - 3Q2020
Provides quarterly labor force information for Connecticut and its eight counties. The data presented are designed to meet the requirements of the Office of Federal Contract Compliance (OFCCP) and/or the Connecticut Commission on Human Rights and Opportunities (CHRO) for companies, State agencies, and municipalities that submit an Affirmative Action Plan. Includes statewide and county estimates of total labor force, unemployment rates, and unemployed women and minorities.
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November 17th 2Q2020 - Employment & Wages by Industry Covered by Unemployment Insurance - Quarterly (Statewide / LMA / WDA)
The program produces a comprehensive tabulation of employment and wage information for workers covered by Connecticut Unemployment Insurance (UI) laws and Federal workers covered by the Unemployment Compensation for Federal Employees program with three digit government data added. Data on the number of establishments, employment, and wages are reported by industry for Connecticut, Labor Market and Workforce Development Areas.
2Q2020
November 16th Weekly Connecticut Initial and Continuing Unemployment Insurance Claims
Break down unemployment claims by age, education, industry, gender, town, RNO and wages can offer valuable insight for planning and budgeting purposes, and for developing responsible strategies for re-opening the state during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Nov. 16th
2020
November 13th November 13th, 2020 Extra Issue #32 Conference Board Help Wanted OnLine Data Series
During the week ending November 7, 2020, there were 4,517 new postings, down 10.7% from a week before. Decreasing industries had a combined over the week posting change of -600 new ads and increasing industries added 60 new ads, resulting in the overall net change of -540 new ads. Industries with the largest share of over the week overall net change include Retail Trade (-203 new ads), Finance and Insurance (-86 new ads), and Professional, Scientific, & Technical Services (-35 new ads). Recent weeks of Connecticut Help Wanted Online data have exhibited their most stable levels of 2020. During the six-week period from October 3rd through November 7th, total new ads have had a range of 540 around a five-week midrange of 4,787. This range is the lowest of 2020, the next lowest new ad range was 1,056 new ads over the six weeks from April 11th through May 16, 2020.

17 sector had job posting decreases over the week, 4 had increases. Some of the largest percent decreases occurred in Wholesale Trade (-60% or -18 new ads), Utilities (-46% or -12 new ads), and Real Estate and Rental (-32% or -26 new ads). Of the 4 increasing industries, the largest increases occurred in Other Services (+25% or +15 new ads), Information (+21% or -23 new ads), and Transportation & Warehousing (+11% or +20 new ads).

Employers with the most new job postings for the week ending October 31st were mostly in Retail Trade, Finance & Insurance, and Health Care. The 25 employers shown above account for 17 percent of all new ads. The employers with the largest increase over the week were H&R Block (+54 new ads), UnitedHealth Group (+28 new ads), and United Parcel Service (+28 new ads). Seven of the top 25 employers had decreases over the week, the largest being Hartford Healthcare (-196 new ads).

The Conference Board Help Wanted OnLine Data Series (HWOL) measures the number of new, first-time online jobs and jobs reposted from the previous month for over 16,000 Internet job boards, corporate boards and smaller job sites that serve niche markets and smaller geographic areas. The data can be used as a real-time measure of labor demand.

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Nov. 6th
2020
November 12th Consumer Price Index for All Urban Consumers (CPI-U)
The Consumer Price Index for All Urban Consumers (CPI-U) was unchanged in October on a seasonally adjusted basis after rising 0.2 percent in September, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reported today. Over the last 12 months, the all items index increased 1.2 percent before seasonal adjustment.

Component indexes were mixed, with many offsetting increases and decreases. The food index rose 0.2 percent, with the food away from home index increasing by 0.3 percent and a smaller 0.1-percent rise in the food at home index. The energy index rose 0.1 percent in October as the index for electricity increased 1.2 percent.

The index for all items less food and energy was unchanged in October following an increase of 0.2 percent in September. The index for shelter increased 0.1 percent in October, which was offset by a 0.4-percent decrease in the index for medical care. The indexes for airline fares, recreation, and new vehicles were among those to rise, while the indexes for motor vehicle insurance, apparel, and household furnishings and operations declined.

The all items index rose 1.2 percent for the 12 months ending October, a slightly smaller increase than the 1.4-percent rise for the 12-month period ending September. The index for all items less food and energy rose 1.6 percent over the last 12 months after rising 1.7 percent in September. The food index increased 3.9 percent over the last 12 months, while the energy index declined 9.2 percent.

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November 6th November 6th, 2020 Extra Issue #31 Conference Board Help Wanted OnLine Data Series
During the week ending October 31, 2020, there were 5,057 new postings. New postings are up 319 from a week ago and up 399 from four weeks ago. The five weeks that ended in October had a total new ad range of 394, the smallest of 2020. The second smallest range was 666 for the five-week period ending April 25th, 2020. Though overall ad counts stayed flat in recent weeks, many industries experienced large shifts during the last week of October. Growing industries added a combined 598 new postings, with the largest being Professional, Scientific, & Technical Services (up 94) and Health Care & Social Assistance (up 84). Contracting industries fell by a combined -279 new postings, with most of that decline occurring in Retail Trade (down 235).

14 sector had job posting decreases over the week and 7 had increases. Some of the largest percent increases occurred in Administrative and Support (+87% or +66 new ads), Transportation and Warehousing (+42% or +54 new ads), and Professional, Scientific, and Technical Services (+39% or +94 new ads). Of the 7 decreasing industries, some of the largest declines occurred in Utilities (-30% or -11 new ads), Retail Trade (-26% or -235 new ads), and Other Services (-24% or -19 new ads).

Employers with the most new job postings for the week ending November 6th were mostly in Retail Trade, Finance & Insurance, and Health Care. The 25 employers shown above account for 29 percent of all new ads. The employers with the largest increase over the week were Walmart / Sam's (+263 new ads), Hartford Healthcare (+237 new ads), and St Vincent's Medical Center (+55 new ads). Eight of the top 25 employers had decreases over the week, the largest being Cigna Corporation (-42 new ads) and CVS Health (-23 new ads).

The Conference Board Help Wanted OnLine Data Series (HWOL) measures the number of new, first-time online jobs and jobs reposted from the previous month for over 16,000 Internet job boards, corporate boards and smaller job sites that serve niche markets and smaller geographic areas. The data can be used as a real-time measure of labor demand.

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Nov. 6th
2020
November 2nd November 2020 Connecticut Economic Digest
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November 2nd State Economic Indexes Lower in 2019 - November 2020 Economic Digest article
Connecticut's economic performance ranked 32nd in 2019 when compared to other states and the District of Columbia (DC). This is up from 37th in 2018 and the best ranking in nine years.

For the second time, South Carolina came in first in the nation with the highest index of 192.3 last year, while Alaska continued to place last (113.2). Our state's index of 144.2 was below the nationwide value of 153.4.

SEI: Methodology
Applying the same components and methodology of the Connecticut Town Economic Indexes (See October 2020 issue), the Connecticut Department of Labor's Office of Research also developed the State Economic Indexes for all 50 states and DC. With recently available annual average data from the Quarterly Census Employment and Wages (QCEW) program, along with the revised annual average unemployment rate from Local Area Unemployment Statistics (LAUS), annual SEI is reestimated for the 2010-2019 period.

These indexes provide a measure of the overall economic strength of each state that can be compared and ranked. Four annual average state economic indicators were used as components: 1. the number of the total covered business establishments, 2. total covered employment, 3. real covered wages, and 4. the unemployment rate. [ read more ]

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October 30th October 24th, 2020 Extra Issue #30 Conference Board Help Wanted OnLine Data Series
During the week ending October 24, 2020, there were 4,738 new postings. New postings are down 182 new ads from a week ago and up 1,239 from the week ending September 26th. Since then, new ads averaged 4,811 over the subsequent four weeks and had a range of 261, the smallest of any four-week period in 2020. In contrast, the largest four-week range of 3,851 occurred in March during the Covid-shutdown, when total new ads fell from 7,242 during the week ending March 7th to 3,391 new ads during the week ending March 28th. Though overall ads counts have stayed relatively flat for most of October, many industries have had larger shifts. The largest increase over the week occurred in Health Care & Social Assistance (+254 new ads or +34%) and the largest decrease occurred in Finance & Insurance (-86 new ads or -18%).

15 sector had job posting decreases over the week and 6 had increases. Some of the largest percent decreases occurred in Public Administration (-41% or -33 new ads), Administrative & Support (-34% or -40 new ads), and Utilities (-31% or -17 new ads). The 6 increasing industries accounted for a combined 417 new ads over the week, with 61% occurring within Health Care & Social Assistance (+34% or +254 new ads).

A majority of industries had increases over four weeks, the largest being Health Care & Social Assistance (+68% or +405 new ads) and Retail Trade (+62% or +344 new ads). The four decreasing industries represented a combined 60 new ad decrease.

Employers with the most new job postings for the week ending October 24th were mostly in Retail Trade, Finance & Insurance, and Health Care. The 25 employers shown above account for 29 percent of all new ads. The employers with the largest increase over the week were Walmart / Sam's (+263 new ads), Hartford Healthcare (+237 new ads), and St Vincent's Medical Center (+55 new ads). Eight of the top 25 employers had decreases over the week, the largest being Cigna Corporation (-42 new ads) and CVS Health (-23 new ads).

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Oct. 24th
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October 28th Business Employment Dynamics 1Q2020
From January 2020 to March 2020, gross job gains from opening and expanding private sector establishments in Connecticut was 74,079, a decrease of 4,203 jobs from the previous quarter. Over this period, gross job losses from closing and contracting private sector establishments was 84,157 an increase of 4,158 jobs from the previous quarter.

During the first quarter of 2020, difference between gross job gains and gross job losses yielded a net employment loss of 10,078 jobs in the private sector. This is the lowest net change since March 2010.

From 2004 to 2007, annual average net employment change was between 1,534 and 4,190 jobs. It fell precipitously to a series low of -15,445 jobs in 2009 and was up to 2,608 the following year. Annual average net change has been positive from 2010-2018 and was -2,939 in 2019.

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October 28th Conference Board Help Wanted OnLine Data Series
Total postings in Connecticut was 47,772 in September 2020.

Industry sectors with the most job postings were Health Care and Social Assistance (8,890 postings), Retail Trade (6,928 postings), Finance and Insurance (3,973 posting), Manufacturing (3,137 postings), and Accommodation and Food Services (2,707 postings).

Occupations with the most postings were Retail Salespersons (2,043 postings), Supervisors of Retail Sales Workers (1,213 postings), Sales Representatives, Wholesale and Manufacturing (1,153 postings) Software Developers, Applications (951 postings) and Managers, All Others (872 postings).

The Conference Board Help Wanted OnLine Data Series (HWOL) measures the number of new, first-time online jobs and jobs reposted from the previous month for over 16,000 Internet job boards, corporate boards and smaller job sites that serve niche markets and smaller geographic areas. The data can be used as a real-time measure of labor demand.

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October 27th Weekly Connecticut Initial and Continuing Unemployment Insurance Claims
Break down unemployment claims by age, education, industry, gender, town, RNO and wages can offer valuable insight for planning and budgeting purposes, and for developing responsible strategies for re-opening the state during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Oct. 26th
2020
October 22nd October 17th, 2020 Extra Issue #29 Conference Board Help Wanted OnLine Data Series
During the week ending October 17, 2020, there were 4,920 new postings. New postings are up 4 new ads from a week ago and up 175 from four weeks ago. This small weekly change overlays larger industry level shifts. Increasing industries include Finance and Insurance (+95 new ads or +25%), Professional, Scientific, & Technical Services (+86 new ads or +41%), and Manufacturing (+43 new ads or +35%). Industries with large decreases include Healthcare and Social Assistance (-172 new ads or -19%) and Educational Services (-69 new ads or 32%).

12 sector had job posting increases over the week and 9 had decreases. Some of the largest percent increases occurred in Construction (+77% or +33 new ads), Professional, Scientific & Technical Services (+41% or +86 new ads), and Wholesale Trade (+32% or +10 new ads). The 9 decreasing industries fell by a combined 347 ads over the week. Among decreasing industries, 49.6% occurred in Health Care and Social Assistance (-19% or -172 new ads).

Employers with the most new job postings for the week ending October 17th were mostly in Retail Trade, Finance & Insurance, and Health Care. The 25 employers shown above account for 22 percent of all new ads. The employers with the largest increase over the week were Amazon (+49 new ads), Petco (+37 new ads) and CVS Health (+35 new ads). Three of the top 25 employers had decreases over the week, the largest being Hartford Healthcare (-59 new ads) and Lowe's (-59 new ads).

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Oct. 17th
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October 16th October 10th, 2020 Extra Issue #28 Conference Board Help Wanted OnLine Data Series
During the week ending October 10rd, 2020, there were 4,916 new postings. New postings are up 258 new ads from a week ago and up 201 from four weeks ago. This over the week increase was driven by Educational Services (+78 new ads or +56%), Manufacturing (+54 new ads or +19%), and Transportation and Warehousing (+43 new ads or +35%). Since early June, weekly new ads averaged 4,793 ads per week and ranged from a low of 3,459 (week ending 9/26) and a high of 5,984 (week ending 6/13).

12 sector had job posting increases over the week and 9 had decreases. Some of the largest percent increases occurred in Educational Services (+56% or +78 new ads), Public Administration (+36% or +20 new ads), and Transportation and Warehousing (+35% or +43 new ads). The 9 decreasing industries fell by a combined 278 ads over the week. Among decreasing industries, 41% occurred in Health Care and Social Assistance (-11% or -115 new ads).

Employers with the most new job postings for the week ending October 10th were mostly in Retail Trade, Finance & Insurance, and Health Care. The 25 employers shown above account for 19.1 percent of all new ads for the. The employers with the largest increase over the week were Hartford Healthcare (+87 new ads), The Home Depot (+79 new ads) and the State of Connecticut (+64 new ads). Nine of the top 25 employers had decreases over the week, the largest being General Dynamics (-38 new ads) and Stamford Hospital (-37 new ads).

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Oct. 10th
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October 10th Consumer Price Index for All Urban Consumers (CPI-U)
The Consumer Price Index for All Urban Consumers (CPI-U) increased 0.2 percent in September on a seasonally adjusted basis after rising 0.4 percent in August, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reported today. Over the last 12 months, the all items index increased 1.4 percent before seasonal adjustment.

The index for used cars and trucks continued to rise sharply and accounted for most of the monthly increase in the seasonally adjusted all items index. The food index was unchanged, with an increase in the food away from home index offsetting a decline in the food at home index. The energy index rose 0.8 percent in September as the index for natural gas increased 4.2 percent.

The index for all items less food and energy rose 0.2 percent in September after larger increases in July and August. The index for used cars and trucks rose 6.7 percent in September, its largest monthly increase since February 1969. The indexes for shelter, new vehicles, and recreation also increased in September. The indexes for motor vehicle insurance, airline fares, and apparel were among those to decline over the month.

The all items index rose 1.4 percent for the 12 months ending September, a slightly larger increase than the 1.3-percent rise for the 12-month period ending August. The index for all items less food and energy rose 1.7 percent over the last 12 months, the same increase as the period ending August. The food index increased 3.9 percent over the last 12 months, while the energy index declined 7.7 percent.

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October 9th October 3rd, 2020 Extra Issue #27 Conference Board Help Wanted OnLine Data Series
During the week ending October 3rd, 2020, there were 4,658 new postings. New postings are up 1,169 new ads from a week ago and down 1,301 from four weeks ago. This over the week increase was driven by Health Care & Social Assistance (+438 new ads or +73%), Retail Trade (+174 new ads or +31%), and Accommodation and Food Services (+151 new ads or +114%). Since early June, weekly new ads have averaged 4,787 new ads per week.

17 sector had job posting increases over the week, one was unchanged, and 3 had decreases. Some of the largest percent increases occurred in Accommodation and Food Services (+114% or +151 new ads), Health Care and Social Assistance (+73 or +438 new ads), and Professional, Scientific, and Technical Services (+53% or +85 new ads). The three industries with decreases over the week were Arts, Entertainment, and Recreation (-60% or -24 new ads) and Educational Services (-27% or -52 new ads) and Finance and Insurance (-1% or -4 new ads).

Employers with the most new job postings for the week ending October 3rd were mostly in Retail Trade, Healthcare, and Finance and Insurance. The 25 employers shown above account for 21.5 percent of all new ads for the. The employers with the largest increase over the week were The Home Depot (+84 new ads) and Trinity Health (+65 new ads). Four of the top 25 employers had decreases over the week, the largest being Target (-38 new ads) and Lowe's (-23 new ads).

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October 5th Weekly Connecticut Initial and Continuing Unemployment Insurance Claims
Break down unemployment claims by age, education, industry, gender, town, RNO and wages can offer valuable insight for planning and budgeting purposes, and for developing responsible strategies for re-opening the state during the COVID-19 pandemic.

October 5th
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October 2nd September 26th, 2020 Extra Issue #25 Conference Board Help Wanted OnLine Data Series
During the week ending September 26th, 2020, there were 3,489 new postings. New postings are down 1,256 new ads from a week ago and down 1,132 from four weeks ago. This over the week decline was driven by declines in Health Care & Social Assistance (-240 new ads or -29%), Retail Trade (-159 new ads or -22%), and Finance and Insurance (-153 new ads or -31%). Since early June through the last full week of September, total weekly new ads have troughed every six weeks to levels around 3,500 after peaking at almost 6,000.

19 sector had job posting decreases over the week and 3 had increases. Some of the largest percent decreases occurred in Real Estate (-64% or -67 new ads), Public Administration (-57% or -50 new ads), and Utilities (-57% or -21 new ads). The three industries with increases over the week were Arts, Entertainment, and Recreation (+74% or +17 new ads) and Educational Services (+34% or +48 new ads) and Agriculture (+167% or +5 new ads).

Employers with the most new job postings for the week ending September 19th were mostly in Finance & Insurance, Retail Trade, and Healthcare. The 25 employers shown above account for 25.2 percent of all new ads for the week ending September 26th, 2020. The employers with the largest increase over the week were Target (+63 new ads), Betterhelp (+33 new ads), and the Norwalk Public School District (+28 new ads). Nine out of 25 employers had over the week declines, the largest being Hartford Healthcare (-57 new ads) and Amazon (-57 new ads).

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Sept. 26th
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October 1st October 2020 Connecticut Economic Digest
The Connecticut Economic Digest's purpose is to regularly provide users with a comprehensive source for the most current, up-to-date data available on the workforce and economy of the state, within perspectives of the region and nation.
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October 1st Connecticut Town Economic Indexes Fell Slightly in 2019 - October 2020 Economic Digest article
Connecticut's overall economy continued its moderate growth last year, based on the index performances of cities and towns. The indexes on page 3 give a broad measure of business and resident economic well-being of each town, allowing comparisons among them.

The CTEI Methodology
The Connecticut Town Economic Indexes (CTEI) were introduced five years ago and are released annually. The Connecticut Department of Labor's Office of Research developed the composite indexes of all 169 municipalities in the state to measure each town or city's overall economic health, which then can be ranked and compared to others to gain perspective. The four annual average town economic indicators used as components are total covered business establishments, total covered employment, inflation-adjusted covered annual average wages, and the unemployment rate.

Establishments are the physical work units located in the municipality. Employment is the number payroll employees in establishments that are located in the town. Wages are the aggregate payroll pay divided by the total average employment. These three measures come from the Quarterly Census of Employment and Wages (QCEW) program and include all those who are covered under unemployment insurance law, thus capturing nearly 100 percent of all payroll employees in each town. [ read more ]

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September 25th September 19th, 2020 Extra Issue #25 Conference Board Help Wanted OnLine Data Series
During the week ending September 19th, 2020, there were 4,745 new postings. New postings are up 30 new ads from a week ago and up 124 from four weeks ago. This low over the week change was driven by 11 increasing industries, the largest being Health Care and Social Assistance (+150 new ads) and 10 decreasing industries, the largest decrease being Accommodation and Food Services (-148 new ads). Over Four weeks, the largest increases occurring in Finance and Insurance (+124 new ads or +33%) and Health Care and Social Assistance (+62 new ads or +8%).

11 sectors had job posting increases over the week and 10 had decreases. Some of the largest percent increases occurred in Wholesale Trade (+107% or +15 new ads), Utilities (+76% or +16 new ads), and Manufacturing (+26% or +68 new ads). Increasing sectors had a combined 395 ad increase over the week and declining sectors fell by 365. Major sectors with large decreases over the week include Accommodation and Food Service (-45% or -148 new ads) and Educational Services (-35% or -76 new ads).

Employers with the most new job postings for the week ending September 19th were mostly in Retail Trade and Finance & Insurance. The 25 employers shown above account for 22.5 percent of all new ads for the week ending September 19th, 2020. The employers with the largest increase over the week were Hartford Healthcare (+144 new ads), Gamestop Incorporated (+52 new ads), and Quest Diagnostics (+40 new ads). Two out of 25 employers had over the week declines, they where Travelers (-20 new ads) and Lowe's Companies, Inc (-5 new ads).

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Sept. 19th
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September 18th September 12th, 2020 Extra Issue #24 Conference Board Help Wanted OnLine Data Series
During the week ending September 12th, 2020, there were 4,715 new postings. New postings are down 13% or -688 new ads from a week ago but up 44% or +1,435 from four weeks ago. This one-week decrease was driven by Health Care & Social Assistance (-441 new ads), Manufacturing (-156 new ads) and Educational Services (-86 new ads). Decreasing sectors were down a combined 852 new ads while the six increasing sectors were up a combined 164. Every sector is up over four weeks ago. That week ending August 15th had the second lowest new ad count since mid-May. Over Four weeks, the largest increases occurred in Retail Trade, Finance & Insurance, and Accommodation & Food Service.

6 sectors had job posting increases over the week and 15 had decreases. Some of the largest percent increases occurred in Professional, Scientific, & Technical Services (+30% or +64 new ads) and Administrative & Support (+30% or +41 new ads). About half of the total declines among those 15 sectors over the week was due to large declines in Healthcare and Social Assistance, which is down 441 or -39% from a week ago. Other major sectors with large decreases over the week include Manufacturing (-38% or -156 new ads) and Educational Services (-28% or -86 new ads). Though most industries had declines from a week ago, every industry had more ads than four weeks ago.

Employers with the most new job postings for the week ending September 12th were mostly in Retail Trade and Finance & Insurance. The 25 employers shown below account for 17.5 percent of all new ads for the week ending September 12th, 2020. The employers with the largest increase over the week were Kohl's (+61 new ads), UnitedHealth Group (+35 new ads), and Allied Universal (+28 new ads). Five out of 25 employers had over the week declines, the largest were Boston Market (-43 new ads), Amazon (-29 new ads) and CVS Health (-4 new ads).

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Sept. 12th
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September 14th Weekly Connecticut Initial and Continuing Unemployment Insurance Claims
Break down unemployment claims by age, education, industry, gender, town, RNO and wages can offer valuable insight for planning and budgeting purposes, and for developing responsible strategies for re-opening the state during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Sept. 14th
2020
September 11h September 5th, 2020 Extra Issue #23 Conference Board Help Wanted OnLine Data Series
During the week ending September 5th, 2020, there were 5,403 new postings. New postings are up 7.5% or 379 ads from a week ago. This one-week increase is driven by Manufacturing (+116 new ads), Educational Services (+101 new ads) and Health Care & Social Assistance (+76 new ads). Fifteen gaining sectors had a combined 541 more new ads than the prior week. These gains were dampened by combined new ad declines of 162 in six sectors, the largest being Professional, Scientific, & Technical Services (-91 new ads), Retail Trade (-48 new ads) and Utilities (-10 new ads). New postings for the week ending September 5th was a four-week high and was the fourth highest weekly count during the past six months. This weekly level is 42% higher than new posting counts from a year ago.

15 sectors had job posting increases over the week and 6 had decreases. Some of the largest percent increases occurred in Educational Services (+50% or +101 new ads), Information (+48% or +46 new ads), and Other Services (+46% or +41 new ads). The six decreasing sectors were down 91 or less over the week. Some of the largest decreases occurred in Professional, Scientific, and Technical Services (-91 new ads or -30%), Utilities (-10 new ads or -22%), and Retail Trade (-48 new ads or -7%).

Employers with the most new job postings for the week ending September 5th were mostly in Retail Trade, Finance & Insurance, and Health Care. The 25 employers shown below account for 19 percent of all new ads for the week ending September 5th, 2020. The employers with the largest increase over the week were The Hartford (+67 new ads), Trinity Health (+37 new ads), and The Fresh Market (+31 new ads). Eight out of 25 employers had over the week declines, the largest were UnitedHealth Group (-26 new ads), Anthem Blue Cross (-24 new ads) and Cigna Corporation (-20 new ads).

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September 11h Consumer Price Index for All Urban Consumers (CPI-U)
The Consumer Price Index for All Urban Consumers (CPI-U) increased 0.4 percent in August on a seasonally adjusted basis after rising 0.6 percent in July, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reported today. Over the last 12 months, the all items index increased 1.3 percent before seasonal adjustment.

The monthly increase in the seasonally adjusted all items index was broad-based; a sharp rise in the used cars and trucks index was the largest factor, but the indexes for gasoline, shelter, recreation, and household furnishings and operations also contributed. The energy index rose 0.9 percent in August as the gasoline index rose 2.0 percent. The food index rose 0.1 percent in August after falling in July; an increase in the food away from home index more than offset a slight decline in the food at home index.

The index for all items less food and energy rose 0.4 percent in August after increasing 0.6 percent in July. The sharp rise in the index for used cars and trucks accounted for over 40 percent of the increase; the indexes for shelter, recreation, household furnishings and operations, apparel, motor vehicle insurance, and airline fares also rose. The indexes for education and personal care were among the few to decline.

The all items index increased 1.3 percent for the 12 months ending August; this figure has been rising since the period ending May 2020, when the 12-month increase was 0.1 percent. The index for all items less food and energy increased 1.7 percent over the last 12 months. The food index increased 4.1 percent over the last 12 months, with the index for food at home rising 4.6 percent. Despite recent monthly increases, the energy index fell 9.0 percent over the last 12 months.

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September 8th Weekly Connecticut Initial and Continuing Unemployment Insurance Claims
Break down unemployment claims by age, education, industry, gender, town, RNO and wages can offer valuable insight for planning and budgeting purposes, and for developing responsible strategies for re-opening the state during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Sept. 7th
2020
September 4th August 29th, 2020 Extra Issue #22 Conference Board Help Wanted OnLine Data Series
During the week ending August 29th, 2020, there were 5,024 new postings. New postings are up 9% or 403 ads from a week ago. This one-week increase is driven by Health Care & Social Assistance (+277 new ads), Professional, Scientific, & Technical Services (+89 new ads), Accommodation & Food Services (+89 new ads), and Finance & Insurance (+81 new ads). Ten gaining sectors had a combined 628 more new ads than the prior week. These gains were dampened by combined new ad declines of 225 in ten sectors, the largest being Information (-51 new ads), and Manufacturing (-51 new ads). There was also a decline in the number of ads where the industry was unspecified (-60 new ads). During the month of August, weekly new ads averaged 4,898 per week and averaged 4,821 during the third quarter. In comparison, weekly new ads averaged 3,686 during the second quarter of 2020 amid the height of the Covid-shutdown. Total new ads during the last week of August nearly matched levels of 5,021 had a year ago during the week ending August 31st, 2019.

10 sectors had job posting increases over the week, one was unchanged, and 10 had decreases. Some of the largest percent increases occurred in Professional, Scientific, & Technical Services (+42% or +89 new postings), Real Estate (+42% or +25 new postings), and Health Care & Social Assistance (+36% or +277 new postings). The ten decreasing sectors were down 60 or less over the week. Some of the largest decreases occurred in Information (-51 new ads or -35%), Manufacturing (-51 new ads or -15%), and Retail Trade (-35 new ads or -5%).

Employers with the most new job postings for the week ending August 29th were mostly in Retail Trade, Finance & Insurance, and Accommodation & Food Service. The 25 employers shown below account for 22 percent of all new ads for the week ending August 29, 2020. The employers with the largest increase over the week were Boston Market (+105 new ads), the State of Connecticut government (+80 new ads), and Hartford Healthcare (+44 new ads). Four out of 25 employers had over the week declines, the largest were Compass Group North America (-7 new ads), Lowe's Companies, Inc (-7 new ads) and Stamford Hospital (-5 new ads).

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August 29th
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September 2nd Summer 2020 Connecticut Career Resource Network Update
Provides individuals in the educational and occupational training communities with information on resources and upcoming events. Articles include reviews of new Web sites and books, occupational descriptions, announcements of conferences and job fairs, and other articles of interest.
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September 1st September 2020 Connecticut Economic Digest
The Connecticut Economic Digest's purpose is to regularly provide users with a comprehensive source for the most current, up-to-date data available on the workforce and economy of the state, within perspectives of the region and nation.
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September 1st A look at the Changing Demographic Composition of Connecticut Employment: 1999-2019 - September 2020 Economic Digest article
Newly released data through 2019 illustrates changes in the demographic composition of employment in the years leading up to the 2019 business cycle peak. During the past year the economy went from one extreme to the other. In a matter of weeks, the pandemic paused many sectors of the economy and required populations globally to change behavior and adapt to minimize its impact on public health. Unemployment went from a historic low to a historic high, unemployment claims reached record levels, and the US economy went swiftly into a recession by the first quarter of this year. A look at the demographic trends before the pandemic can give insight into what we can expect in a post-pandemic economy.

Long Term Trends: 1999-2019
The racial and ethnic composition of Connecticut employment has made some notable shifts over the past two decades. The U.S. Census Bureau's Quarterly Workforce Indicators (QWI) dataset allows for a detailed view of the composition of employment in the state. The Connecticut Economic Digest has previously featured this dataset in May and December of 2019 in articles that looked at age cohort changes by industry and a detailed look at demographic breakdown of overall employment by firm size.

Those articles showed that the share of the Connecticut workforce over age 54 has doubled over twenty years with pronounced increases in major sectors such as Manufacturing and Healthcare & Social Assistance. The December 2019 article illustrated how cyclical employment changes and the demographic composition of employment vary by firm size.

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August 31st 1Q2020 - Employment & Wages by Industry Covered by Unemployment Insurance - Quarterly (Statewide / LMA / WDA)
The program produces a comprehensive tabulation of employment and wage information for workers covered by Connecticut Unemployment Insurance (UI) laws and Federal workers covered by the Unemployment Compensation for Federal Employees program with three digit government data added. Data on the number of establishments, employment, and wages are reported by industry for Connecticut, Labor Market and Workforce Development Areas.
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August 31st August 22nd, 2020 Extra Issue #21 Conference Board Help Wanted OnLine Data Series
During the week ending August 22nd, 2020, there were 4,621 new postings. New postings are up 29% or 1,029 ads from a week ago. This large increase is driven by the 7-week low during the week ending August 15th, which can be seen in graph below. This large mid-August new ad drop isn't exclusive to Connecticut, similar declines occurred in adjacent state and in the US overall. Industries with the largest one-week increase include Retail Trade (+271 new ads), Health Care and Social Assistance (+241 new ads), and Manufacturing (+161 new ads).

17 sectors had job posting increases over the week and 3 had decreases. Some of the largest percent increases occurred in Information (+143% or +86 new postings), Manufacturing (+85 or +161 new postings), and Other Services (+72% or +34 new postings). The three decreasing sectors had slight declines over the week and were Mining (-6 new ads or -50%), Transportation & Warehousing (-10 new ads or -9%), and Administrative & Support (-14 new ads or -10%).

Employers with the most new job postings for the week ending August 22nd were mostly in Retail Trade, Finance & Insurance, and Healthcare. 23 out of the 25 Employers with the most-new postings had increases over the prior week, which was the lowest level since the first week of July. Five employers in the top 25 had no new postings last week. Employers with the largest 1-week change include PetSmart, Apple, Mercy Hospital, and Cigna. The two employers in the top 25 with 1-week declines were Amazon and CVS Health, down -40 and -9 new ads respectively.

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August 22nd
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August 18th Weekly Connecticut Initial and Continuing Unemployment Insurance Claims
Break down unemployment claims by age, education, industry, gender, town, RNO and wages can offer valuable insight for planning and budgeting purposes, and for developing responsible strategies for re-opening the state during the COVID-19 pandemic.

August 17th
2020
August 17th Connecticut Labor Force Data for Affirmative Action Plans - 2Q2020
Provides quarterly labor force information for Connecticut and its eight counties. The data presented are designed to meet the requirements of the Office of Federal Contract Compliance (OFCCP) and/or the Connecticut Commission on Human Rights and Opportunities (CHRO) for companies, State agencies, and municipalities that submit an Affirmative Action Plan. Includes statewide and county estimates of total labor force, unemployment rates, and unemployed women and minorities.
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August 14th August 8th, 2020 Extra Issue #20 Conference Board Help Wanted OnLine Data Series
During the week ending August 8th, 2020, there were 5,433 new postings. New postings are down 2.8% or -157 ads from a week ago. This one-week top line decrease was driven by Retail Trade and Accommodation & Food Service, respectively down 151 and 70 new postings over the week. Overall weekly declines of less than 3% suggest the power outages of last week due to Tropical Storm Isaias had little impact on new job posting. Industries that had weekly increases include Manufacturing (+84 new ads), Finance & Insurance (+45 new ads), and Professional, Scientific, and Technical Services (+39 new ads). Overall new job ads are up 16% from four weeks ago and up 3.3% over the year.

10 sectors had job posting decreases over the week, one was unchanged, and 9 and increases. Some of the largest percent decreases occurred in Wholesale Trade (-52% or -17 new postings), Real Estate (-29% or -23 new postings), and Public Administration (-22% or -29 new postings). Of the 9 increasing sectors, some of the largest increases were in Manufacturing (+36% or +84 new postings), Other Services (+22% or +22 new postings) and Finance & Insurance (+13% or +45 new postings).

Employers with the most new job postings for the week ending August 8th were mostly in Retail Trade, Finance & Insurance, and Healthcare. 17 out of the 25 Employers with the most new postings had increases over the week and 20 had increases over 4 weeks. Some of the 8 over the week decreases shown below were large compared to corresponding increases. Lowe's, Hartford Healthcare, and Amazon were down between -45 and -86 new ads. The largest over the week increase was Whole Foods, up 30 new ads.

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August 8th
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August 13th Consumer Price Index for All Urban Consumers (CPI-U)
The Consumer Price Index for All Urban Consumers (CPI-U) increased 0.6 percent in July on a seasonally adjusted basis, the same increase as in June, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reported today. Over the last 12 months, the all items index increased 1.0 percent before seasonal adjustment.

The gasoline index continued to rise in July after increasing sharply in June and accounted for about one quarter of the monthly increase in the seasonally adjusted all items index. The energy index increased 2.5 percent in July as the gasoline index rose 5.6 percent. This was partially offset by the food index, which decreased 0.4 percent in July, with the index for food at home declining 1.1 percent.

he index for all items less food and energy rose 0.6 percent in July, its largest increase since January 1991. The index for motor vehicle insurance increased sharply in July, as it did the previous month. The indexes for shelter, communication, used cars and trucks, and medical care also increased in July, while the index for recreation declined.

The all items index increased 1.0 percent for the 12 months ending July, a larger increase than the 0.6-percent rise for the period ending June. The index for all items less food and energy increased 1.6 percent over the last 12 months. The food index increased 4.1 percent over the last 12 months, with the index for food at home rising 4.6 percent. Despite increasing in July, the energy index fell 11.2 percent over the last 12 months.

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August 11th Weekly Connecticut Initial and Continuing Unemployment Insurance Claims
Break down unemployment claims by age, education, industry, gender, town, RNO and wages can offer valuable insight for planning and budgeting purposes, and for developing responsible strategies for re-opening the state during the COVID-19 pandemic.

August 10th
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August 10th Connecticut Occupational Employment & Wages by State / LMA / WDA - 2020
Provides accurate and meaningful wage information to employers, job seekers, counselors, students, planners of vocational education programs, economic developers, Regional Workforce Development Boards, and others.
Connecticut Occupational Employment & Wages - 2020 (xlsx) 1Q 2020
August 10th State of Connecticut NAICS Industry - Occupational Employment and Wages (OES)- 2020
Provides accurate and meaningful wage information to employers, job seekers, counselors, students, planners of vocational education programs, economic developers, Regional Workforce Development Boards, and others.
Connecticut Occupational Employment & Wages - 2020 (xlsx) 1Q 2020
August 9th Weekly Connecticut Initial and Continuing Unemployment Insurance Claims
Break down unemployment claims by age, education, industry, gender, town, RNO and wages can offer valuable insight for planning and budgeting purposes, and for developing responsible strategies for re-opening the state during the COVID-19 pandemic.

August 3rd
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August 7th August 1st, 2020 Extra Issue #19 Conference Board Help Wanted OnLine Data Series
During the week ending August 1st, 2020, there were 5,590 new postings. New postings are up 8% or +432 ads from a week ago. This one-week top line increase was driven by Retail Trade and Health Care & Social Assistance, respectively up 148 and 128 new postings over the week. Large weekly declines in other industries include Finance & Insurance (-124) and Manufacturing (-103). Total new weekly postings during the months of June and July were between 4,376 and 6,117. During the height of the statewide lockdown in April and May, weekly postings ranged between 2,273 and 4,341. This report includes new postings data from the week before Tropical Storm Isaias caused power outages throughout the state. The impact of that storm may have a dampening effect on total new job ads in next week's report.

10 sectors had job posting increases over the week and 10 sectors had decreases. Some of the largest percent increases occurred in Public Administration (+63% or +50 new postings), Educational Services (+32% or +65 new postings), and Accommodation & Food Services (+31% or +89 new postings). Of the 10 declining sectors, 6 had new job ad decreases of 7 ads or less. Sectors with larger decreases include Manufacturing (-31% or -103 new postings), Prof.,Sci.,& Tech. Services (-28% or -85 new postings) and Finance & Insurance (-26% or -124 new postings).

The ten employers with the most new job postings for the week ending July 25th were mostly in Retail Trade, Finance & Insurance, and Healthcare. 9 out of 10 Employers with the most new postings had increases over the week. Some of the largest increases over the week were had by Lowe's Companies, Kohl's, and Dattco Travel.

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August 1st
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August 3rd August 2020 Connecticut Economic Digest
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August 3rd Covered Employment and Wages: A 2019 Annual Review - August 2020 Economic Digest article
According to the most recent data published by the Quarterly Census of Employment and Wages (QCEW) program, the number of jobs in Connecticut decreased by 0.2 percent during 2019. Connecticut reversed the pattern of slow but steady employment growth since the Great Recession toward the end of 2019. Total private industry employment, constituting 86.5 percent of the state's employment total, decreased by 0.2 percent. Total government employment held steady year-over-year.

Average annual wages for all Connecticut jobs increased by 3.0 percent, to $69,787, nearly double the improvement on the increase in 2018. In 2019, private sector wages increased by 3.3 percent to $70,554; government wages increased 1.1 percent to $64,855.

The number of business establishments continued their expansion, with a new total of 123,766, an increase of 1.4 percent over 2018. Total private establishments represented nearly all of the increase, reaching 120,419 in 2019. Government worksites increased 0.2 percent in the state, from 3,340 in 2018 to 3,347 in 2019.

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July 31st July 25th, 2020 Extra Issue #18 Conference Board Help Wanted OnLine Data Series
During the week ending July 25th, 2020, there were 5,158 new postings. New postings are up 18% or +782 ads from a week ago. This one-week top line increase was driven by Finance & Insurance and Retail Trade, respectively up 146 and 133 new postings over the week. Weekly declines in other industries were much lower and include Transportation & Warehousing (-32 new ads or -18%), Public Administration (-30 new ads or -28%), and Other Services (-22 new ads or -20%). Total new weekly postings have been above 4,000 since late May and the most recent week of new ads is the third highest level in the past four months.

16 sectors had job posting increases over the week and 4 sectors had decreases. Some of the largest percent increases occurred in Information (+44% or +42 new postings), Finance and Insurance (+44% or +146 new postings), and Real Estate (+39% or +24 new postings). Large percent decrease industries include Public Administration (-28% or -30 new postings), Other Services (-20% or -22 new postings) and Transportation and Warehousing (-18% or -32 new posting).

The ten employers with the most new job postings for the week ending July 25th were mostly in Finance & Insurance, Retail Trade and Healthcare. 9 out of 10 Employers with the most new postings had increases over the week. Amazon had the largest one-week new ad increase and the largest four-week decrease.

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July 25th
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July 29th Business Employment Dynamics 4Q2019
From October 2019 to December 2019, gross job gains from opening and expanding private sector establishments in Connecticut was 78,090, a decrease of 962 jobs from the previous quarter. Over this period, gross job losses from closing and contracting private sector establishments was 79,474, a decrease of 2,854 jobs from the previous quarter.

During the fourth quarter of 2019, difference between gross job gains and gross job losses yielded a net employment loss of -1,384 jobs in the private sector. This fourth quarter net loss is much lower than the fourth quarter net loss of -6,934 experience a year before in 2019.

From 2004 to 2007, annual average net employment change was between 1,534 and 4,190 jobs. It fell precipitously to a series low of -15,445 jobs in 2009 and was up to 2,608 the following year. Annual average net change was positive from 2010-2018 and was -3,169 jobs in 2019. This is the 6th negative annual average year since 1992, the other net negative years were 2001, 2002, 2003, 2008, and 2009.

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July 27th Weekly Connecticut Initial and Continuing Unemployment Insurance Claims
Break down unemployment claims by age, education, industry, gender, town, RNO and wages can offer valuable insight for planning and budgeting purposes, and for developing responsible strategies for re-opening the state during the COVID-19 pandemic.

July 27th
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July 24th July 18th, 2020 Extra Issue #17 Conference Board Help Wanted OnLine Data Series
During the week ending July 18th, 2020, there were 4,376 new postings. New postings are down 8% or -379 ads from a week ago. This one-week top line decrease was driven by Retail Trade, down 397 new postings from a week before. That prior week ending July 11th had the highest level of Retail Trade new postings in 2020. Weekly declines in other industries were much lower and include Accommodation & Food Service (-34 new ads or -13%), Real Estate (-23 new ads or -27%) and Educational Services (-15 new ads or -9%). Industries with weekly increases include Professional & Business Services (+56 new ads or +33%), Public Administration (+44 new ads or +68%) and Transportation & Warehousing (+41 new ads or +30%). Total weekly postings since early June have been above April and May levels. The most recent week of new postings is slightly below week ending March 14th levels of 4,577, which was last full week before non-essential businesses to closed in the state.

9 sectors had job posting decreases over the week, two were unchanged, and 9 sectors had increases. Some of the largest percent decreases occurred in Retail Trade (-43% or -397 new postings), Real Estate (-27% or -23 new postings) and Arts, Entertainment & Recreation (-23% or -6 new postings). Large percent increase industries include Public Administration (+68% or +44 new postings), Wholesale Trade (+59% or 13 new postings) and Utilities (+43% or +6 new posting). Over four weeks, 15 sectors had new postings decreases and 5 had increases.

The ten employers with the most new job postings for the week ending July 18th were mostly in Retail Trade and Healthcare. 9 out of 10 employers with the most new ads had a new ad increase over the week and 8 out of 10 had new ad increases over four weeks.

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July 18th
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July 22nd 2019 Covered Employment and Wages by Industry - Annual Averages (Statewide / County / LMA / WDA / Town)
Employment and wage information for workers covered by Connecticut Unemployment Insurance (UI) laws and Federal workers covered by the Unemployment Compensation for Federal Employees (UCFE) program.(three digit government data added)
2019
July 22nd 2019 Worksites by Size Class
Worksites is a count of firms, excluding government, that have only one location, plus a count of each location of firms that have operations in more than one location. The sum of the substate areas is less than the statewide total because some multi-location firms and others that don't have a physical location are coded as statewide and therefore have no substate area designation.
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July 17th July 11th, 2020 Extra Issue #16 Conference Board Help Wanted OnLine Data Series
During the week ending July 11th, 2020, there were 4,755 new postings. New postings are up 8% from a week ago, but down 22% from 4 weeks ago. This one-week top line increase was driven by Retail Trade (+480 new postings or +110%), Other Services (+55 new postings or +93%) and Manufacturing (+52 new postings or +24%). Industries with the largest one-week decreases were Transportation & Warehousing (-335 new postings or -71%), Utilities (-42 new postings or 75%), and Professional, Scientific, and Technical Services (-42 new postings or -20%). Weekly job ads for the month of June through the second week of July have been consistently above levels from April and May of this year. Though new ads are currently below levels from early March, they are up 113% from 52 weeks ago.

11 sectors had job posting increases over the week, one was unchanged, and 8 sectors had increases. Some of the largest percent increases occurred in Retail Trade (+110% or +480 new postings), Other Services (+93% or +55 new postings) and Administrative and Support (+32% or +36 new postings). Though most sectors have new ad increase over the week, most are also below levels from 4 weeks ago. The eight sectors with over the week percent increases include Utilities (-75% or -42 new postings), Transportation and Warehousing (-71% or -335 new postings), Professional, Scientific, and Technical Services (-20% or -42 new postings) and Public Administration (-19% or -15 new postings).

The ten employers with the most new job postings for the week ending July 11th were mostly in Retail Trade, Healthcare, and Finance & Insurance. Half of the top ten employers are in the Retail Trade industry, which is up 110% over the week and corresponds with strong new ads increases for Retail Salespersons and Supervisors of Retail Sales Workers. 8 out of the 10 employers with the most new ads had a new ad increase over the week.

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July 11th
2020
July 14th Weekly Connecticut Initial and Continuing Unemployment Insurance Claims
Break down unemployment claims by age, education, industry, gender, town, RNO and wages can offer valuable insight for planning and budgeting purposes, and for developing responsible strategies for re-opening the state during the COVID-19 pandemic.

July 6th
2020
July 14th Consumer Price Index for All Urban Consumers (CPI-U)
The Consumer Price Index for All Urban Consumers (CPI-U) increased 0.6 percent in June on a seasonally adjusted basis after falling 0.1 percent in May, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reported today. Over the last 12 months, the all items index increased 0.6 percent before seasonal adjustment.

The gasoline index rose sharply in June after recent declines and accounted for over half of the monthly increase in the seasonally adjusted all items index. The energy index increased 5.1 percent in June as the gasoline index rose 12.3 percent. The food index also rose in June, increasing 0.6 percent as the index for food at home continued to rise.

The index for all items less food and energy rose 0.2 percent in June, its first monthly increase since February. The index for motor vehicle insurance increased sharply in June after recent declines. The indexes for apparel, shelter, and medical care also increased in June, while the indexes for used cars and trucks, recreation, and communication all declined.

The all items index increased 0.6 percent for the 12 months ending June; this compares to a 0.1-percent increase for the 12 months ending May. The index for all items less food and energy increased 1.2 percent over the last 12 months. The food index increased 4.5 percent over the last 12 months, with the index for food at home rising 5.6 percent. Despite increasing in June, the energy index fell 12.6 percent over the last 12 months.

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July 10th July 4th, 2020 Extra Issue #15 Conference Board Help Wanted OnLine Data Series
During the week ending July 4th, 2020, there were 4,410 new postings. New postings are down 24% from a week ago, down 20% from 4 weeks ago, but up 26% from a year ago. This one-week top line decrease was driven by Retail Trade (-338 new postings or 44%), Accommodation & Food Service (-259 new postings or -49%), and Heath Care & Social Assistance (-194 new ads or -19%). Industries with the largest one-week increases were Transportation & Warehousing (+232 new postings or +97%%) and Utilities (+18 new postings or 47%). This recent level is 1,417 ads above the 2020 low of 2,793 ads which occurred during the week ending May 16th, 2020.

16 sectors had job posting decreases over the week, and 4 sectors had increases. Some of the largest percent decreases occurred in Arts, Entertainment, and Recreation (-41 new postings or -65%), Other Services (-62 new postings or -51%), Accommodation & Food Services (-259 new postings or -49%) and Retail Trade (-338 new postings or -44%). Many of the largest percent decreasing industries were those significantly impacted by the shutdown and had large increases in recent weeks when sectors of the economy opened back up. The four industries with over the week percent increases include Transportation & Warehousing (+232 new postings or 97%), Wholesale Trade (+7 new postings or 54%), Utilities (+18 new postings or 47%) and Agriculture (+1 posting or 33%).

The ten employers with the most new job postings for the week ending July 4th were mostly in Healthcare, Finance & Insurance, and Retail Trade. Total job ads for C.R. England, Inc correspond with the Heavy and Tractor-Trailer Truck Driver occupational ads. Many occupations had lower weekly counts than prior weeks which may be due in part to the July 4th holiday.

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July 4th
2020
July 7th July 2020 Connecticut Economic Digest
The Connecticut Economic Digest's purpose is to regularly provide users with a comprehensive source for the most current, up-to-date data available on the workforce and economy of the state, within perspectives of the region and nation.
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2020
July 7th Connecticut's Housing Market Trended Upward in 2019 - July 2020 Economic Digest article #1
Connecticut's housing market showed signs of strength in 2019 as new permits reached their second highest level since 2007 and home sales prices reached an eleven-year high. This article examines several factors contributing to the state's housing rebound.

Housing Production
According to data release from the Bureau of the Census, cities and towns in Connecticut authorized 5,854 single and multifamily homes with a total valuation of $1.354 billion in 2019. The level of production is the highest since 2015 and represents a 21.6% increase compared to 4,815 in 2018. Connecticut had the third highest percent gain among fifty states: New Jersey and Arkansas led with 30.6% and 25.0%, respectively.

In 2019, Fairfield County authorized the most permits with the largest share (39.7%), followed by New Haven County (24.8%) and Hartford County (13.5%). Both Litchfield and Middlesex counties had the smallest share (2.3%). Stamford, New Haven, Fairfield, Milford and Norwalk issued the most permits. Combined, they accounted for 42% of all housing units authorized last year. [  read more ]  

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July 7th What Commuter Rail Brings to Central Connecticut - July 2020 Economic Digest article #2
Generational change for commuters arrived on June 18, 2018 as the Hartford Line passenger railroad, also known as CT Rail, began daily service between New Haven and Springfield, MA. Official rollout of the service began after a preview weekend so popular that trains had to intermittently stop taking passengers. The $768 million project came to life through a partnership among the Connecticut and Massachusetts state transportation departments, Amtrak, and several federal agencies. This article offers a brief look at CT Rail's vision and origin, its ridership, and development plans in various stages of completion since CT Rail's inception two summers ago. [ read more ]  
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July
2020
Article #2
July 6th Weekly Connecticut Initial and Continuing Unemployment Insurance Claims
Break down unemployment claims by age, education, industry, gender, town, RNO and wages can offer valuable insight for planning and budgeting purposes, and for developing responsible strategies for re-opening the state during the COVID-19 pandemic.

June 29nd
2020
July 2th June 27th, 2020 Extra Issue #14 Conference Board Help Wanted OnLine Data Series
During the week ending June 27, 2020, there were 5,778 new postings. New postings are up 10% from a week ago and up 18% over 4 weeks. This one-week top line increase was driven by Accommodation & Food Service (+188 new postings or +56%), Retail Trade (+143 new postings or 23%) and Transportation & Warehousing (+122 new postings or 105%). Industries with the largest one-week decreases were Professional, Scientific, & Technical Services (-109 new postings or -33%) and Finance & Insurance (-23 new postings or 6%). This recent level is more than double the 2020 low of 2,793 ads which occurred during the week ending May 16th, 2020.

14 sectors had job posting increases over the week, one was unchanged, and 5 sectors had decreases. Some of the largest percent increases occurred in Transportation & Warehousing (+122 new postings or +105%), Utilities (+14 new postings or 58%), and Accommodation & Food Services (+188 new postings or +56%). Many of the sectors with the largest percent increases were those significantly impacted by the pandemic lockdown. The five sectors with over the week percent declines include Management (-5 new postings or 56%), Professional, Scientific, & Technical Services (-109 new postings or -33%), and Construction (-19 new postings or -22%).

The ten employers with the most new job postings for the week ending June 27th were mostly in Healthcare, Finance & Insurance, and Retail Trade. Many top employers had few or no job ads in the prior week and many had 2-3 times their count from four weeks ago.

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June 27th
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June 30th Connecticut's Short-Term Employment Outlook 2019-2021
The Pandemic, The Recession, and its Impact on Labor Markets
2020 will be remembered as a pivotal year in world history. For many, no other period in their lifetime has had more things change as swiftly and as drastically as they have this year. In a few short months, a pandemic swept across the globe and caused an unprecedented halt to what had been a historic period of economic expansion. As billions of people adjusted to the current reality, uncertainty due to our ever-evolving understanding of Covid-19 and its impact on public health and the economy will likely cause some drastic shifts to how our labor force operates.

This annual outlook includes a review of various data sources to help contextualize the current state of our labor force demographics and recent economic trends. The concluding section contains short term employment projections that were done in February 2020, just before the economic shutdown occurred. As a result of this, they are best utilized as indicators of where the Connecticut economy was trending and our expectations of where growth was going to occur before the global pandemic black swan event.

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June 26th June 20th, 2020 Extra Issue #13 Conference Board Help Wanted OnLine Data Series
During the week ending June 20, 2020, there were 5,229 new postings. New postings are down 23% from a week ago and up 19% over 4 weeks. This level is 22% above new ad levels from a year ago. The one-week decline was driven by Health Care and Social Assistance (-759 new postings or -23%), Retail Trade (-162 new postings or -20%), and Transportation and Warehousing (-75 new postings or 39%). Industries with the largest one-week increases were Other Services (+15 new postings or +17%), Professional, Scientific & Technical Services (+7 new postings or +2%) and Management (+4 new postings or +80%).

14 sectors had job posting decreases over the week and 6 sectors had increases. Some of the largest percent decreases occurred in Arts, Entertainment, and Recreation (-72 new postings or -61%), Healthcare and Social Assistance (-759 new postings or -44%), and Transportation and Warehousing (-75 new postings or -39%). Over the week industry new ad decreases far outsized industry increases, increases ranged between 4-15 more new ads than a week before. The largest industry increases over the week occurred in Other Services (+15 new postings or +17%) and Professional Scientific, and Technical Services (+7 new postings or +2%).

The ten employers with the most new job postings for the week ending June 20th were mostly in Retail Trade, Healthcare, and Finance & Insurance. Most of the top employers are nationwide retail chains or Connecticut-based insurance or healthcare providers. Retail employers had the largest percent increases over the week while many of the other top employers such as Anthem Blue Cross and Yale-New Haven Health System had more stable new ad counts.

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June 20th
2020
June 24th Conference Board Help Wanted OnLine Data Series
Total postings in Connecticut was 40,394 in May 2020.

Industry sectors with the most job postings were Health Care and Social Assistance (9,360 postings), Retail Trade (3,374 postings),Finance and Insurance (3,195 posting), Manufacturing (2,558 postings), and Professional, and Business Services (2,525 postings).

Occupations with the most postings were Registered Nurses (2,597 postings), Computer Occupations (1,271 postings), Software Developers, Applications (1,221 postings), and Retail Salespersons (1,070 postings).

The Conference Board Help Wanted OnLine Data Series (HWOL) measures the number of new, first-time online jobs and jobs reposted from the previous month for over 16,000 Internet job boards, corporate boards and smaller job sites that serve niche markets and smaller geographic areas. The data can be used as a real-time measure of labor demand.

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2020
June 23rd Weekly Connecticut Initial and Continuing Unemployment Insurance Claims
Break down unemployment claims by age, education, industry, gender, town, RNO and wages can offer valuable insight for planning and budgeting purposes, and for developing responsible strategies for re-opening the state during the COVID-19 pandemic.

June 22nd
2020
June 19th June 13th, 2020 Extra Issue #12 Conference Board Help Wanted OnLine Data Series
During the week ending June 13, 2020, there were 6,820 new postings. This is the highest number of new postings since early March. New postings are up 23% from a week ago and up 137% over 4 weeks. This one-week top line increase was driven by Health Care and Social Assistance (+445 new postings or +34%), Retail Trade (+218 new postings or +38%), and Arts, Entertainment, and Recreation (+96 new postings or 436%). Industries with the largest one-week decreases were Administrative and Support (-56 new postings or -21%), Wholesale Trade (-7 new postings or -25%) and Public Administration (-7 new postings or 9%).

12 sectors had job posting increases over the week, one was unchanged, and 7 sectors had decreases. Some of the largest percent increases occurred in Arts, Entertainment, and Recreation (+96 new postings or +436%), Educational Services (+89 new postings or +66%), Construction (+43 new postings or +59%), and Retail Trade (+218 new postings or +38%). Though more sectors had decreases over the week than earlier this month, 6 of those 7 sectors had declines of 7 postings or less. Administrative and Support had the largest decline, down 56 new postings or -21%.

The ten employers with the most new job postings for the week ending June 13th were mostly in Retail Trade, Healthcare, and Finance & Insurance. Many top employers had few or no job ads in the prior week, which reflects the short-term changes to Covid-related restrictions in the state.

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June 13th
2020
June 15th Weekly Connecticut Initial and Continuing Unemployment Insurance Claims
Break down unemployment claims by age, education, industry, gender, town, RNO and wages can offer valuable insight for planning and budgeting purposes, and for developing responsible strategies for re-opening the state during the COVID-19 pandemic.

June 15th
2020
June 15th June 5th, 2020 Extra Issue #11 Conference Board Help Wanted OnLine Data Series
During the week ending June 6, 2020, there were 5,532 new postings. This weekly level is up 12% from a week ago and up 37% over 4 weeks. This one-week top line increase was driven by Health Care and Social Assistance (+146 new postings or +13%), Finance and Insurance (+96 new postings or +32%), and Administrative and Support (+71 new postings or +36%). Industries with the largest one-week decreases were Educational Services (-34 new postings or -20%) and Arts, Entertainment, and Recreation (-30 new postings or -58%). As of the week ending June 6th 2020, total new postings are at a ten-week high and the third consecutive week of job ad gains.

17 sectors had job posting increases over the week and 3 sectors had decreases. Some of the largest percent increases over the week occurred in Wholesale Trade (+11 new postings or +65%), Information (+35 new postings or +56%), and Real Estate and Rental (+39 new postings or +54%). Industry percent decreases occurred in Arts, Entertainment, and Recreation (-30 new postings or -58%), Utilities (-7 new postings or -26%) and Educational Services (-34 new postings or -20%). While those three industries have fewer new ads over the week, over four weeks Arts, Entertainment, & Recreation and Utilities are up 29% and 43% respectively. Educational Services is down only 4% from four weeks ago.

The ten employers with the most new job postings for the week ending June 6th were mostly in Health Care and Retail Trade. Many top employers had few or no job ads in the prior week, which reflects the short-term changes to Covid-related restrictions in the state.

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June 5th
2020
June 5th May 30th, 2020 Extra Issue #10 Conference Board Help Wanted OnLine Data Series
During the week ending May 30, 2020, there were 4,927 new postings. This weekly level is up 12% from a week ago and up 2% over 4 weeks. This one-week top line increase was driven by Accommodation and Food Service (+134 new postings or +89%), Retail Trade (+78 new postings or 18%), and Health Care and Social Assistance (+72 new postings or +7%). The major industries with the largest one-week decreases were Transportation and Warehousing (-72 new postings or -34%) and Construction (-17 new postings or -26%). As of the week ending May 30th, total new postings are at a nine-week high.

13 sectors had job posting increases over the week and 7 sectors had decreases. The largest percent increases over the week occurred in Other Services (+41 new postings or +95%), Accommodation and Food Service (+134 new postings or +89%), and Administrative and Support (+63 new postings or +48%). The largest percent decreases occurred in Agriculture (-16 new postings or -84%), Transportation and Warehousing (-72 new postings or -34%) and Construction (-17 new postings or -26%). While there were fewer new postings in these industries, in April there were over 1,000 postings in Transportation and Warehousing and nearly 500 postings in construction.

The ten employers with the most new job postings for the week ending May 30th were mostly in Healthcare, Food Service, and Finance & Insurance. Retail trade and restaurants represent more top 10 employers than previous weeks as those sectors of the economy open up after Covid-related restrictions.

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May 29th
2020
June 1st May 23th, 2020 Extra Issue #9 Conference Board Help Wanted OnLine Data Series
During the week ending May 23, 2020, there were 4,401 new ads. This weekly level is up 53% from a week ago and up 11% over 4 weeks. This 1-week top line increase was driven by Health Care and Social Assistance (+461 new ads or +75%), Retail Trade (+200 new ads or +88%), and Transportation and Warehousing (+164 new ads or +328%). The major industries with the largest 1-week decreases were Public Administration (-41 new ads or -33%) and Wholesale Trade (-32 new ads or -70%).

17 sectors had job ad increases over the week and 3 sectors had decreases. The largest percent increases over the week occurred in Transportation and Warehousing (+164 new ads or +328%), Agriculture (+14 new ads or +280%), and Arts, Entertainment, and Recreation (+43 new ads or +179%%). The largest percent decreases occurred in Wholesale Trade (-32 new ads or -70%) and Public Administration (-41 new ads or -33%).

The ten employers with the most new job ads for the week ending May 23th were mostly in insurance or health care. Hartford Healthcare had the largest one week increase and four week increase among employers with the most ads.

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May 29th
2020
June 1st June 2020 Connecticut Economic Digest
The Connecticut Economic Digest's purpose is to regularly provide users with a comprehensive source for the most current, up-to-date data available on the workforce and economy of the state, within perspectives of the region and nation.
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2020
June 1st Signs of Hope Despite Unprecedented Declines - June 2020 Economic Digest article #1
The global impact of COVID-19 has resulted in an unprecedented pause to economies all over the world. In April, U.S. payroll employment fell by 20.5 million jobs with declines reported in all 50 states. Connecticut lost a historic 266,300 net jobs, a -15.9% decline in just one month.

As of early May 2020, approximately 300,000 Connecticut workers were receiving benefits. Compared to the 2009-2010 recession, 2020 claimants are more likely to be female, are younger on average, and are more likely to have worked in Accommodation & Food Service, Retail Trade, or Health Care & Social Assistance. The 2009-2010 recession saw the largest number of claims in manufacturing and construction. Workers in these industries are, on average, older and more likely to be male than workers in the economy as a whole. [ read more ]  

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June 1st Connecticut 2019 Unemployment Rate by Town - June 2020 Economic Digest article #2
In 2019, the annual average statewide unemployment rate was 3.7%, down from 4.1% in 2018. For the ninth year, most municipalities experienced a decline in their unemployment rate, although a little fewer than fell in 2018.

2018 to 2019
Of 169 cities and towns in the state, the unemployment rate fell in 162, rose in 5, while 2 were unchanged in 2019. On the other hand, 164 were down, 1 was up, and 4 remained the same in 2018. Roxbury had the lowest unemployment rate of 2.1%, while the residents of Hartford experienced the highest rate of 6.6% last year (see table on page 3 for the complete town data). Overall, a total of 124 cities and towns had jobless rates below the 2019 statewide figure of 3.7%, 35 had rates above it, and 10 had rates equal to it. By comparison, 128 cities and towns had rates below the 2018 statewide average of 4.1%, 35 above it, and 6 were the same.

Of the five largest cities in the state with a 2010 Census population of 100,000 or more, Stamford had the lowest unemployment rate of 3.3% in 2019. Hartford posted the highest jobless rate among the large cities at 6.6%. All five cities experienced over-the-year unemployment rate decreases. The map on page 4 also shows the unemployment rates for each town in 2019. [ read more ]  

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May 28th Conference Board Help Wanted OnLine Data Series
Total postings in Connecticut was 45,822 in April 2020.

Industry sectors with the most job postings were Health Care and Social Assistance (10,505 postings), Finance and Insurance (4,110 postings), Retail Trade (3,888 posting), Manufacturing (3,524 postings), and Professional, and Business Services (2,866 postings).

Occupations with the most postings were Registered Nurses (3,368 postings), Computer Occupations (1,511 postings), Software Developers, Applications (1,489 postings), and Retail Salespersons (1,156 postings).

The Conference Board Help Wanted OnLine Data Series (HWOL) measures the number of new, first-time online jobs and jobs reposted from the previous month for over 16,000 Internet job boards, corporate boards and smaller job sites that serve niche markets and smaller geographic areas. The data can be used as a real-time measure of labor demand.

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May 22nd May 16th, 2020 Extra Issue #8 Conference Board Help Wanted OnLine Data Series
During the week ending May 16, 2020, there were 2,878 new ads. This weekly level down 29% from a week ago and down 19% over 4 weeks. This top line decrease was driven by Retail Trade (-198 new ads or -46%), Health Care and Social Assistance (-180 new ads or -23%), and Manufacturing (-171 new ads or -51%). The major industries with the largest 1-week increases were Public Administration (+63 new ads or 100%) and Wholesale Trade (+22 new ads or +92%).

15 sectors had job ad decreases over the week and 5 sectors had increases. The largest percent decreases over the week occurred in Information (-56 new ads or -56%), Manufacturing (-171 new ads or -51%), and Transportation and Warehousing (-50 new ads or 50%). The largest percent increases occurred in Public Administration (+63 new ads or +100%) and Wholesale Trade (+22 new ads or +92%).

The ten employers with the most new job ads for the week ending May 16th were mostly insurance or healthcare companies. The Army National Guard had the largest posting increase over the week among employers with the most ads.

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May 22th
2020
May 18h 4Q2019 - Employment & Wages by Industry Covered by Unemployment Insurance - Quarterly (Statewide / LMA / WDA)
The program produces a comprehensive tabulation of employment and wage information for workers covered by Connecticut Unemployment Insurance (UI) laws and Federal workers covered by the Unemployment Compensation for Federal Employees program with three digit government data added. Data on the number of establishments, employment, and wages are reported by industry for Connecticut, Labor Market and Workforce Development Areas.
4Q2019
May 15h May 9th, 2020 Extra Issue #7 Conference Board Help Wanted OnLine Data Series
During the week ending May 9, 2020, there were 4,046 new ads. This weekly level is down 16% from a week ago and up 7% over 4 weeks. This top line decrease was driven by Health Care and Social Assistance (-349 new ads or -31%), Accommodation and Food Services (-112 new ads or -44%), and Transportation and Warehousing (-102 new ads or -50%). The major industries with the largest 1-week increases were Manufacturing (+116 new ads or 52%) and Finance and Insurance (+76 new ads or +30%). Despite the decrease, Health Care and Social Assistance had more new ads than any other industry.

13 sectors had job ad increases over the week and 7 sectors had decreases. The largest increases over the week occurred in Manufacturing (+116 new ads or +52%), Finance and Insurance (+76 new ads or +30%), Administrative and Support (+57 new ads or +57%). The largest decreases occurred in Health Care and Social Assistance (-349 new ads or -32%), Accommodation and Food Services (-112 new ads or -44%).

The ten employers with the most new job ads for the week ending May 9th were mostly retail and delivery or driving service companies. Major employers in insurance, healthcare, and public administration have new ad levels consistent with prior weeks.

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May 15th
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May 15h 2019 Covered Employment and Wages by Industry - Town Annual Averages
Employment and wage information for workers covered by Connecticut Unemployment Insurance (UI) laws and Federal workers covered by the Unemployment Compensation for Federal Employees (UCFE) program.(three digit government data added)
2019
May 14th Connecticut Labor Force Data for Affirmative Action Plans - 1Q2020
Provides quarterly labor force information for Connecticut and its eight counties. The data presented are designed to meet the requirements of the Office of Federal Contract Compliance (OFCCP) and/or the Connecticut Commission on Human Rights and Opportunities (CHRO) for companies, State agencies, and municipalities that submit an Affirmative Action Plan. Includes statewide and county estimates of total labor force, unemployment rates, and unemployed women and minorities.
CT Labor Force Data for Affirmative Action Plans 1Q 2020 (PDF, 557K)
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1Q 2020
May 8th May 02, 2020 Extra Issue #6 Conference Board Help Wanted OnLine Data Series
During the week ending May 2, 2020, there were 4,812 new ads. This weekly level is up 22% from a week ago and up 31% over 2 weeks. This top line increase was driven by Accommodation and Food Service (+141 new ads or +126%) and Transportation and Warehousing (+130 new ads or +181%). The major industries with the largest 1-week decreases were Finance and Insurance (-73 new ads or -23%) and Administrative and Support (-33 new ads or -25%).

The ten employers with the most new job ads for the week ending May 1st were mostly delivery or driving service companies. These postings represent non-employee gig work. Many major employers in industries such as healthcare, retail trade, and finance and insurance that were previously top ten employers had fewer new ads this week.

The Conference Board Help Wanted OnLine Data Series (HWOL) measures the number of new, first-time online jobs and jobs reposted from the previous month for over 16,000 Internet job boards, corporate boards and smaller job sites that serve niche markets and smaller geographic areas. The data can be used as a real-time measure of labor demand.

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May 8th
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May 1st April 25, 2020 Extra Issue #5 Conference Board Help Wanted OnLine Data Series
During the week ending April 25, 2020, there were 3,959 new ads. This weekly level is up 7.7% from the week ending 4/18/20 and down 20.3% over 4 weeks. This top line increase was driven by Health Care and Social Assistance (+192 new ads or +23%) and Retail Trade (+93 new ads or +35%). The major industries with the largest 1-week percent increases were Real Estate and Rental (+21 new ads or +55%) and Transportation and Warehousing (+25 new ads or +53%).

The ten employers with the most weekly new job ads are mostly within Healthcare and Social Assistance, Retail Trade, or Finance and Insurance. Among top employers, retail trade has had the largest increase in ads over the week.

The Conference Board Help Wanted OnLine Data Series (HWOL) measures the number of new, first-time online jobs and jobs reposted from the previous month for over 16,000 Internet job boards, corporate boards and smaller job sites that serve niche markets and smaller geographic areas. The data can be used as a real-time measure of labor demand.

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May 1st May 2020 Connecticut Economic Digest
The Connecticut Economic Digest's purpose is to regularly provide users with a comprehensive source for the most current, up-to-date data available on the workforce and economy of the state, within perspectives of the region and nation.
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May 1st Connecticut Projected to Add Fewer Jobs Through 2021 - May 2020 Economic Digest article
The whole world has changed in the few short weeks since we completed the latest short term projections in February 2020. At the time, the U.S. unemployment rate was lower than it had been at any time since the late 1960s and Connecticut jobs were growing. Since then the COVID-19 health crisis and the related shutdown of nonessential businesses caused a drastic shift in the employment outlook. Many leading analysts1 have declared that there is a 100% chance that the U.S. economy has entered a recession. One indicator of change is claims for unemployment insurance. As of April 11, 16 million American workers were collecting unemployment insurance with another 4 million filing claims the following week.

Connecticut's economy has also been affected by the health crisis and the shutdowns and has seen a large increase in unemployment claims and will clearly suffer a recession along with the nation. What we don't know (what no one knows) is how long it will last. Therefore, we are presenting below our previously-completed short term projections for employment in the 2nd quarter of 2021. This represents a "best case" scenario - that while severe, the recession will be short and the national and Connecticut economies will bounce back early next year so that by next summer we'll be back on track. We will then discuss the risks to this outlook which are, unfortunately, all on the downside.

CONNECTICUT EMPLOYMENT PROJECTIONS 2019-2021
In February 2020, the Connecticut Department of Labor's Office of Research projected that Connecticut's overall employment increase by 0.4% from 2019Q2 to 2021Q2. Employment was projected to increase in Connecticut from 1,815,649 to 1,822,595 with Health Care, Transportation & Warehousing, and Social Assistance adding the most jobs.

The projected two year employment growth of 6,950 jobs is comparable to many northeast states. Almost every other New England state had projected growth of 1.5% or less. Massachusetts' 2.3% projected two-year growth differentiates it from the rest of the region and is driven in large part by its Boston metropolitan area. Additionally, neighboring New York projected 2.0% growth through 2021. [ read more ]  

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April 30th Business Employment Dynamics 3Q2019
From July 2019 to September 2019, gross job gains from opening and expanding private sector establishments in Connecticut was 79,052, a decrease of 3,485 jobs from the previous quarter. Over this period, gross job losses from closing and contracting private sector establishments was 82,328, a decrease of 1,292 jobs from the previous quarter.

During the third quarter of 2019, difference between gross job gains and gross job losses yielded a net employment loss of 3,276 jobs in the private sector. This third quarter net loss differs from the 5,340 third quarter net loss experienced a year before in 2018.

From 2004 to 2007, annual average net employment change was between 1,534 and 4,190 jobs. It fell precipitously to a series low of -15,445 jobs in 2009 and was up to 2,608 the following year. Annual average net change has been positive from 2010 onward and was 1,697 jobs in 2018.

3Q2019 Connecticut Business Employment Dynamics PDF 2Q 2019
April 29th Weekly Connecticut Initial Unemployment Insurance Claims
Breaks down unemployment claims by age, industry, gender and town can offer valuable insight for planning and budgeting purposes, and for developing responsible strategies for re-opening the state during the COVID-19 pandemic.

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April 24th April 18, 2020 Extra Issue #4 Conference Board Help Wanted OnLine Data Series
During the week ending April 18, 2020, there were 3,764 new ads. This weekly level is down 2.3% from the week ending 4/11/20 and down 42.1% over 4 weeks.

This top line decline was driven by Health Care and Social Assistance (-195 new ads or -19%) and Transportation and Warehousing (-162 new ads or -78%). The major industries with the largest 1-week percent increases were Construction (+16 new ads or 73%) and Real Estate, Rental, and Leasing (+15 new ads or +65%). The industry with the largest weekly change was Manufacturing (+103 new ads or 49%).

The Conference Board Help Wanted OnLine Data Series (HWOL) measures the number of new, first-time online jobs and jobs reposted from the previous month for over 16,000 Internet job boards, corporate boards and smaller job sites that serve niche markets and smaller geographic areas. The data can be used as a real-time measure of labor demand.

Extra Issue #4 April 24th 2020 HWOL (PDF) April 24th
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April 17th April 11, 2020 Extra Issue #3 Conference Board Help Wanted OnLine Data Series
During the week ending April 11, 2020, there were 3,764 new ads. This weekly level is down 19% from the week ending 4/4/20 and down 28% over 4 weeks.

The industries with the largest 1-week percent increases were Transportation and Warehousing (+132 new ads or 171%) and Professional, Scientific, & Technical Services (+18 new ads or +8%). The industry with more new job ads over a four-week period was Transportation and Warehousing (+47 new ads or 29%).

The Conference Board Help Wanted OnLine Data Series (HWOL) measures the number of new, first-time online jobs and jobs reposted from the previous month for over 16,000 Internet job boards, corporate boards and smaller job sites that serve niche markets and smaller geographic areas. The data can be used as a real-time measure of labor demand.

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April 13th April 4, 2020 Extra Issue #2 Conference Board Help Wanted OnLine Data Series
During the week ending April 4, 2020, there were 4,638 new ads. This weekly level is down 7% from the week ending 3/28/20 and down 43% over 4 weeks. The major industries with the largest 1-week percent increases were Public Administration (+101 new ads or 95%), Educational Services (+38 new ads or +44%), and Information (+23 new ads or +34%). The only industry with more new job ads over a four week period was Public Administration.

In recent months, the pandemic Coronavirus (Covid-19) has caused significant social and economic implications throughout the world. This HWOL report includes new weekly job ads to illustrate how Covid-19 has impacted Connecticut in the short term and highlight recent job postings in the weeks since the virus disrupted both the economy and labor markets.

The Conference Board Help Wanted OnLine Data Series (HWOL) measures the number of new, first-time online jobs and jobs reposted from the previous month for over 16,000 Internet job boards, corporate boards and smaller job sites that serve niche markets and smaller geographic areas. The data can be used as a real-time measure of labor demand.

Extra Issue April 13th 2020 HWOL (PDF) April 13th
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April 6th Local Area Unemployment Statistics (LAUS)
The Local Area Unemployment Statistics (LAUS) program produces monthly employment, unemployment, and labor force data for Census regions and divisions, States, counties, metropolitan areas, and many cities, by place of residence.
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April 6th March 28, 2020 Extra #1 Issue Conference Board Help Wanted OnLine Data Series
During the week ending March 28, 2020, there were 4,969 new ads, the lowest weekly level this year. By industry, Health Care and Social Assistance had large new job ad growth over the week, up 8% (109 more new job ads than last week). That industry is up 39% over 4 weeks. Every other large industry had fewer new job ads during the most recent week than they had four weeks prior.

Most other major sectors were down over the week, industries that had heavy Covid-related closures had large declines in total new job ads. The largest job ad declines were in Retail Trade ( -188 new ads or -30%), Accommodation & Food Service (-180 new ads or -65%), and Educational Services (-179 new ads or -67%).

The Conference Board Help Wanted OnLine Data Series (HWOL) measures the number of new, first-time online jobs and jobs reposted from the previous month for over 16,000 Internet job boards, corporate boards and smaller job sites that serve niche markets and smaller geographic areas. The data can be used as a real-time measure of labor demand.

Extra Issue April 2020 HWOL (PDF) April
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April 6th April 2020 Connecticut Economic Digest
The Connecticut Economic Digest's purpose is to regularly provide users with a comprehensive source for the most current, up-to-date data available on the workforce and economy of the state, within perspectives of the region and nation.
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April 6th Connecticut Exports Down in 2019 But Still Above 2017 - April 2020 Economic Digest article #1
To assess Connecticut's export status, The Connecticut Economic Digest conducts an annual review of the state's export performance. A review of the state's 2019 export position follows.

National
Two notable events impacted trade in 2019: the Boeing 737 Max production shutdown and tariffs. Boeing is the largest U.S. exporter, and commercial aircraft is the biggest U.S. commodity export. The 737 Max, which went from slowed production to complete suspension, continues to have ripple effects. Not only did the biggest supplier to Boeing, Spirit AeroSystems, lay off 2,800 people, but the suspension will have likely ramifications on industrial production, trade, GDP, the aerospace supply chain and delivery of parts and inventory.

U.S.-China trade friction dominated the headlines for a good part of 2019. The back and forth imposition of tariffs clearly impacted certain sectors. After a long period of negotiation, Phase I of the Economic and Trade Agreement between the U.S. and China was signed in January 2020.

It should be noted that while news of the COVID-19 coronavirus began to circulate in late 2019, its impact is expected to be reflected in 2020 data. [ read more ]  

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April 6th Disability and Employment - April 2020 Economic Digest article #2
As the private-sector labor market has recovered more jobs than it lost in the 2008-2010 recession, people with disabilities, who comprise five percent of the state workforce, continue integrating with the labor market. This article takes a brief look at the economic geography of people with disabilities showing where they live, the economic sectors in which they work, and how their earnings compare with those of their non-disabled peers. Programs and services that provide opportunities for people with disabilities to attach to the labor force and retain employment are briefly discussed as well.

Population and Geography
The US Census Bureau's American Community Survey (ACS) 2017 five-year average statistics show that 3.43% of working people with disabilities have one or more disabilities. This includes 0.71% of the employed work force with a vision impairment or legal blindness. About 86% of people with disabilities have a physical impairment including hearing loss or an ambulatory disability. People with one or more disabilities have self-care difficulties (6.5% of disabled workers), independent living difficulty (16.7%), or cognitive difficulty (33.1%).

ACS data show that 26.2% of Connecticut residents with disabilities call Hartford County home while 22.9% reside in Fairfield County, and 23.2% live in New Haven County. The distribution of these residents is shown on the map (above) with the working age population ratio they represent. About three-fourths (72.3%) of this population lives in counties with robust public transit close to vocational rehabilitation (VR) services. Though it is home to a pair of cities-New London and Norwich-New London County's access to public benefits is compromised by inadequate public transportation for the 9.11% of state residents with disabilities living there. Reaching out to the 5.9%, 3.6%, and 3.9% of disabled persons in rural Litchfield, Tolland, and Windham Counties is a challenge given those counties' paucity of public transit. The transit-supply challenge in suburban Middlesex County with 4.8% people with disabilities is less one of supply than distance. [ read more ]  

April 2020 Digest article #2 (PDF)

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March 23th March 2020 Connecticut Economic Digest
The Connecticut Economic Digest's purpose is to regularly provide users with a comprehensive source for the most current, up-to-date data available on the workforce and economy of the state, within perspectives of the region and nation.
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March 23th Connecticut's Overall Economy Sends Mixed Signals in 2019 - Mar 2020 Economic Digest article
Employment fell in Connecticut for the first time since 2010 and the overall economy weakened in 2019. After having increased for eight straight years, the revised annual average total nonfarm employment fell slightly last year, although the unemployment rate continued to fall since 2011. While real personal income continued to increase for the last six years, the value of the annual diffusion index of 58 state economic indicators dropped to the lowest level since 2010, indicating a slowing but still positive level of growth.

Nonfarm Employment
After our latest annual revision (based on annual average, not seasonally adjusted data), in 2019 Connecticut actually lost employment for the first time since 2010 (-3,300 jobs, -0.2%). In 2018, 2,600 jobs were created (+0.2%). By contrast, employment grew much faster in the nation (1.6% in 2018 and 1.4% in 2019). Employment growth appears to be slowing nationally and in our neighbor states partially due to very low unemployment rates.

The past three years of Connecticut's employment recovery has been the slowest of the last eight years. In fact, the current 2010-2020 monthly job recovery rate has been trending downward, averaging below 0.1 percent throughout most of the 120-month employment recovery period to date. In contrast, the 2003-2008 recovery period showed a rising recovery rate, and during the 1993-2000 period, the monthly job growth rate rose steadily, increasing above the 0.1 percent threshold in later years of its employment recovery. Slowing growth rates should be expected this long into a recovery.[ read more ]  

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March 5th 3Q2019 - Employment & Wages by Industry Covered by Unemployment Insurance - Quarterly (Statewide / LMA / WDA)
The program produces a comprehensive tabulation of employment and wage information for workers covered by Connecticut Unemployment Insurance (UI) laws and Federal workers covered by the Unemployment Compensation for Federal Employees program with three digit government data added. Data on the number of establishments, employment, and wages are reported by industry for Connecticut, Labor Market and Workforce Development Areas.
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February 19th Business Sectors: December 2019 Connecticut Economic Scorecard Update
The levels, changes from the previous period and year-to-year changes of Housing Permits give not only a reading of the State’s construction sector, but also of the financial sector, particularly in terms of mortgage-lending activity, and ultimately, consumer spending on durable goods and services related to the purchase of a new house. Air Cargo Tons (Discontinued Sept 2014) and the value of Connecticut Exports (collected quarterly before 2004) gauges the ability of Connecticut businesses to compete in the world market. The Connecticut Manufacturing Production Index (CMPI) and Average Manufacturing Weekly Hours (AMWH) provide a measure of the State’s manufacturing activity, while the strength of the entertainment and tourism sectors is reflected in the Gaming Slots Revenues, Major Attraction Visitors (Discontinued Sept 2014) Air Passenger Count.
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February 19th Business Trends:2001-2019 Connecticut Economic Scorecard Update
The health of the business sector will affect, among other things, the ability of firms to hire workers and, particularly in regard to businesses selling their goods and services outside the State, the ability to increase the State’s income through exports. There are several indicators that provide a picture of the business sector's vital signs. The levels, changes from the previous period and year-to-year changes of Housing Permits give not only a reading of the State’s construction sector, but also of the financial sector, particularly in terms of mortgage-lending activity, and ultimately, consumer spending on durable goods and services related to the purchase of a new house. Air Cargo Tons (Discontinued Sept 2014) and the value of Connecticut Exports (collected quarterly before 2004) gauges the ability of Connecticut businesses to compete in the world market. The Connecticut Manufacturing Production Index (CMPI) and Average Manufacturing Weekly Hours (AMWH) provide a measure of the State’s manufacturing activity, while the strength of the entertainment and tourism sectors is reflected in the Gaming Slots Revenues, Major Attraction Visitors (Discontinued December 2018) and Air Passenger Count.
December 2019 CT Economic Business Trends (PDF) 2001-Current
February 19th Business Sector Scorecard History
Historical economic scorecard results for the last decade, includes all yearly numbers for eight business indicators.
2001-2019 Business Sector Scorecard History (PDF) 2001-Current
February 19th Consumer Sectors: December 2019 Connecticut Economic Scorecard Update
Levels, changes from the previous period, and year-to-year changes, of Quarterly Personal Income, and Quarterly Wages and Salaries, and in the Prime Rate and Conventional Mortgage Rates. Their willingness is reflected in their actual behavior. That is, are they actually making purchases? The most timely indicator that sends a signal about actual consumer behavior, at the state level, is Sales Tax Revenue activity.
December 2019 CT Economic Consumer Trends (PDF)
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February 19th Consumer Trends:2001-2019 Connecticut Economic Scorecard Update
Critical to the health of the National and State economies is the ability of consumers to buy the goods and services being offered for sale by businesses. In turn, consumer demand is predicated on the willingness and ability of buyers to make purchases. Signals on consumers’ ability to buy are usually found in the levels, changes from the previous period, and year-to-year changes, of Quarterly Personal Income, and Quarterly Wages and Salaries, and in the Prime Rate and Conventional Mortgage Rates. Their willingness is reflected in their actual behavior. That is, are they actually making purchases? The most timely indicator that sends a signal about actual consumer behavior, at the state level, is Sales Tax Revenue activity.
December 2019 CT Economic Consumer Trends (PDF) 2001-Current
February 19th Consumer Sector Scorecard History
Historical economic scorecard results for the last decade, includes all yearly numbers for five consumer indicators.
2001-2019 Consumer Sector Scorecard History (PDF) 2001-Current
February 14th Connecticut Labor Force Data for Affirmative Action Plans - 4Q2019
Provides quarterly labor force information for Connecticut and its eight counties. The data presented are designed to meet the requirements of the Office of Federal Contract Compliance (OFCCP) and/or the Connecticut Commission on Human Rights and Opportunities (CHRO) for companies, State agencies, and municipalities that submit an Affirmative Action Plan. Includes statewide and county estimates of total labor force, unemployment rates, and unemployed women and minorities.
CT Labor Force Data for Affirmative Action Plans 4Q 2019 (PDF, 520K)
4Q 2019 Connecticut Labor Force Data for Affirmative Action Excel
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February 3rd February 2020 Connecticut Economic Digest
The Connecticut Economic Digest's purpose is to regularly provide users with a comprehensive source for the most current, up-to-date data available on the workforce and economy of the state, within perspectives of the region and nation.
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February 3rd Connecticut's 2018 Work-Related Fatalities - Above Annual Average - Feb 2020 Economic Digest article
Connecticut lost 48 lives to work injuries in 2018, for a rate of 2.8 deaths per 100,000 full-time equivalent workers. An increase from 2017's count of 35, it is higher than Connecticut's annual average of 39 work-related deaths.

The nation lost 5,250 lives to workplace injuries in 2018, an increase from 2017's 5,147 deaths. However, the fatal injury rate remained unchanged from 2017 - 3.5 per 100,000 full-time equivalent workers. The highest loss was seen in Texas with 488 deaths, followed by California with 422 deaths and Florida with 332 deaths. High rates were recorded in Wyoming (11.5) and Alaska (9.9). Delaware recorded both the lowest loss and the lowest rate with 7 deaths and a rate of 1.6.

Industry
Nationally, the construction industry recorded the highest number of deaths at 1,008, followed by transportation and warehousing with 874 deaths. The highest rate by industry was seen in truck transportation, with 28.3 deaths per 100,000 full time equivalent workers.

With 13 deaths, the construction industry had the highest number of deaths in Connecticut, accounting for 27.1 percent of 2018's deaths. Administration and support and waste management and remediation services came in second with 12 deaths, accounting for 25.0 percent of total deaths. With an overall rate of 2.8, Connecticut saw a rate of 10.9 in construction, 10.2 in transportation and utilities, and 5.4 in professional and business services. Rates for other industry sectors did not meet publishing criteria. The government sector recorded 2 deaths. [ read more ]  

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January 31st Business Employment Dynamics 2Q2019
From April 2019 to June 2019, gross job gains from opening and expanding private sector establishments in Connecticut was 82,537, an increase of 8,038 jobs from the previous quarter. Over this period, gross job losses from closing and contracting private sector establishments was 83,630, an increase of 2,187 jobs from the previous quarter.

During the second quarter of 2019, difference between gross job gains and gross job losses yielded a net employment loss of 1,083 jobs in the private sector. This second quarter net loss differs from the 9,677 second quarter net gain experienced a year before in 2018.

From 2004 to 2007, annual average net employment change was between 1,534 and 4,190 jobs. It fell precipitously to a series low of -15,445 jobs in 2009 and was up to 2,608 the following year. Annual average net change has been positive from 2010 onward and was 1,697 jobs in 2018.

2Q2019 Connecticut Business Employment Dynamics PDF 2Q 2019
January 16th 2020 Labor Market Information for the State of Connecticut Calendar of Events
2020 Labor Market Information for the State of Connecticut release dates including the Connecticut Economic Digests, CPI, Labor Situations, LAUS, LMI At-A-Glances, Business Employment Dynamics, Labor Force Data for Affirmative Action Plans, Business & Employment Changes Announced in the News Media, Connecticut Help Wanted OnLine Data Series (HWOL).
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January 6th January 2020 Connecticut Economic Digest
The Connecticut Economic Digest's purpose is to regularly provide users with a comprehensive source for the most current, up-to-date data available on the workforce and economy of the state, within perspectives of the region and nation.
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January 6th 2020 Economic Outlook: Steady Growth Globally, Slower Growth Yet Positive Potential for Connecticut - Jan 2020 Economic Digest article
Global and U.S. Overview
The global economy slowed somewhat in 2019 with growth anticipated to be approximately 3.0 percent - the slowest pace since the global financial crisis. There is expected to be a slight uptick in growth in 2020 to 3.4 percent, yet still below the 2017 level of 3.6 percent.

Several countries will follow the overall global economic trend with slightly higher growth rates in 2020, including Germany, France, Italy, the United Kingdom and Canada. Other countries, such as the United States, Spain, Japan, and China, are expected to continue to soften.

There are several factors contributing to this economic deceleration, including prolonged trade tensions; macroeconomic strains in several emerging markets; and structural factors, such as low productivity growth and aging demographics in advanced economies.

In the United States, part of the slowdown is due to the end of the temporary boost from the 2017 Tax Cuts and Jobs Act, but 2020 growth is also expected to be weaker due to prolonged uncertainty regarding trade and higher tariffs, which has led to decreased investment. These factors are having a particularly heavy impact on manufacturing, while services are faring better. [ read more ]  

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December 2nd December 2019 Connecticut Economic Digest
The Connecticut Economic Digest's purpose is to regularly provide users with a comprehensive source for the most current, up-to-date data available on the workforce and economy of the state, within perspectives of the region and nation.
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December 2nd Examining the composition of Connecticut's employment by demographics and firm size - December 2019 Economic Digest article #1(PDF)
Connecticut employment has been growing since the end of the great recession nearly a decade ago. In recent years, industries such as manufacturing, health care, and warehousing have driven overall growth. In addition, there have been other important trends in Connecticut's labor market. For example, in the ten year period from 2007 to 2017, employment at private firms in Connecticut has gotten older, less male, and less white. At the same time, the share with a Bachelor's degree or more has fallen. Employment in firms with 500 or more employees has increased while employment at smaller firms has fallen.

DEMOGRAPHICS OF EMPLOYMENT CHANGE
Private sector job growth was quite modest from 2007 to 2017, a period that spanned the great recession. However, the number of workers aged 55 and over increased 37% in that ten year period. The portion aged 55 and over increased from less than 20% to more than 25% of all workers. The number of workers aged 25 to 54 declined as the last of the baby boom aged into the 55 and over group while the number under age 25 declined due to lower birthrates in recent decades and a drop in labor force participation for those aged 16 to 18.

Looking at other demographic factors, in each of the past two decades, the number of males employed has decreased slightly while the number of females increased a bit. By 2017 the number of females employed slightly outnumbered the number of males employed in private sector payroll jobs. At the same time, the number of white and not Hispanic or Latino workers has declined while all other groups have seen increases with Black or African-American employment up 18% and employment of Hispanic or Latino workers up 28% in the ten years from 2007 to 2017. [ read more ]  

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November 26th 2Q2019 - Employment & Wages by Industry Covered by Unemployment Insurance - Quarterly (Statewide / LMA / WDA)
The program produces a comprehensive tabulation of employment and wage information for workers covered by Connecticut Unemployment Insurance (UI) laws and Federal workers covered by the Unemployment Compensation for Federal Employees program with three digit government data added. Data on the number of establishments, employment, and wages are reported by industry for Connecticut, Labor Market and Workforce Development Areas.
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November 22nd Connecticut's Short-Term Employment Outlook 2018-2020
The outlook for the U.S. and Connecticut economies for 2018 - 2020, which is prepared by the Office of Research, Connecticut Labor Department (CTDOL). After review by a panel of economists from academia, business, non-profits, and government, the U.S. and Connecticut outlooks are revised, updated, and then used as the basis for setting the assumptions for the next round of Short-Term Connecticut, Industry-Employment Forecasts.
Connecticut's Short-Term Employment Outlook 2018-2020 (PDF, 690k) 2018-2020
November 14th Connecticut Labor Force Data for Affirmative Action Plans - 3Q2019
Provides quarterly labor force information for Connecticut and its eight counties. The data presented are designed to meet the requirements of the Office of Federal Contract Compliance (OFCCP) and/or the Connecticut Commission on Human Rights and Opportunities (CHRO) for companies, State agencies, and municipalities that submit an Affirmative Action Plan. Includes statewide and county estimates of total labor force, unemployment rates, and unemployed women and minorities.
CT Labor Force Data for Affirmative Action Plans 3Q 2019 (PDF, 539K)
3Q 2019 Connecticut Labor Force Data for Affirmative Action Excel
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November 12th Connecticut STEM and Manufacturing Jobs
The Connecticut Department of Labor's Office of Research has prepared "Connecticut STEM and Manufacturing Jobs" for people who want to find work in the Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) occupations and manufacturing jobs.

This publication contains information about STEM occupations, earnings, educational requirements, and job prospects. There are also suggestions on how to prepare for a STEM career and where to find more information.

Connecticut STEM and Manufacturing Jobs (PDF) 2019
November 12th Connecticut Career Paths
Your personal guide to career decision-making. This publication is created to provide you the information about the skills and training to prepare yourself for a successful career in one of over 360 occupations in the state.

The 56-page guide is well organized for quick references that include the locations and contact information for the American Job Centers, Labor Department's Job Bank-CTHires.com, Career and Educational Resources, and Government Resources in Connecticut. Articles in the guide also provide information on advanced manufacturing, apprenticeship, core components of student success plans, employment of minors, résumé design basics, and steps to become a teacher. It also contains data on more than 360 occupations in the state, including narrative descriptions, number of individuals currently employed, annual job openings, salary information, required training and basic skills sought by employers.

Connecticut Career Paths: 2019 (PDF)

CT DOL Connecticut Career Paths Press release

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November 1st November 2019 Connecticut Economic Digest
The Connecticut Economic Digest's purpose is to regularly provide users with a comprehensive source for the most current, up-to-date data available on the workforce and economy of the state, within perspectives of the region and nation.
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November 1st State Economic Indexes Improve Further in 2018 - November 2019 Economic Digest article #1(PDF)
Connecticut's economic performance last year was the best in terms of ranking in eight years. After annual revisions, Connecticut ranked 37th out of the 50 states and the District of Columbia (DC) in the State Economic Indexes (SEI) in 2018, up from the 38th position in 2017.

For the first time, South Carolina came in first in the nation with the highest index of 171.3 last year, while Alaska continued to place last (109.4). Colorado, which had ranked number one for three years in a row, fell to 13th place in 2018. Our state's index of 136.9 was below the nationwide value of 148.0.

SEI: Methodology
Applying the same components and methodology of the Connecticut Town Economic Indexes (See October 2019 issue), the Connecticut Department of Labor's Office of Research also developed the State Economic Indexes for all 50 states and DC. With recently available annual average data from the Quarterly Census Employment and Wages (QCEW) program, along with the revised annual average unemployment rate from Local Area Unemployment Statistics (LAUS), annual SEI is reestimated for the 2010-2018 period.

These indexes provide a measure of the overall economic strength of each state that can be compared and ranked. Four annual average state economic indicators were used as components: 1. the number of the total covered business establishments, 2. total covered employment, 3. real covered wages, and 4. the unemployment rate. [ read more ]  

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October 30th Business Employment Dynamics 1Q2019
From January 2019 to March 2019, gross job gains from opening and expanding private sector establishments in Connecticut was 74,499, a decrease of 1,569 jobs from the previous quarter. Over this period, gross job losses from closing and contracting private sector establishments was 81,433, an increase of 9,979 jobs from the previous quarter.

During the first quarter of 2019, difference between gross job gains and gross job losses yielded a net employment loss of 6,934 jobs in the private sector. This first quarter net loss is 4,772 jobs greater than the net less a year before.

From 2004 to 2007, annual average net employment change was between 1,534 and 4,190 jobs. It fell precipitously to a series low of -15,445 jobs in 2009 and was up to 2,608 the following year. In 2018, annual average net change was 1,697 jobs.

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October 30th 2019 Connecticut Career Paths
Your personal guide to career decision-making. This publication is created to provide you the information about the skills and training to prepare yourself for a successful career in one of over 360 occupations in the state.

The 56-page guide is well organized for quick references that include the locations and contact information for the American Job Centers, Labor Department's Job Bank-CTHires.com, Career and Educational Resources, and Government Resources in Connecticut. Articles in the guide also provide information on advanced manufacturing, apprenticeship, core components of student success plans, employment of minors, résumé design basics, and steps to become a teacher. It also contains data on more than 360 occupations in the state, including narrative descriptions, number of individuals currently employed, annual job openings, salary information, required training and basic skills sought by employers.

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October 1st October 2019 Connecticut Economic Digest
The Connecticut Economic Digest's purpose is to regularly provide users with a comprehensive source for the most current, up-to-date data available on the workforce and economy of the state, within perspectives of the region and nation.
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October 1st Connecticut Town Economic Indexes Rose Higher in 2018 - October 2019 Economic Digest article
Connecticut's overall economy bounced back strongly in 2018 after having slowed down in 2016 and 2017, based on the index performances of cities and towns. The indexes give a broad measure of business and resident economic well-being of each town, allowing comparisons among them.

The CTEI Methodology
The Connecticut Town Economic Indexes (CTEI) were introduced four years ago and are released annually. The Connecticut Department of Labor's Office of Research developed the composite indexes of all 169 municipalities in the state to measure each town or city's overall economic health, which then can be ranked and compared to others to gain perspective. Four annual average town economic indicators were used as components, which are total covered business establishments, total covered employment, inflation-adjusted covered annual average wages, and the unemployment rate.

Establishments are the physical work units located in the municipality. Employment is the number of employees on payroll in the establishments that are located in the town. Wages are the aggregate payroll pay divided by the total average employment. These three measures come from the Quarterly Census of Employment and Wages (QCEW) program and include all those who are covered under the unemployment insurance law, thus capturing nearly 100 percent of all the employees in each town. [ read more ]

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October 4th October 2019 Connecticut Economic Digest
The Connecticut Economic Digest's purpose is to regularly provide users with a comprehensive source for the most current, up-to-date data available on the workforce and economy of the state, within perspectives of the region and nation.
October 2019 CT Economic Digest (PDF, 602K) October
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October 4th 2018 Housing Market in Review - October 2019 Economic Digest article #1
Connecticut's housing market experienced growth in 2018 with many economic indicators posting gains over the prior year. In this annual review, we will examine the state's housing industry from the permits, sales and price perspectives.

Housing Production
According to data released by the Bureau of the Census, cities and towns in Connecticut authorized a total of 4,815 single and multifamily homes with a total valuation of $1.112 billion in 2018. This level of production represents a 5.9% increase compared to 4,547 in 2017, and a 12.5% decrease compared to 5,504 in 2016.

New Haven County regained the lead in the number of permit authorizations since 2010, with the largest share (24.2%) in 2018, followed by Hartford County (23.6%) and Fairfield County (22.8%). Litchfield County had the smallest share (2.6%). [ read more ]

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October 4th Redevelopment for Workforce Housing - October 2019 Economic Digest article #2
The vision of Connecticut as a prosperous, inviting, and invigorating place to live, work, and play is brought to life by plans, places, and the networks that connect them. The most recent annual gathering of southern New England's land use planners, economic development professionals, and scholars featured ideas, plans, and projects of great place making. Place making is fundamental to bringing growth and prosperity that business, government, and education leaders speak about when they talk of making Connecticut competitive with its neighbors. [ read more ]
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August 19th 2019 Connecticut Career Paths
Your personal guide to career decision-making. This publication is created to provide you the information about the skills and training to prepare yourself for a successful career in one of over 360 occupations in the state.

The 56-page guide is well organized for quick references that include the locations and contact information for the American Job Centers, Labor Department's Job Bank-CTHires.com, Career and Educational Resources, and Government Resources in Connecticut. Articles in the guide also provide information on advanced manufacturing, apprenticeship, core components of student success plans, employment of minors, résumé design basics, and steps to become a teacher. It also contains data on more than 360 occupations in the state, including narrative descriptions, number of individuals currently employed, annual job openings, salary information, required training and basic skills sought by employers.

Connecticut Career Paths: 2019 (PDF)

CT DOL Connecticut Career Paths Press release

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August 16th Connecticut Labor Force Data for Affirmative Action Plans - 2Q2019
Provides quarterly labor force information for Connecticut and its eight counties. The data presented are designed to meet the requirements of the Office of Federal Contract Compliance (OFCCP) and/or the Connecticut Commission on Human Rights and Opportunities (CHRO) for companies, State agencies, and municipalities that submit an Affirmative Action Plan. Includes statewide and county estimates of total labor force, unemployment rates, and unemployed women and minorities.
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August 12th 1Q2019 - Employment & Wages by Industry Covered by Unemployment Insurance - Quarterly (Statewide / LMA / WDA)
The program produces a comprehensive tabulation of employment and wage information for workers covered by Connecticut Unemployment Insurance (UI) laws and Federal workers covered by the Unemployment Compensation for Federal Employees program with three digit government data added. Data on the number of establishments, employment, and wages are reported by industry for Connecticut, Labor Market and Workforce Development Areas.
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August 1st August 2019 Connecticut Economic Digest
The Connecticut Economic Digest's purpose is to regularly provide users with a comprehensive source for the most current, up-to-date data available on the workforce and economy of the state, within perspectives of the region and nation.
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August 1st Covered Employment and Wages: A 2018 Annual Review - August 2019 Economic Digest article
According to the most recent data published by the Quarterly Census of Employment and Wages (QCEW) program, the number of jobs in Connecticut increased by 0.2 percent during 2018. Connecticut continues to show slow but steady employment growth since the Great Recession. Total private industry employment, constituting 86.4 percent of the state's employment total, increased by 0.4 percent. Total government employment decreased by 1.1 percent year-over-year.

Average annual wages for all Connecticut jobs increased by 1.6 percent, to $67,744, an improvement on the increase in 2017. In 2018, private sector wages increased by 1.5 percent to $68,305; government wages increased 2.4 percent to $64,126.

The number of business establishments continued their expansion, with a new total of 122,067, an increase of 2.0 percent over 2017. Total private establishments represented the entirety of the increase, reaching 118,727 in 2018. Government worksites decreased 1.0 percent in the state, from 3,374 in 2017 to 3,340 in 2018.

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July 24th Business Employment Dynamics 4Q2018
From October 2018 to December 2018, gross job gains from opening and expanding private sector establishments in Connecticut was 76,397, an increase of 1,318 jobs from the previous quarter. Over this period, gross job losses from closing and contracting private sector establishments was 71,220, a decrease of 9,093 jobs from the previous quarter.

During the fourth quarter of 2018, difference between gross job gains and gross job losses yielded a net employment gain of 5,177 jobs in the private sector. This fourth quarter net gain is 4,096 jobs more than the net gain a year before.

From 2004 to 2007, annual average net employment change was between 1,534 and 4,190 jobs. It fell precipitously to a series low of -15,445 jobs in 2009 and was up to 2,608 the following year. In 2018, annual average net change was 2,302 jobs.

4Q2018 Connecticut Business Employment Dynamics PDF 4Q 2018
July 22nd 2018 Covered Employment and Wages by Industry - Annual Averages (Statewide / County / LMA / WDA / Town)
Employment and wage information for workers covered by Connecticut Unemployment Insurance (UI) laws and Federal workers covered by the Unemployment Compensation for Federal Employees (UCFE) program.(three digit government data added)
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July 22nd 2018 Worksites by Size Class
Worksites is a count of firms, excluding government, that have only one location, plus a count of each location of firms that have operations in more than one location. The sum of the substate areas is less than the statewide total because some multi-location firms and others that don't have a physical location are coded as statewide and therefore have no substate area designation.
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July 8th Connecticut Occupational Employment & Wages by State / LMA / WDA - 2019
Provides accurate and meaningful wage information to employers, job seekers, counselors, students, planners of vocational education programs, economic developers, Regional Workforce Development Boards, and others.
Connecticut Occupational Employment & Wages - 2019 (xlsx) 1Q 2019
July 8th State of Connecticut NAICS Industry - Occupational Employment and Wages (OES)- 2019
Provides accurate and meaningful wage information to employers, job seekers, counselors, students, planners of vocational education programs, economic developers, Regional Workforce Development Boards, and others.
Connecticut Occupational Employment & Wages - 2019 (xlsx) 1Q 2019
July 8th July 2019 Connecticut Economic Digest
The Connecticut Economic Digest's purpose is to regularly provide users with a comprehensive source for the most current, up-to-date data available on the workforce and economy of the state, within perspectives of the region and nation.
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July 8th A Look at the Age Composition of Connecticut's Industries. - July 2019 Economic Digest article #1
The May 2019 Connecticut Economic Digest outlined top-line trends in Connecticut population, labor force participation, and employment to population ratios. As noted, overall labor force participation and employment to population ratios are up since the lows of 8 to 10 years ago. During this period, the median age in Connecticut increased to 40.9 by 2017, the 6th highest in the country. As the age composition of the overall Connecticut population changes, so does the labor force. All industries are affected by population changes but some are facing particular challenges as a larger proportion of the workforce is nearing retirement age. [ read more ]    
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July 8th The Higher Education / Workforce Report. - July 2019 Economic Digest article #2
Most graduates of Connecticut's public colleges and universities work in Connecticut. Graduates from the wide range of programs are working in nearly every industry in our state. Shortly after leaving college, many graduates are employed in retail and food service. However, as time passes they are more likely to move to other industries such as manufacturing and health care. Average wages rise significantly in the years following graduation. [ read more ]    
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June 3rd June 2019 Connecticut Economic Digest
The Connecticut Economic Digest's purpose is to regularly provide users with a comprehensive source for the most current, up-to-date data available on the workforce and economy of the state, within perspectives of the region and nation.
June 2019 CT Economic Digest (PDF, 602K) June
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June 3rd The Growing Brewery Industry Employment Trend in Connecticut. - June 2019 Economic Digest article #1
The craft beer industry, consisting of microbreweries, brewpubs, regional craft breweries, and contract brewing companies, has really established its calling in America over the last ten years. Overall total brewery employment in the U.S. (NAICS* code 31212), which also includes the large brand-name breweries, has grown from under 25,000 in the first quarter of 2010 to 81,180 in October 2019. This exciting brewery job growth is clearly being led by the craft beer industry portion. In Connecticut, with no large commercial breweries and mainly consisting of the craft beer industry segment, employment has grown from less than 15 in the first quarter of 2010 to close to 800 in December 2019 (780 jobs from 63 establishments). Notice the hockey stick or boomerang-like job growth since coming out the Great Financial Crisis shown in the chart. [ read more ]    
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June 3rd 2018 Unemployment Rate by Town. - June 2019 Economic Digest article #2
In 2018, the annual average statewide unemployment rate was 4.1%, down from 4.7% in 2017. For the eighth year, most municipalities experienced a decline in their unemployment rate, even more than fell in 2017.

2017 to 2018
Of 169 cities and towns in the state, the unemployment rate fell in 165, rose in 1, while 3 were unchanged in 2018. On the other hand, 152 were down, 11 were up, and 6 remained the same in 2017. Washington had the lowest unemployment rate of 2.4%, while the residents of Hartford experienced the highest rate of 7.0% last year (see table on page 3 for the complete town data). Overall, a total of 130 cities and towns had jobless rates below the 2018 statewide figure of 4.1%, 33 had rates above it, and six had rates equal to it. By comparison, 122 cities and towns had rates below the 2017 statewide average of 4.7%, 37 above it, and 10 were the same. [ read more ]    

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May 15th 4Q2018 - Employment & Wages by Industry Covered by Unemployment Insurance - Quarterly (Statewide / LMA / WDA)
The program produces a comprehensive tabulation of employment and wage information for workers covered by Connecticut Unemployment Insurance (UI) laws and Federal workers covered by the Unemployment Compensation for Federal Employees program with three digit government data added. Data on the number of establishments, employment, and wages are reported by industry for Connecticut, Labor Market and Workforce Development Areas.
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May 17th Connecticut Labor Force Data for Affirmative Action Plans - 1Q2019
Provides quarterly labor force information for Connecticut and its eight counties. The data presented are designed to meet the requirements of the Office of Federal Contract Compliance (OFCCP) and/or the Connecticut Commission on Human Rights and Opportunities (CHRO) for companies, State agencies, and municipalities that submit an Affirmative Action Plan. Includes statewide and county estimates of total labor force, unemployment rates, and unemployed women and minorities.
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May 1st May 2019 Connecticut Economic Digest
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May 1st Connecticut Projected to Add Jobs Through 2020 - May 2019 Economic Digest article

Connecticut has many strengths, including its highly-educated workforce, growth of high-paying fields such as manufacturing, a high concentration of world-class universities, and its comparative affordability to highcost major metropolitan areas in neighboring states. However, job growth has been slower than the nation as a whole, and slower than in our neighbor states.

Connecticut is projected to continue to add jobs over the next two years with many of the trends observed over the past two years continuing through 2020. Connecticut's overall economy improved in 2018 (see the March 2019 Digest) with the eighth consecutive year of employment growth. Even though the past two years had the slowest growth since the end of the recession, Connecticut's unemployment rate fell to its lowest level since 2002, while the employment to population ratio hit a ten year high with the labor force participation rate at its highest level in eight years.

The unemployment rate is low despite slow job growth because our working-age population has also increased at a slower pace - up 5.2% over ten years compared to a 9.9% increase nationally. To put it simply, our slower population growth is resulting in slower employment growth. [ phone friendly article  ]  

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April 25th Business Employment Dynamics 3Q2018
From July 2018 to October 2018, gross job gains from opening and expanding private sector establishments in Connecticut was 75,079, a decrease of 7,835 jobs from the previous quarter. Over this period, gross job losses from closing and contracting private sector establishments was 80,313, an increase of 7,772 jobs from the previous quarter.

During the third quarter of 2018, difference between gross job gains and gross job losses yielded a net employment loss of 5,234 jobs in the private sector. This third quarter net loss is 1,509 jobs less than the net loss a year before.

From 2004 to 2007, annual average net employment change was between 1,534 and 4,190 jobs. It fell precipitously to a series low of -15,445 jobs in 2009 and was up to 2,608 the following year. In 2017, annual average net change was 2,019 jobs. The prior two years were both below 200 jobs.

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April 5th April 2019 Connecticut Economic Digest
The Connecticut Economic Digest's purpose is to regularly provide users with a comprehensive source for the most current, up-to-date data available on the workforce and economy of the state, within perspectives of the region and nation.
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April 5th Connecticut Exports At Record High - April 2019 Economic Digest article #1 (PDF)
The dynamics of international trade is multifaceted and intertwined with geopolitics, the relative strength of the U.S. dollar, U.S. demand for imported goods, tariffs and free trade agreements (new and revised). Trade's importance as a driver of economic growth is significant, as exports contribute to economic health and job creation.

To assess Connecticut's export status, The Connecticut Economic Digest conducts an annual review of the state's export performance. A review of the state's 2018 export position follows.[ download article only ] 

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April 5th Complete Streets are Sweet - April 2019 Economic Digest article #2 (PDF)
Because every trip begins and ends on foot, universal access to work, education, and recreation is the guiding principle that gave rise to complete streets, the design and operation of streets that are safe for all users inclusive of people with disabilities and public transit users as well as motorized and non-motorized vehicle operators. Since 2009, the Department of Transportation (ConnDOT), guided by its Bicycle and Pedestrian Advisory Board (Bike and Ped Board), is bringing safer commuting to Connecticut's cities and towns. This article illustrates some benefits attributable to complete streets along with a brief description of how ConnDOT supports municipal efforts to bring complete streets to their residents.[ download article only ] 
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March 22nd Local Area Unemployment Statistics (Benchmarked 2010 - 2018)
The Local Area Unemployment Statistics (LAUS) program produces monthly employment, unemployment, and labor force data for Census regions and divisions, States, counties, metropolitan areas, and many cities, by place of residence.
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March 20th March 2019 Connecticut Economic Digest
The Connecticut Economic Digest's purpose is to regularly provide users with a comprehensive source for the most current, up-to-date data available on the workforce and economy of the state, within perspectives of the region and nation.
March 2019 CT Economic Digest (PDF, 391K) March
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March 20th Connecticut's Overall Economy Improves in 2018 - March 2019 Economic Digest article

Although employment growth slowed in Connecticut, the overall economy did pick up in 2018. The revised total nonfarm employment increased for the eighth consecutive year, while the unemployment rate has been falling since 2011. Moreover, real personal income has increased for the last five years, and the value of annual diffusion index of 57 state economic indicators rose higher than in 2016 and 2017.

Nonfarm Employment
After our latest annual revision, Connecticut gained (based on annual average, not seasonally adjusted data) 1,600 jobs (+0.1%) in 2018, which was fewer than the 3,500 jobs (+0.2%) in 2017. By contrast, employment grew much faster in the nation (1.6% in 2017 and 1.7% in 2018).

The past two years of Connecticut's employment recovery has been the slowest of the last eight years. In fact, the current 2010-2019 monthly job recovery rate has been trending downward, averaging below 0.1 percent throughout the most of its 107-month employment recovery so far through January 2019. In contrast, the 2003-2008 recovery period showed a rising recovery rate, and during the 1993-2000 period, the monthly job growth rate rose steadily, increasing above the 0.1 percent threshold in later years of its employment recovery. [ phone friendly article  ]  

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March 5th 3Q2018 - Employment & Wages by Industry Covered by Unemployment Insurance - Quarterly (Statewide / LMA / WDA)
The program produces a comprehensive tabulation of employment and wage information for workers covered by Connecticut Unemployment Insurance (UI) laws and Federal workers covered by the Unemployment Compensation for Federal Employees program with three digit government data added. Data on the number of establishments, employment, and wages are reported by industry for Connecticut, Labor Market and Workforce Development Areas.
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February 26th State of Connecticut Career Posters - Job Journeys
For those seeking more information before making a career choice, the Labor Department's "Job Journeys" posters can serve as a valuable resource."We want every jobseeker, student, career counselor, teacher, education and training administrator and workforce professional in the state to know about our series of Job Journey posters," notes State Labor Commissioner Kurt Westby. "These colorful, at-a-glance illustrations of the jobs found in each of Connecticut's 16 career clusters include pay and education information, related jobs,and how they measure up as an ‘in-demand' career."
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February 19th Connecticut Labor Force Data for Affirmative Action Plans - 4Q2018
Provides quarterly labor force information for Connecticut and its eight counties. The data presented are designed to meet the requirements of the Office of Federal Contract Compliance (OFCCP) and/or the Connecticut Commission on Human Rights and Opportunities (CHRO) for companies, State agencies, and municipalities that submit an Affirmative Action Plan. Includes statewide and county estimates of total labor force, unemployment rates, and unemployed women and minorities.
CT Labor Force Data for Affirmative Action Plans 4Q 2018 (PDF, 845K)
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February 1st February 2019 Connecticut Economic Digest
The Connecticut Economic Digest's purpose is to regularly provide users with a comprehensive source for the most current, up-to-date data available on the workforce and economy of the state, within perspectives of the region and nation.
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February 1st Connecticut's 2017 Work-Related Fatalities - Below Annual Average - Feb 2019 Economic Digest article

Connecticut lost 35 lives to work injuries in 2017. An increase from 2016's count of 28, it is still below Connecticut's annual average of 39 work-related deaths. At 1.9 deaths per 100,000 full-time equivalent workers, Connecticut had one of the lowest state rates. New Hampshire, New Jersey, and Rhode Island, all with a rate of 1.6, were the only states with lower rates. While our lower number and rate is primarily due to low employment in high-risk industries, it cannot be stressed enough that even one work-related death is one too many.

Industry
The nation lost 5,147 lives to workplace injuries in 2017. The fatal injury rate decreased to 3.5 per 100,000 full-time equivalent workers from 3.6 in 2016. The highest loss was seen in Texas with 534 deaths, followed by California with 376 and New York with 313 deaths. Rhode Island recorded the lowest loss with 8 deaths. High rates were recorded in Alaska (10.2) and North Dakota (10.1).

Nationally, the construction industry recorded the highest number of deaths at 971, followed by transportation and warehousing with 882. The highest rate by industry was seen in truck transportation, with 28.0 deaths per 100,000 full time equivalent workers. [ phone friendly download ]  

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January 30th Business Employment Dynamics 2Q2018
From April 2018 to June 2018, gross job gains from opening and expanding private sector establishments in Connecticut was 82,914, an increase of 9,188 jobs from the previous quarter. Over this period, gross job losses from closing and contracting private sector establishments was 72,541, a decrease of 2,294 jobs from the previous quarter.

During the second quarter of 2018, difference between gross job gains and gross job losses yielded a net employment gain of 10,373 jobs in the private sector. This is the largest second quarter net gain since 2011 and follows a first quarter net loss of 1,109 jobs.

From 2004 to 2007, annual average net employment change was between 1,534 and 4,190 jobs. It fell precipitously to a series low of -15,445 jobs in 2009 and was up to 2,608 the following year. In 2017, annual average net change was 2,019 jobs. The prior two years were both below 200 jobs.

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January 3rd January 2019 Connecticut Economic Digest
The Connecticut Economic Digest's purpose is to regularly provide users with a comprehensive source for the most current, up-to-date data available on the workforce and economy of the state, within perspectives of the region and nation.
January 2019 CT Economic Digest (PDF, 284K) January
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January 3rd 2019 Economic Outlook: Steady Growth Globally, Slower Growth Yet Positive Potential for Connecticut - Jan 2019 Economic Digest article

Global and U.S. Overview
The global economy in 2019 should continue its track of steady growth since mid-2016. However, the growth has peaked in some major economies, and risks of slower growth have risen. The World Bank projects a 3.7 percent growth rate in world output for this year, which is 0.2 percentage points lower than previously forecasted.

Trends to note include:

  • U.S.: Economic growth is still strong due to the effects of federal tax cuts, but 2019 growth is expected to be weaker as a result of uncertain trade environments, including the tariff negotiation with China.
  • Europe: Affected by the ongoing Brexit negotiations, growth projections for the Euro area and the UK are also adjusted downward.
  • Emerging Markets: Anticipated higher oil prices raise the growth prospects of many energy- exporting countries, but Argentina, Brazil, Iran and Turkey are affected by downward pressures such as geopolitical uncertainty or worsening financial conditions.
  • Asia: China and several Asian economies are expected to experience weaker growth in 2019 under the shadow of the recent trade disputes.

Across the world, the stagnant growth in working-age population and labor productivity foreshadows a more limited potential for long-term global economic growth. Coupled with fading monetary stimulation, the growth in most advanced economies is likely to decline to a rate slower than the average level before the global financial crisis in 2008.[ phone friendly download ] 

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December 3th December 2018 Connecticut Economic Digest
The Connecticut Economic Digest's purpose is to regularly provide users with a comprehensive source for the most current, up-to-date data available on the workforce and economy of the state, within perspectives of the region and nation.
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December 3th Are Gig Jobs Transforming the Labor Markets? - December 2018 Economic Digest article #1(PDF)
Many believe that the economy and particularly the labor markets are being transformed because of the ability to order everything from a ride to a home repair via a smartphone app. Headlines such as "The gig economy workforce will double in four years" and academic papers with titles such as "The Rise and Nature of Alternative Work Arrangements in the United States" have promoted this idea. Others have raised doubts. A recent New York Times story stated, "You can see the gig economy everywhere but in the statistics" while the Conference Board recently issued a report titled "Contrary to the Hype-Real Trends in Nontraditional Work" which stated "in 2017, the share of nontraditional workers was no different than it was 20 years ago." The data do not show a clear picture. [ download article only ] 
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December 3th Is a Job Shortage Becoming a Labor Shortage? - December 2018 Economic Digest article #2(PDF)
The total count of job openings exceeded the total number of unemployed workers in the U.S. for the first time on record. As of October 2018 there were more than seven million job openings compared to six million unemployed. While there is no equivalent state level statistic for job openings, there is evidence that Connecticut is experiencing a similar trend with a falling unemployment rate and a large number of job postings. Further examination of the Job Openings and Labor Turnover Survey (JOLTS) coupled with additional data sources such as the jobs postings available from Help Wanted Online (HWOL) can contextualize the labor market and explain how the Connecticut economy is doing. [ download article only ] 
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November 28th 2Q2018 - Employment & Wages by Industry Covered by Unemployment Insurance - Quarterly (Statewide / LMA / WDA)
The program produces a comprehensive tabulation of employment and wage information for workers covered by Connecticut Unemployment Insurance (UI) laws and Federal workers covered by the Unemployment Compensation for Federal Employees program with three digit government data added. Data on the number of establishments, employment, and wages are reported by industry for Connecticut, Labor Market and Workforce Development Areas.
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November 16th Connecticut Labor Force Data for Affirmative Action Plans - 3Q2018
Provides quarterly labor force information for Connecticut and its eight counties. The data presented are designed to meet the requirements of the Office of Federal Contract Compliance (OFCCP) and/or the Connecticut Commission on Human Rights and Opportunities (CHRO) for companies, State agencies, and municipalities that submit an Affirmative Action Plan. Includes statewide and county estimates of total labor force, unemployment rates, and unemployed women and minorities.
CT Labor Force Data for Affirmative Action Plans 3Q 2018 (PDF, 538K)
3Q 2018 Connecticut Labor Force Data for Affirmative Action Excel
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November 8th Business Employment Dynamics 1Q2018
From January 2018 to March 2018, gross job gains from opening and expanding private sector establishments in Connecticut was 73,726 a decrease of 2,499 jobs from the previous quarter. Over this period, gross job losses from closing and contracting private sector establishments was 74,835, an increase of 2,231 jobs from the previous quarter.

The difference between gross job gains and gross job losses yielded a net employment loss of 1,109 jobs in the private sector during the first quarter of 2018. This follows a first quarter net gain of 1,081 jobs.

From 2004 to 2007, four quarter average net change was between 1,534 and 4,190 jobs. It fell precipitously to a series low of -15,445 jobs in 2009 and was up to 2,608 the following year. In 2018, four quarter average net change was 2,825 jobs. The prior two years were both below 200 jobs.

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November 1st November 2018 Connecticut Economic Digest
The Connecticut Economic Digest's purpose is to regularly provide users with a comprehensive source for the most current, up-to-date data available on the workforce and economy of the state, within perspectives of the region and nation.
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November 1st 2017 State Economic Indexes - November 2018 Economic Digest article #1(PDF)

For the third year in a row, Colorado came in first in the nation with the highest index of 165.7 last year, while Alaska ranked last (105.9). Our state's index of 128.7 was below the nationwide value of 139.1.

SEI: Methodology
Applying the same components and methodology of the Connecticut Town Economic Indexes (See October 2018 issue), the Connecticut Department of Labor's Office of Research also developed the State Economic Indexes for all 50 states and DC. With recently available annual average data from the Quarterly Census Employment and Wages (QCEW) program, along with the revised annual average unemployment rate from Local Area Unemployment Statistics (LAUS), annual SEI is reestimated for the 2010-2017 period.

These indexes provide a measure of the overall economic strength of each state that can be compared and ranked. Four annual average state economic indicators were used as components: 1. the number of the total covered business establishments, 2. total covered employment, 3. real covered wages, and 4. the unemployment rate. [ read more ]  

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October 3rd October 2018 Connecticut Economic Digest
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October 3rd 2017 Connecticut Town Economic Indexes - October 2018 Economic Digest article #1(PDF)
Connecticut experienced continued overall economic improvement in 2017, based on the index performances of cities and towns. The indexes on page 3 give a broad measure of business and resident economic well-being of each town, allowing comparisons among them.

The CTEI Methodology
The Connecticut Town Economic Indexes (CTEI) were introduced three years ago and are released annually. The Connecticut Department of Labor's Office of Research developed the composite indexes of all 169 municipalities in the state to measure each town or city's overall economic health, which then can be ranked and compared to others to gain perspective. Four annual average town economic indicators were used as components, which are total covered business establishments, total covered employment, inflation-adjusted covered annual average wages, and the unemployment rate.

Establishments are the physical work units located in the municipality. Employment is the number of employees on payroll in the establishments that are located in the town. Wages are the aggregate payroll pay divided by the total average employment. These three measures come from the Quarterly Census of Employment and Wages (QCEW) program and include all those who are covered under the unemployment insurance law, thus capturing nearly 100 percent of all the employees in each town. [ read more ]  

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October 4th State of Connecticut Occupational Projections: 2016 - 2026
Every two years, the State of Connecticut's Department of Labor Office of Research economists create ten year industry employment forecasts. We examine historical trends and other people's forecasts to help project Connecticut's employment changes between 2016 and 2026. These forecasts are used in conjunction with occupational forecasts to help students decide on careers, schools decide on training programs, businesses decide on strategic plans, and governments decide on budgets and services.
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October 4th State of Connecticut Projections by Major Groups: 2016 - 2026
You can find detailed job descriptions for all occupations, number employed in the base year and the projected year, total job openings, openings by growth, occupations in demand, Connecticut occupational employment and wages, minimum education required plus: Search for training courses available in Connecticut using our Education & Training in Connecticut ©, Search employer information ~ data provided by InfoGroup ®, Connecticut job search using CareerOneStop © sponsored by the U.S. DOL ETA
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October 4th State of Connecticut Industry Projections: 2016 - 2026
Current and Projected Employment by Industry.
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October 4th October 2018 Connecticut Economic Digest
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October 4th Covered Employment and Wages: A 2017 Annual Review - October 2018 Economic Digest article #1(PDF)
Connecticut's employment is projected to increase by more than 110,000 jobs over the ten-year period ending in 2026. This 5.9% increase is a bit slower than the 7.4% projected for the U.S., but both state and national projections assume full employment in 2026. With the unemployment rate currently low, total job growth is limited by growth in the population/labor force. Every two years, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics produces 10 year projections of the U.S. labor force and employment by industry and occupation. The latest projections are for the period 2016 to 2026. This process is replicated at the state level to produce projections that provide a detailed overview of the expected direction of labor markets in Connecticut.

U.S. Labor Force
The overall U.S. labor force is projected to increase by 10.5 million workers from 2016 to 2026 (a 0.6% annualized growth rate) with increases of 4.5 million men and nearly 6 million women. The labor force is projected to be older and more diverse. The number of white non-Hispanics in the labor force is projected to decline by 2.5 million, while the number of workers of Hispanic origin is projected to increase by over 8 million. The number of Black or African-American workers will be up by 1.9 million and the number of Asian workers up by 2.6 million. The number of workers aged 55 and over is projected to increase by 6.4 million, while those aged 25 to 54 will increase by 5.4 million. The number of workers under age 25 is expected to decrease by 1.3 million. [ download article only ] 

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Connecticut Labor Force Data for Affirmative Action Plans - 2Q2018
Provides quarterly labor force information for Connecticut and its eight counties. The data presented are designed to meet the requirements of the Office of Federal Contract Compliance (OFCCP) and/or the Connecticut Commission on Human Rights and Opportunities (CHRO) for companies, State agencies, and municipalities that submit an Affirmative Action Plan. Includes statewide and county estimates of total labor force, unemployment rates, and unemployed women and minorities.
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August 14th
1Q2018 - Employment & Wages by Industry Covered by Unemployment Insurance - Quarterly (Statewide / LMA / WDA)
The program produces a comprehensive tabulation of employment and wage information for workers covered by Connecticut Unemployment Insurance (UI) laws and Federal workers covered by the Unemployment Compensation for Federal Employees program with three digit government data added. Data on the number of establishments, employment, and wages are reported by industry for Connecticut, Labor Market and Workforce Development Areas.
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August 10th State of Connecticut NAICS Industry - Occupational Employment and Wages (OES)- 2018
Provides accurate and meaningful wage information to employers, job seekers, counselors, students, planners of vocational education programs, economic developers, Regional Workforce Development Boards, and others.
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August 9th Connecticut Occupational Employment & Wages by State / LMA / WDA - 2018
Provides accurate and meaningful wage information to employers, job seekers, counselors, students, planners of vocational education programs, economic developers, Regional Workforce Development Boards, and others.
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August 8th
Legislative Report Card
These tables and charts show the employment and compensation experience of students who graduated from our 18 public colleges during the 2015-16 school year. The report also provides a summary of employment by industry sector and college degree program for the graduates of each system of education.
  • Overall, 67 percent of the 22,027 graduates of Connecticut's public colleges and universities were found to be working in Connecticut seven to nine months after graduation in a wide variety of industry sectors, including educational services, health care, professional and technical services, manufacturing and retail trade.

  • A majority of participants in the DOL programs entered employment and a vast majority of those retained employment for six months. On average, those who entered employment saw significant increases in weekly wages.

It is extremely important to note that all the data and analyses provided in the report reflect employment in Connecticut only, and exclude self-employment and federal employment. Some graduates not found to be working in Connecticut may have found employment in other states or may be continuing their education (i.e. attending graduate school). Data on employment in other states, the federal government, and self-employment are not available for this analysis.
August 1st August 2018 Connecticut Economic Digest
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August 1st Covered Employment and Wages: A 2017 Annual Review - August 2018 Economic Digest article #1(PDF)
According to the most recent Quarterly Census of Employment and Wages (QCEW) program, the number of jobs in Connecticut increased by 0.2 percent during 2017.1 This is now the seventh consecutive year of employment growth since the Great Recession. Total private industry employment, constituting 86.4 percent of the state's employment total, increased by 0.5 percent. Total government employment decreased by 1.6 percent year-over-year.

Average annual wages for all Connecticut jobs increased by 1.2 percent, to $66,648, double the increase in 2016. In 2017, private sector wages increased by 1.0 percent to $67,278; government wages increased 1.9 percent to $62,648.

The number of business establishments expanded for the sixth consecutive year, with a new total of 119,669, an increase of 2.0 percent over 2016. Total private establishments represented the entirety of the increase, reaching 116,295 in 2017. Government worksites decreased 0.6 percent in the state, from 3,393 in 2016 to 3,374 in 2017. [ download article only ] 

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July 25th Business Employment Dynamics 4Q2017
From October 2017 to December 2017, gross job gains from opening and expanding private sector establishments in Connecticut was 75,860 a decrease of 6 jobs from the previous quarter. Over this period, gross job losses from closing and contracting private sector establishments was 73,737, a decrease of 7,923 jobs from the previous quarter. The difference between gross job gains and gross job losses yielded a net employment gain of 2,123 jobs in the private sector during the fourth quarter of 2017. This follows a third quarter net loss of 5,794 jobs.

Provides information on the gross number of jobs gained and lost at business establishments in Connecticut. They include estimates of the number of jobs added at opening and expanding establishments and of jobs eliminated at closing and contracting establishments. Also known as job flows, these data provide a fuller understanding of the labor market dynamics underlying net employment growth that unfold over time.

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July 5th Connecticut's Short-Term Employment Outlook 2017-2019
The outlook for the U.S. and Connecticut economies for 2017 - 2019, which is prepared by the Office of Research, Connecticut Labor Department (CTDOL). After review by a panel of economists from academia, business, non-profits, and government, the U.S. and Connecticut outlooks are revised, updated, and then used as the basis for setting the assumptions for the next round of Short-Term Connecticut, Industry-Employment Forecasts.
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July 5th July 2018 Connecticut Economic Digest
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July 5th 2017 Housing Market in Review - July 2018 Economic Digest article #1(PDF)
Connecticut's housing sector in 2017 continued to exhibit mixed results mirroring the state's modest economic recovery. In this article, we will examine several aspects of state's housing industry including permits, sales and prices. [ download article only ] 
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July 5th What is Ailing Connecticut's Economy? Is it a City Problem? Is it a Sector Problem? - July 2018 Economic Digest article #2(PDF)
Connecticut's economic recovery from the 2007-2010 recession has lagged not only the country but also the region. Table 1 compares Connecticut's job growth and gross state product growth (GSP - a measure of goods and services produced within a region, utilized as a broad measure of economic activity) to regional states and the nation. The nation recovered jobs lost as a result of the recession by May 2014, and has since experienced job growth of 12.5%. Connecticut's job growth since the recession at 4.6% is close to Maine (5.0%) and Vermont (5.4%), but is one of the few states yet to recover all jobs lost during the recession. On GSP, Connecticut is the only state to continue losing economic activity even since the end of the recession (-3.3%). In fact, in inflation-adjusted, or real GSP terms - Connecticut's economy is at the same level it was in 2004. This lackluster economic growth has resulted in anemic revenue growth in the state, leading to years of budgetary constraints. [ download article only ] 
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June 28th 2017 Covered Employment and Wages by Industry - Annual Averages (Statewide / County / LMA / WDA / Town)
Employment and wage information for workers covered by Connecticut Unemployment Insurance (UI) laws and Federal workers covered by the Unemployment Compensation for Federal Employees (UCFE) program.(three digit government data added)
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June 28th 2017 Worksites by Size Class
Worksites is a count of firms, excluding government, that have only one location, plus a count of each location of firms that have operations in more than one location. The sum of the substate areas is less than the statewide total because some multi-location firms and others that don't have a physical location are coded as statewide and therefore have no substate area designation.
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June 1st June 2018 Connecticut Economic Digest
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June 1st Complete Streets' Promise of Economic Benefits - June 2018 Economic Digest article #1(PDF)
Walking or bicycling to work without competition from speeding motorists is just one benefit of the Complete Streets movement that is making its effects felt in Connecticut. Since the passage of 2009 legislation, the state Department of Transportation (ConnDOT) and its advisors have been working to bring a safer commute together with Transit Oriented Development (TOD) to Connecticut's cities and towns. In addition to a brief outline of Complete Streets principles and benefits, this article describes what its application looks like in two cities and one suburb. [ download article only ] 
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June 1st 2017 Unemployment Rate by Town - June 2018 Economic Digest article #2(PDF)
In 2017, for the seventh year, most municipalities experienced a decline in their unemployment rate, but fewer dropped than in 2016.

2016 to 2017
Out of 169 cities and towns in the state, the rate fell in 152, rose in 9, and 8 were unchanged in 2017. On the other hand, 159 were down, 3 were up, and 7 remained the same in 2016. Canaan had the lowest unemployment rate of 2.8%, while the residents of Hartford experienced the highest rate of 8.1% last year. See table on page 3 for the complete town data. The annual average statewide unemployment rate in 2017 was 4.7%, down from 5.1% in 2016. Overall, a total of 126 cities and towns had jobless rates below the statewide figure of 4.7%, 37 had rates above it, and six had rates equal to it last year. By comparison, there were 124 cities and towns that had rates below the statewide average of 5.1%, 39 above it, and six the same. [ download article only ] 

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May 16th Connecticut Labor Force Data for Affirmative Action Plans - 1Q2018
Provides quarterly labor force information for Connecticut and its eight counties. The data presented are designed to meet the requirements of the Office of Federal Contract Compliance (OFCCP) and/or the Connecticut Commission on Human Rights and Opportunities (CHRO) for companies, State agencies, and municipalities that submit an Affirmative Action Plan. Includes statewide and county estimates of total labor force, unemployment rates, and unemployed women and minorities.
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May 15th 4Q2017 - Employment & Wages by Industry Covered by Unemployment Insurance - Quarterly (Statewide / LMA / WDA)
The program produces a comprehensive tabulation of employment and wage information for workers covered by Connecticut Unemployment Insurance (UI) laws and Federal workers covered by the Unemployment Compensation for Federal Employees program with three digit government data added. Data on the number of establishments, employment, and wages are reported by industry for Connecticut, Labor Market and Workforce Development Areas.
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May 1st May 2018 Connecticut Economic Digest
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May 1st Connecticut's Short-Term Employment Projections Through 2019 - May 2018 Economic Digest article (PDF)
Current Situation
Connecticut is off to a good start in 2018. As reported in the March Digest, Connecticut's economic recovery slowed in 2017, but the first quarter of 2018 has shown significant job gains. While data are preliminary and subject to significant revision, first quarter employment rose more than 8,700 jobs from the fourth quarter of 2017 and more than 7,200 from the first quarter of 2017. Private sector employment gained 9,400 from the fourth quarter with Health Care & Social Assistance up 2,500 (+3,800 from the first quarter of 2017), Accommodation and Food Services up 1,300 (+900 from the 2017 Q1) and Professional, Scientific, and Technical Services up over 1,000. Manufacturing was a bright spot in 2017 - the first quarter of 2018 was up 5,100 from the first quarter of 2017 with most of the gains in Durable Goods.

In 2017, the average seasonally adjusted monthly jobs gain was just 400 jobs per month compared to 1,500 jobs per month for the first three months of 2018. Though this pace of growth is not likely to continue - and is subject to revision - the Connecticut economy was showing positive momentum as we headed into spring. [ download article only ] 

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April 25th Business Employment Dynamics 3Q2017
From July 2017 to October 2017, gross job gains from opening and expanding private sector establishments in Connecticut was 75,866 a decrease of 6,455 jobs from the previous quarter. Over this period, gross job losses from closing and contracting private sector establishments was 81,660, an increase of 8,421 jobs from the previous quarter.

Provides information on the gross number of jobs gained and lost at business establishments in Connecticut. They include estimates of the number of jobs added at opening and expanding establishments and of jobs eliminated at closing and contracting establishments. Also known as job flows, these data provide a fuller understanding of the labor market dynamics underlying net employment growth that unfold over time.

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April 13th April 2018 Connecticut Economic Digest
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April 13th Connecticut Exports: 2017 in Review - April 2018 Economic Digest article #1 (PDF)
2017 was a year in which international relations dominated the news headlines. Whether it was talk of the renegotiation of NAFTA and other free trade agreements, the status of the Trans-Pacific Partnership, currency manipulation and commodity dumping, the threat of a nuclear armed North Korea or entry and/or withdrawal from global pacts, geopolitics was front and center. Recently, President Trump signed an order on new tariffs on imported steel and aluminum. With such tariff increases, analysis must happen as to the potential impact on the defense industry, its subcontractors and supply chain. Will trade partners retaliate? What will be the impact on sales? As a defense-oriented state, Connecticut must monitor the evolution of such discussions. In the meantime, a review of the state's 2017 export position follows.[ download article only ] 
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April 13th Connecticut's Path to More Affordable Housing - April 2018 Economic Digest article #2 (PDF)
Securing affordable housing in Connecticut's expensive residential market is a significant challenge for the state's workforce. What follows is a brief overview of some of the conundrum's components and some methods land use planners and policy makers employ to smooth the path to more affordable housing.

Challenges
According to the Partnership for Strong Communities, Connecticut has the sixth highest housing cost in the US while nearly a third of the population in 102 of its 169 cities and towns are spending at least 30% of their incomes on housing as shown on the map. As the housing cost burden rises with age, more households headed by persons over age 60 in a state with the sixth oldest population in the nation will find their incomes stretched more thinly. As people with disabilities and those above age 60 re-enter or remain in the workforce longer, access to housing becomes more difficult because: [ download article only ] 

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March 30th Local Area Unemployment Statistics (Benchmarked 2010 - 2017)
The Local Area Unemployment Statistics (LAUS) program produces monthly employment, unemployment, and labor force data for Census regions and divisions, States, counties, metropolitan areas, and many cities, by place of residence.
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March 22nd March 2018 Connecticut Economic Digest
The Connecticut Economic Digest's purpose is to regularly provide users with a comprehensive source for the most current, up-to-date data available on the workforce and economy of the state, within perspectives of the region and nation.
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March 22nd
Connecticut Economic Recovery Slows Down Further in 2017 - March 2018 Economic Digest article (PDF)
As predicted this time last year, Connecticut's economy did continue to improve in 2017, and at a slower pace than in 2016 (March 2017 article). For the seventh year in a row, the revised total nonfarm employment increased, while the unemployment rate fell. However, real personal income decreased for the last two years, and more economic indicators pointed in negative directions than in 2016.

Nonfarm Employment
After our annual revision, Connecticut gained (based on annual average, not seasonally adjusted data) 1,800 jobs (+0.1%) in 2017, which was fewer than the 4,800 jobs (+0.3%) in 2016. By contrast, employment grew much faster at 1.8% in 2016 and 1.6% in 2017 in the nation.

Last year's Connecticut employment recovery was the slowest in the last seven years. In fact, the current 2010-2018's monthly job recovery rate has been trending downward from the beginning, averaging below 0.1 percent throughout the most of its 95-month employment recovery so far. In contrast, the 2003-2008 recovery period showed rising recovery rate, and during the 1993-2000 period, the monthly job growth rate had risen steadily, increasing above the 0.1 percent threshold in later years of its employment recovery.[ download article only ] 

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February 20th 3Q2017 - Employment & Wages by Industry Covered by Unemployment Insurance - Quarterly (Statewide / LMA / WDA)
The program produces a comprehensive tabulation of employment and wage information for workers covered by Connecticut Unemployment Insurance (UI) laws and Federal workers covered by the Unemployment Compensation for Federal Employees program with three digit government data added. Data on the number of establishments, employment, and wages are reported by industry for Connecticut, Labor Market and Workforce Development Areas.
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February 13th Connecticut Labor Force Data for Affirmative Action Plans - 4Q2017
Provides quarterly labor force information for Connecticut and its eight counties. The data presented are designed to meet the requirements of the Office of Federal Contract Compliance (OFCCP) and/or the Connecticut Commission on Human Rights and Opportunities (CHRO) for companies, State agencies, and municipalities that submit an Affirmative Action Plan. Includes statewide and county estimates of total labor force, unemployment rates, and unemployed women and minorities.
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February 13th 2018 Eastern Information Workforce Investment Planning
Contains a variety of data on the Eastern Workforce Development Area including population and population density, labor force, employment and wages by industry sector, and new housing permits. In addition, detailed information on residents in need of workforce investment services such as high school dropouts, Medicaid recipients, adult probationers, Temporary Family Assistance (TFA) recipients, and other residents with barriers to employment.
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February 13th 2018 Northwest Information Workforce Investment Planning
Contains a variety of data on the Northwest Workforce Development Area including population and population density, labor force, employment and wages by industry sector, and new housing permits. In addition, detailed information on residents in need of workforce investment services such as high school dropouts, Medicaid recipients, adult probationers, Temporary Family Assistance (TFA) recipients, and other residents with barriers to employment.
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February 13th 2018 North Central Information Workforce Investment Planning
Contains a variety of data on the North Central Workforce Development Area including population and population density, labor force, employment and wages by industry sector, and new housing permits. In addition, detailed information on residents in need of workforce investment services such as high school dropouts, Medicaid recipients, adult probationers, Temporary Family Assistance (TFA) recipients, and other residents with barriers to employment.
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February 13th 2018 Southwest Information Workforce Investment Planning
Contains a variety of data on the Southwest Workforce Development Area including population and population density, labor force, employment and wages by industry sector, and new housing permits. In addition, detailed information on residents in need of workforce investment services such as high school dropouts, Medicaid recipients, adult probationers, Temporary Family Assistance (TFA) recipients, and other residents with barriers to employment.
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February 13th 2018 South Central Information Workforce Investment Planning
Contains a variety of data on the South Central Workforce Development Area including population and population density, labor force, employment and wages by industry sector, and new housing permits. In addition, detailed information on residents in need of workforce investment services such as high school dropouts, Medicaid recipients, adult probationers, Temporary Family Assistance (TFA) recipients, and other residents with barriers to employment.
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February 1st February 2018 Connecticut Economic Digest
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February 1st
Connecticut's Work-Related Fatalities in 2016 - February 2018 Economic Digest article (PDF)
Connecticut lost 28 lives to work injuries in 2016, decreasing from 2015's count of 44. This is the smallest loss since 2008. It is also below Connecticut's annual average of 39 work-related deaths. At 1.6 deaths per 100,000 fulltime equivalent workers, Connecticut had the lowest state rate, primarily due to lower employment in high-risk industries. However, it cannot be stressed enough that even one work-related death is one too many.

Industry
The nation lost 5,190 lives to workplace injuries in 2016, the most since 2008. The fatal injury rate increased to 3.6 per 100,000 full-time equivalent workers from 3.4 in 2015. The biggest loss was seen in Texas with 545 work-related fatalities, followed by California with 376 and Florida with 309 deaths. Rhode Island recorded the fewest, with 9. High rates were recorded in Wyoming (12.3) and Alaska (10.6). Wyoming's highest rate was in the transportation and utilities industry, at 46.8. Alaska recorded a rate of 44.5 in manufacturing and 42.0 in transportation and utilities.

Nationally, the construction industry recorded the biggest number of fatalities at 991, followed by transportation and warehousing with 825. The highest rate by industry was seen in truck transportation, with 25.6 deaths per 100,000 full time equivalent workers.[ download article only ] 

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January 26th Business Employment Dynamics 2Q2017
From March 2017 to June 2017, gross job gains from opening and expanding private sector establishments in Connecticut was 82,321, an increase of 3,144 jobs from the previous quarter. Over this period, gross job losses from closing and contracting private sector establishments was 73,239, a decrease of 49 jobs from the previous quarter.

Provides information on the gross number of jobs gained and lost at business establishments in Connecticut. They include estimates of the number of jobs added at opening and expanding establishments and of jobs eliminated at closing and contracting establishments. Also known as job flows, these data provide a fuller understanding of the labor market dynamics underlying net employment growth that unfold over time.

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January 5th January 2018 Connecticut Economic Digest
The Connecticut Economic Digest's purpose is to regularly provide users with a comprehensive source for the most current, up-to-date data available on the workforce and economy of the state, within perspectives of the region and nation.
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January 5th 2018 Economic Outlook: Slowly Recovering, Yet Long-Term Challenges Remain - January 2018 Economic Digest article (PDF)
Amid numerous uncertainties, the outlook for the Connecticut economy in 2018 has positive signs.

The World: Strengthening Economic Activity as a Whole
Economic activity for the world as a whole is increasing, with global growth projected at 3.7 percent in 2018. Positive trends in the Euro Area, Japan, emerging Asia, emerging Europe, and Russia offset risks for the United States and the United Kingdom. Trends to note include:

  • Euro Area: Growth in this region is estimated to rise to 1.9% in 2018.
  • China: Growth is projected to be 6.5 percent in 2018 as authorities continue an expansionary policy with high public investment.
  • Russia: Projected growth is 1.8 percent in 2018.
  • U.K.: Growth is projected to be 1.5 percent.
Enough countries are expected to strengthen again in 2018 so that it could be the strongest year for global growth since 2011.

The Nation: Tax Reform and Rebuilding From Hurricanes
The International Monetary Fund is anticipating that U.S. gross domestic product will increase by 2.3 percent in 2018. U.S. tax reform will provide a slight lift to overall economic growth, as will the rebuilding of areas affected by the hurricanes in the South. Tax reform that lowers rates on corporate and personal income should increase business investment and consumer consumption during 2018.[ download article only ] 

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December 27th Conference Board Help Wanted OnLine Data Series
Total postings in Connecticut was 65,784 in November 2017, down 329 from a month before and down 2,403 from November 2016. The Conference Board Help Wanted OnLine Data Series (HWOL) measures the number of new, first-time online jobs and jobs reposted from the previous month for over 16,000 Internet job boards, corporate boards and smaller job sites that serve niche markets and smaller geographic areas. The data can be used as a real-time measure of labor demand.
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December 1st December 2017 Connecticut Economic Digest
The Connecticut Economic Digest's purpose is to regularly provide users with a comprehensive source for the most current, up-to-date data available on the workforce and economy of the state, within perspectives of the region and nation.
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December 1st Is Connecticut Losing Jobs to Other States? - December 2017 Economic Digest article (PDF)
The Connecticut State Data Center at the University of Connecticut recently released population projections for Connecticut and its towns through 2040. The projections suggest a slowing of population growth but do not show an exodus of young people from Connecticut. Declines in the younger population groups are driven by a low birth rate while migration out of state is concentrated in older age groups. Nevertheless, the number of senior citizens will increase while the school-aged population will decline. Growth will be uneven across cities and towns with some (particularly the largest cities) gaining significant population while others decline. Some of the smallest towns are projected to reverse part of the strong growth they have experienced in recent decades.

Statewide Overview
Connecticut's population increased by over 255,000 from 1970 to 1990 and added an additional 300,000 from 1990 to 2015, a 9.3% increase. Population growth is projected to grow just 1.7% in the 25 years from 2015 to 2040, less than 20% of the growth rate of the previous 25 years. Focusing on the most recent 15 year period and comparing it to the next shows a similar pattern. Population grew 5.5% from 2000 to 2015 but is projected to grow just 1.1% from 2015 to 2030. While these projections are not predictions of what will happen (unforeseen events such as changes in the economy could affect these projections), they are carefully calculated projections based on fertility rates, survival rates, domestic migration, international migration, and college migration. [ download article only ] 

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November 15th 2Q2017 - Employment & Wages by Industry Covered by Unemployment Insurance - Quarterly (Statewide / LMA / WDA)
The program produces a comprehensive tabulation of employment and wage information for workers covered by Connecticut Unemployment Insurance (UI) laws and Federal workers covered by the Unemployment Compensation for Federal Employees program with three digit government data added. Data on the number of establishments, employment, and wages are reported by industry for Connecticut, Labor Market and Workforce Development Areas.
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November 13th Connecticut Labor Force Data for Affirmative Action Plans - 3Q2017
Provides quarterly labor force information for Connecticut and its eight counties. The data presented are designed to meet the requirements of the Office of Federal Contract Compliance (OFCCP) and/or the Connecticut Commission on Human Rights and Opportunities (CHRO) for companies, State agencies, and municipalities that submit an Affirmative Action Plan. Includes statewide and county estimates of total labor force, unemployment rates, and unemployed women and minorities.
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3Q 2017 Connecticut Labor Force Data for Affirmative Action Excel
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November 9th Business Employment Dynamics 1Q2017
From December 2016 to March 2017, gross job gains from opening and expanding private sector establishments in Connecticut was 79,177, an increase of 6,458 jobs from the previous quarter. Over this period, gross job losses from closing and contracting private sector establishments was 73,288, a decrease of 1,745 jobs from the previous quarter.

Provides information on the gross number of jobs gained and lost at business establishments in Connecticut. They include estimates of the number of jobs added at opening and expanding establishments and of jobs eliminated at closing and contracting establishments. Also known as job flows, these data provide a fuller understanding of the labor market dynamics underlying net employment growth that unfold over time.

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November 1st November 2017 Connecticut Economic Digest
The Connecticut Economic Digest's purpose is to regularly provide users with a comprehensive source for the most current, up-to-date data available on the workforce and economy of the state, within perspectives of the region and nation.
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November 1st Is Connecticut Losing Jobs to Other States? - November 2017 Economic Digest article (PDF)
Rightly or wrongly, Connecticut's job growth performance is often talked about in the context of "winning" or "losing" to other parts of the country. This article uses the location quotient measure to begin to address this issue by using national Quarterly Census of Employment and Wages (QCEW) data to measure relative job growth from and to Connecticut over time. According to the US Department of Labor's Bureau of Labor Statistics, location quotients are ratios that allow an area's distribution of employment by industry, ownership, and size class to be compared to a reference area's distribution. [ download article only ] 
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October 2nd October 2017 Connecticut Economic Digest
The Connecticut Economic Digest's purpose is to regularly provide users with a comprehensive source for the most current, up-to-date data available on the workforce and economy of the state, within perspectives of the region and nation.
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October 2nd State Economic Indexes (SEI), 2010-2016 - October 2017 Economic Digest article (PDF)
Connecticut ranked 32nd out of the 50 states and the District of Columbia (DC) in the State Economic Indexes (SEI) in 2016, moving up from the 39th position in 2015. In fact, last year's overall economic performance was the best in terms of the ranking in six years. Colorado, once again, ranked first in the nation with the highest index last year (145.3), while Wyoming came in last (102.6). Our state's index of 120.5 was below the nationwide value of 124.5.

SEI: Methodology: Applying the same components and methodology of the Connecticut Town Economic Indexes (See October 2017 issue), the Connecticut Department of Labor's Office of Research also developed the State Economic Indexes, an annual composite index of each of the 50 states and DC. With recently available annual average data from the Quarterly Census Employment and Wages (QCEW) program, along with the revised annual average unemployment rate from Local Area Unemployment Statistics (LAUS), annual SEI is reestimated for the 2010-2016 period.

These indexes provide a measure of the overall economic strength of each state that can be compared and ranked. Four annual average state economic indicators were used as components: 1. the number of the total covered business establishments, 2. total covered employment, 3. real covered wages, and 4. the unemployment rate. [ download article only ] 

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October 4th 1Q2017 - Employment & Wages by Industry Covered by Unemployment Insurance - Quarterly (Statewide / LMA / WDA)
The program produces a comprehensive tabulation of employment and wage information for workers covered by Connecticut Unemployment Insurance (UI) laws and Federal workers covered by the Unemployment Compensation for Federal Employees program with three digit government data added. Data on the number of establishments, employment, and wages are reported by industry for Connecticut, Labor Market and Workforce Development Areas.
1Q2017
October 1st October 2017 Connecticut Economic Digest
The Connecticut Economic Digest's purpose is to regularly provide users with a comprehensive source for the most current, up-to-date data available on the workforce and economy of the state, within perspectives of the region and nation.
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October 1st Connecticut Town Economic Index (CTEI): 2013-2016 - October 2017 Economic Digest article (PDF)
The Connecticut Town Economic Index (CTEI) showed the state's cities and towns experienced further economic improvement in 2016, though at a slower pace than in 2015.

CTEI: Methodology
The CTEI was introduced two years ago and is being released annually. The Connecticut Department of Labor's Office of Research developed the Connecticut Town Economic Index (CTEI), an annual composite index of all 169 cities and towns in the state. This index measures each town or city's overall economic health, which can be ranked and compared to others to gain perspective of its performance each year. Four annual average town economic indicators were used as components, which are total covered business establishments, total covered employment, inflation-adjusted covered wages, and the unemployment rate.

Establishments are the physical work units located in the municipality. Employment is the number of employees on payroll in the establishments that are located in the town. Wages are the aggregate payroll pay divided by the total average employment. These three measures come from the Quarterly Census of Employment and Wages (QCEW) program and include all those who are covered under the unemployment insurance law, thus capturing nearly 100 percent of all the employees in each town. [ download article only ] 

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August 18th 2017 Eastern Information Workforce Investment Planning
Contains a variety of data on the Eastern Workforce Development Area including population and population density, labor force, employment and wages by industry sector, and new housing permits. In addition, detailed information on residents in need of workforce investment services such as high school dropouts, Medicaid recipients, adult probationers, Temporary Family Assistance (TFA) recipients, and other residents with barriers to employment.
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August 18th 2017 Northwest Information Workforce Investment Planning
Contains a variety of data on the Northwest Workforce Development Area including population and population density, labor force, employment and wages by industry sector, and new housing permits. In addition, detailed information on residents in need of workforce investment services such as high school dropouts, Medicaid recipients, adult probationers, Temporary Family Assistance (TFA) recipients, and other residents with barriers to employment.
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August 18th 2017 North Central Information Workforce Investment Planning
Contains a variety of data on the North Central Workforce Development Area including population and population density, labor force, employment and wages by industry sector, and new housing permits. In addition, detailed information on residents in need of workforce investment services such as high school dropouts, Medicaid recipients, adult probationers, Temporary Family Assistance (TFA) recipients, and other residents with barriers to employment.
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August 18th 2017 Southwest Information Workforce Investment Planning
Contains a variety of data on the Southwest Workforce Development Area including population and population density, labor force, employment and wages by industry sector, and new housing permits. In addition, detailed information on residents in need of workforce investment services such as high school dropouts, Medicaid recipients, adult probationers, Temporary Family Assistance (TFA) recipients, and other residents with barriers to employment.
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August 18th 2017 South Central Information Workforce Investment Planning
Contains a variety of data on the South Central Workforce Development Area including population and population density, labor force, employment and wages by industry sector, and new housing permits. In addition, detailed information on residents in need of workforce investment services such as high school dropouts, Medicaid recipients, adult probationers, Temporary Family Assistance (TFA) recipients, and other residents with barriers to employment.
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2017
August 11th Connecticut Labor Force Data for Affirmative Action Plans - 2Q2017
Provides quarterly labor force information for Connecticut and its eight counties. The data presented are designed to meet the requirements of the Office of Federal Contract Compliance (OFCCP) and/or the Connecticut Commission on Human Rights and Opportunities (CHRO) for companies, State agencies, and municipalities that submit an Affirmative Action Plan. Includes statewide and county estimates of total labor force, unemployment rates, and unemployed women and minorities.
CT Labor Force Data for Affirmative Action Plans 2Q 2017 (PDF, 417K)
2Q 2017 Connecticut Labor Force Data for Affirmative Action Excel
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August 8th Connecticut Occupational Employment & Wages by State / LMA / WDA - 2017
Provides accurate and meaningful wage information to employers, job seekers, counselors, students, planners of vocational education programs, economic developers, Regional Workforce Development Boards, and others.
Connecticut Occupational Employment & Wages - 2016 (xlsx) 1Q 2017
August 8th State of Connecticut NAICS Industry - Occupational Employment and Wages (OES)- 2017
Provides accurate and meaningful wage information to employers, job seekers, counselors, students, planners of vocational education programs, economic developers, Regional Workforce Development Boards, and others.
Connecticut Occupational Employment & Wages - 2016 (xlsx) 1Q 2017
August 1st August 2017 Connecticut Economic Digest
The Connecticut Economic Digest's purpose is to regularly provide users with a comprehensive source for the most current, up-to-date data available on the workforce and economy of the state, within perspectives of the region and nation.
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August 1st Covered Employment and Wages: A 2016 Annual Review. - August 2017 Economic Digest article (PDF)
The number of jobs covered by Connecticut Unemployment Insurance (UI) increased by 0.2 percent during 2016, according to most recent data published from the Quarterly Census of Employment and Wages (QCEW) program. This increase continues the trend started in 2011. Total private industry employment, constituting 86.1 percent of the state's employment total, increased by 0.5 percent. Total government employment decreased by 1.4 percent year-over-year.

Average annual wages for all Connecticut jobs increased by 0.5 percent to $65,869, much like in 2015. In 2016, private sector wages increased by 0.4 percent to $66,579; government wages increased 0.9 percent to $61,458.

The number of business establishments expanded for the fifth year in a row, with a new total of 117,337, an increase of 0.9 percent over 2015. Total private establishments represented the entirety of the increase, reaching 113,944 in 2016. Government worksites decreased 0.9 percent in the state, from 3,425 in 2015 to 3,393 in 2016. [ download article only ] 

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July 26th Business Employment Dynamics 4Q2016
From October 2016 to December 2016, gross job gains from opening and expanding private sector establishments in Connecticut was 72,208, a decrease of 2,000 jobs from the previous quarter. Over this period, gross job losses from closing and contracting private sector establishments was 73,722, a decrease of 1,387 jobs from the previous quarter.

Provides information on the gross number of jobs gained and lost at business establishments in Connecticut. They include estimates of the number of jobs added at opening and expanding establishments and of jobs eliminated at closing and contracting establishments. Also known as job flows, these data provide a fuller understanding of the labor market dynamics underlying net employment growth that unfold over time.

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July 21st 2016 Covered Employment and Wages by Industry - Annual Averages (Statewide / County / LMA / WDA / Town)
Employment and wage information for workers covered by Connecticut Unemployment Insurance (UI) laws and Federal workers covered by the Unemployment Compensation for Federal Employees (UCFE) program.(three digit government data added)
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July 21st 2016 Worksites by Size Class
Worksites is a count of firms, excluding government, that have only one location, plus a count of each location of firms that have operations in more than one location. The sum of the substate areas is less than the statewide total because some multi-location firms and others that don't have a physical location are coded as statewide and therefore have no substate area designation.
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July 19th Connecticut's Manufacturing and Other Middle-Skills Jobs
Produced by the agency's Office of Research, Connecticut's Manufacturing and Other Middle-skills Jobs provides the opportunity to explore more than 30 jobs and potential careers, including carpenters, dental hygienists, industrial engineering technicians, mechanical drafters, paralegals, legal assistants, tool and die makers and web developers.
June 2017 Consumer Price Index (PDF)
CT DOL Press release
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July 3rd Connecticut's Short-Term Employment Outlook 2016-2018
The outlook for the U.S. and Connecticut economies for 2016 - 2018, which is prepared by the Office of Research, Connecticut Labor Department (CTDOL). After review by a panel of economists from academia, business, non-profits, and government, the U.S. and Connecticut outlooks are revised, updated, and then used as the basis for setting the assumptions for the next round of Short-Term Connecticut, Industry-Employment Forecasts.
Connecticut's Short-Term Employment Outlook 2016-2018 (PDF, 1.8M) 2016-2018
July 3rd 2014-2024 Workforce Development Area Employment Projections
These forecasts are used in conjunction with occupational forecasts to help students decide on careers, schools decide on training programs, businesses decide on strategic plans, and governments decide on budgets and services. Occupational employment projections give a broad view of future employment conditions. They show job growth and decline in various occupations over the entire decade; they do not intend to imply a smooth trend between the start and end of this period.
2014-2024 Workforce Development Area Employment Projections 2014-2024
July 3rd July 2017 Connecticut Economic Digest
The Connecticut Economic Digest's purpose is to regularly provide users with a comprehensive source for the most current, up-to-date data available on the workforce and economy of the state, within perspectives of the region and nation.
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July 3rd State's 2016 Housing Market in Review. - July 2017 Economic Digest article #1 (PDF)
The housing market is an important sector of the economy, and so each year the Department of Economic and Community Development (DECD) examines different aspects of Connecticut's housing industry. This article takes a look at permits, sales, prices and housing characteristics.

Home Sales and Prices
The state's real estate market continued its momentum into 2016 with another strong performance in the number of sales and an uptick in median prices.

According to the Warren Group report, Connecticut single-family home sales gained 8.7% from 29,644 in 2015 to 32,235 in 2016, the highest level in nine years. Condominium sales also gained ground with a 5.3% increase from 7,853 in 2015 to 8,267 in 2016.  [ download article only ] 

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July 3rd Robots in the Workplace: Threat or Asset? - July 2017 Economic Digest article #2 (PDF)
The latest breakthroughs in robotics and artificial intelligence have awakened fears that technological advances will lead to a large decrease in the overall level of employment and widespread unemployment. While there will be disruptions, and many occupations are at high risk of computerization over the next decade or two, the dynamic labor market continues to create opportunities for workers with the right skills and education. [ download article only ] 
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June 28th Connecticut's Manufacturing and Other Middle-Skills Jobs
The Connecticut Department of Labor's Office of Research has prepared Connecticut's Manufacturing and Other Middle-Skills Jobs for people who want or need to find work immediately in the field of manufacturing and other middle-skills jobs.
Connecticut's Manufacturing and Other Middle-skills Jobs(PDF)
2017
June 19th Connecticut Career Paths: 2017
Your personal guide to career decision-making. This publication is created to provide you the information about the skills and training to prepare yourself for a successful career in one of over 340 occupations in the state. For each of the occupations included in the Career Table, information is provided on number employed, job openings, education and training requirements and the earning potential for your chosen field. The publication also contains tips on résumé design basics, job interviews, avoiding employment scams, and using CTHires and other on-line tools to continue your career exploration.
Connecticut Career Paths: 2017 (PDF)
CT DOL Press release
2017
June 12th 2016-17 Legislative Report Card ~ Connecticut Employment and Training Commission
The report summarizes the employment and compensation experience of students who graduated from our 18 public colleges during the 2014-15 school year. The report also provides a detailed summary of employment by industry sector and college degree program for the graduates of each system of education and for each individual institution.
2016-17 Legislative Report Card (PDF, 2.6M) 2016-17
June 1st June 2017 Connecticut Economic Digest
The Connecticut Economic Digest's purpose is to regularly provide users with a comprehensive source for the most current, up-to-date data available on the workforce and economy of the state, within perspectives of the region and nation.
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June 1st Anchor Institutions and the Innovation Economy - June 2017 Economic Digest article #1 (PDF)
Hospitals and institutions of higher learning deploying their considerable resources to promote neighborhood revitalization through economic development are known as anchor institutions. Often acting in concert with nonprofit and public agencies, anchor institutions create opportunities for home ownership among low- and moderate-income households as well as supporting educational and apprenticeship programs for disadvantaged youth to prepare them for gainful employment.  [ download article only ] 
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June 1st Annual Unemployment Rate by Town, 2012-2016 - June 2017 Economic Digest article #2 (PDF)
By looking at the unemployment rates, we can see that Connecticut has experienced six years of economic recovery. Unemployment rates come from the Local Area Unemployment Statistics (LAUS) program. There are total of 169 cities and towns in Connecticut for which labor force estimates are produced monthly by the Connecticut Department of Labor in cooperation with the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS). For a brief explanation of the methodology of LAUS, see "Labor Force Estimates" on page 23. In the June 2016 Digest, 2011-2015 annual average town unemployment rate estimates were published. This year, revised 2012-2016 data are analyzed.[ download article only ] 
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May 15th 4Q2016 - Employment & Wages by Industry Covered by Unemployment Insurance - Quarterly (Statewide / LMA / WDA)
The program produces a comprehensive tabulation of employment and wage information for workers covered by Connecticut Unemployment Insurance (UI) laws and Federal workers covered by the Unemployment Compensation for Federal Employees program with three digit government data added. Data on the number of establishments, employment, and wages are reported by industry for Connecticut, Labor Market and Workforce Development Areas.
4Q2016
May 12th Connecticut Labor Force Data for Affirmative Action Plans - 1Q2017
Provides quarterly labor force information for Connecticut and its eight counties. The data presented are designed to meet the requirements of the Office of Federal Contract Compliance (OFCCP) and/or the Connecticut Commission on Human Rights and Opportunities (CHRO) for companies, State agencies, and municipalities that submit an Affirmative Action Plan. Includes statewide and county estimates of total labor force, unemployment rates, and unemployed women and minorities.
CT Labor Force Data for Affirmative Action Plans 1Q 2017 (PDF, 377K)
1Q 2017 Connecticut Labor Force Data for Affirmative Action Excel
1Q 2017
May 1st May 2017 Connecticut Economic Digest
The Connecticut Economic Digest's purpose is to regularly provide users with a comprehensive source for the most current, up-to-date data available on the workforce and economy of the state, within perspectives of the region and nation.
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May 1st Short-Term Employment Projections Through 2018 - May 2017 Economic Digest article (PDF)
Each year, the Office of Research at the Connecticut Department of Labor produces short-term employment projections by industry and occupation. The projections are based on a careful analysis of the Connecticut economy and labor market.

March of 2010 was the first month of payroll job growth after the great recession. Seven years later the Connecticut economy has regained 91,200 jobs or 77% of the 119,100 lost during the "great recession" as of March 2017. Overall employment growth has been dampened by the government sector which is down 14,000 jobs since February 2010. Private sector employment has fared significantly better having recovered 94% of the jobs lost during the downturn. [ download article only ] 

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April 28th Business Employment Dynamics 3Q2016
Provides information on the gross number of jobs gained and lost at business establishments in Connecticut. They include estimates of the number of jobs added at opening and expanding establishments and of jobs eliminated at closing and contracting establishments. Also known as job flows, these data provide a fuller understanding of the labor market dynamics underlying net employment growth that unfold over time.
3Q2016 Connecticut Business Employment Dynamics PDF 3Q 2016
13 April 2017 Connecticut Economic Digest
The Connecticut Economic Digest's purpose is to regularly provide users with a comprehensive source for the most current, up-to-date data available on the workforce and economy of the state, within perspectives of the region and nation.
April 2017 CT Economic Digest (PDF, 326K) April
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13 Connecticut Exports: 2016 in Review - April 2017 Economic Digest article #1 (PDF)
Geopolitical issues seemed to dominate 2016, whether it was the U.S. elections, Brexit, the Eurozone, free trade agreements, economic integration or national sovereignty. How these global issues impact trade, currency, and political relationships remains to be seen. In the meantime, to assess Connecticut's export status, a review of several key categories follows.

Annual Export Figures
In 2016, Connecticut's commodity exports totaled $14.4 billion, a 5.49% decrease from the $15.24 billion registered in 2015. It is important to note, as significant as commodity exports are, they omit service exports, for which the collection of data is inexact and unavailable at the state level. All U.S. states face this data gap. This means that export figures for a state like Connecticut- with a large concentration of insurance, financial and other services understate the true magnitude of its overall export value.  [ download article only ]

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13 A New Look at Earnings Inequality - April 2017 Economic Digest article #2 (PDF)
There is a great deal of literature documenting the increase in income inequality in the United States from the mid-1970s to the present. Data from the Current Population Survey (CPS) and the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) show similar trends. In a recent presentation, Dr. James R. Spletzer of the U.S. Census Bureau reviewed this data and presented new findings using data from the Longitudinal Employer-Household Dynamics (LEHD).  [ download article only ]
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11 2016 Eastern Information Workforce Investment Planning
Contains a variety of data on the Eastern Workforce Development Area including population and population density, labor force, employment and wages by industry sector, and new housing permits. In addition, detailed information on residents in need of workforce investment services such as high school dropouts, Medicaid recipients, adult probationers, Temporary Family Assistance (TFA) recipients, and other residents with barriers to employment.
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2016
11 2016 Northwest Information Workforce Investment Planning
Contains a variety of data on the Northwest Workforce Development Area including population and population density, labor force, employment and wages by industry sector, and new housing permits. In addition, detailed information on residents in need of workforce investment services such as high school dropouts, Medicaid recipients, adult probationers, Temporary Family Assistance (TFA) recipients, and other residents with barriers to employment.
Download 2016 Northwest WIA data Northwest
2016
11 2016 North Central Information Workforce Investment Planning
Contains a variety of data on the North Central Workforce Development Area including population and population density, labor force, employment and wages by industry sector, and new housing permits. In addition, detailed information on residents in need of workforce investment services such as high school dropouts, Medicaid recipients, adult probationers, Temporary Family Assistance (TFA) recipients, and other residents with barriers to employment.
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2016
11 2016 Southwest Information Workforce Investment Planning
Contains a variety of data on the Southwest Workforce Development Area including population and population density, labor force, employment and wages by industry sector, and new housing permits. In addition, detailed information on residents in need of workforce investment services such as high school dropouts, Medicaid recipients, adult probationers, Temporary Family Assistance (TFA) recipients, and other residents with barriers to employment.
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2016
11 2016 South Central Information Workforce Investment Planning
Contains a variety of data on the South Central Workforce Development Area including population and population density, labor force, employment and wages by industry sector, and new housing permits. In addition, detailed information on residents in need of workforce investment services such as high school dropouts, Medicaid recipients, adult probationers, Temporary Family Assistance (TFA) recipients, and other residents with barriers to employment.
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March 20th March 2017 Connecticut Economic Digest
The Connecticut Economic Digest's purpose is to regularly provide users with a comprehensive source for the most current, up-to-date data available on the workforce and economy of the state, within perspectives of the region and nation.
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March 20th Connecticut Economic Recovery Continues in 2016 - March 2017 Economic Digest article (PDF)
Although still yet to fully recover from the latest employment downturn, the Connecticut economy continued to improve in 2016, albeit at a slower pace. The total nonfarm employment increased for the sixth year. The unemployment rate fell for six consecutive years. Real personal income rose for the third year. Other economic indicators, however, were somewhat mixed.  [ download article only ] 
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March 1st Business Employment Dynamics
Provides information on the gross number of jobs gained and lost at business establishments in Connecticut. They include estimates of the number of jobs added at opening and expanding establishments and of jobs eliminated at closing and contracting establishments. Also known as job flows, these data provide a fuller understanding of the labor market dynamics underlying net employment growth that unfold over time.
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February 10th Connecticut Labor Force Data for Affirmative Action Plans - 4Q2016
Provides quarterly labor force information for Connecticut and its eight counties. The data presented are designed to meet the requirements of the Office of Federal Contract Compliance (OFCCP) and/or the Connecticut Commission on Human Rights and Opportunities (CHRO) for companies, State agencies, and municipalities that submit an Affirmative Action Plan. Includes statewide and county estimates of total labor force, unemployment rates, and unemployed women and minorities.
CT Labor Force Data for Affirmative Action Plans 4Q 2016 (PDF, 377K)
4Q 2016 Connecticut Labor Force Data for Affirmative Action Excel
4Q 2016
February 10th 3Q2016 - Employment & Wages by Industry Covered by Unemployment Insurance - Quarterly (Statewide / LMA / WDA)
The program produces a comprehensive tabulation of employment and wage information for workers covered by Connecticut Unemployment Insurance (UI) laws and Federal workers covered by the Unemployment Compensation for Federal Employees program with three digit government data added. Data on the number of establishments, employment, and wages are reported by industry for Connecticut, Labor Market and Workforce Development Areas.
3Q2016
February 1st February 2017 Connecticut Economic Digest
The Connecticut Economic Digest's purpose is to regularly provide users with a comprehensive source for the most current, up-to-date data available on the workforce and economy of the state, within perspectives of the region and nation.
February 2017 CT Economic Digest (PDF, 351K) February
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February 1st Connecticut's Work-Related Fatalities in 2015 - February 2017 Economic Digest article (PDF)
Connecticut lost 44 lives to work injuries in 2015. With an increase from 2014's revised count of 35, this is the biggest loss since 2010. It is also above Connecticut's annual average of 39 work-related deaths. Nationally, a total of 4,836 fatal workplace injuries occurred in 2015. This was a slight increase from 2014's reported 4,821 deaths. However, the rate of fatalities per 100,000 full-time equivalent workers fell from 3.43 in 2014 to 3.38 in 2015.  [ download article only ] 
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January 5th January 2017 Connecticut Economic Digest
The Connecticut Economic Digest's purpose is to regularly provide users with a comprehensive source for the most current, up-to-date data available on the workforce and economy of the state, within perspectives of the region and nation.
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January 5th The 2017 Economic Outlook - January 2017 Economic Digest article (PDF)
An analysis of recent data and trends indicates positive - albeit modest - growth in 2017 for the U.S. and Connecticut economies.

The Nation
The outlook for the U.S. economy in 2017 remains relatively optimistic based on technical data. The U.S. Gross Domestic Product (GDP), except for Q1-2011 and Q1-2014 (when it slipped 1.5% and 0.9%, respectively), has now grown for seven years since the "Great Recession" ended in Q2-2009. Real Gross Domestic Product (RGDP), or the constant dollar value of all goods and services produced by labor and capital located in the U.S., since Q2-2009 has averaged a 2.1% annual increase from the preceding quarter (Figure 1). After growing 2.5% in 2010, 1.6% in 2011, 2.2% in 2012, 1.7% in 2013, 2.4% in 2014, 2.6% in 2015, and an estimated 3.2% in Q3-2016, RGDP growth near 2.5% is likely in 2017. Major economic forecasters, including HIS Global Insight, The Conference Board, and the OECD, forecast that U.S. Real GDP will grow between 2 to 2 1/2% in 2017. Their outlook for 2016 was 3.4%, a little less than the previous year's forecast of 3.7%. The National Association of Business Economists (NABE) median 2017 outlook calls for 2.3% average annual growth. [ download article only ] 

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December 1st December 2016 Connecticut Economic Digest
The Connecticut Economic Digest's purpose is to regularly provide users with a comprehensive source for the most current, up-to-date data available on the workforce and economy of the state, within perspectives of the region and nation.
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December 1st The Crossroads of Millennials and Migration - December 2016 Economic Digest article #1 (PDF)
The nation is closely watching the actions of millennials - what do millennials like, what are their work preferences, where do millennials want to live? And there is good reason for this attention - millennials now make up the largest living generation. According to the Pew Research Center, millennials, whom they define as born between 1981 and 1997, recently surpassed baby boomers in 2015 as the largest living generation. As a result the preferences of millennials do have a sizable impact on the economy - and their choices have substantially deviated from those of prior generations. But as millennials age their preferences likely will return to historical norms, which could benefit Connecticut. Long-run domestic migration patterns show Connecticut has historically imported adults in their late twenties and thirties (and forties when international migration is included). As millennials start settling down and moving into larger homes, safe communities, and for good schools, hopefully Connecticut will stand out as a top destination. [ download article only ] 
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November 29th 2Q2016 - Employment & Wages by Industry Covered by Unemployment Insurance - Quarterly (Statewide / LMA / WDA)
The program produces a comprehensive tabulation of employment and wage information for workers covered by Connecticut Unemployment Insurance (UI) laws and Federal workers covered by the Unemployment Compensation for Federal Employees program with three digit government data added. Data on the number of establishments, employment, and wages are reported by industry for Connecticut, Labor Market and Workforce Development Areas.
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November 28th Connecticut Labor Force Data for Affirmative Action Plans - 3Q2016
Provides quarterly labor force information for Connecticut and its eight counties. The data presented are designed to meet the requirements of the Office of Federal Contract Compliance (OFCCP) and/or the Connecticut Commission on Human Rights and Opportunities (CHRO) for companies, State agencies, and municipalities that submit an Affirmative Action Plan. Includes statewide and county estimates of total labor force, unemployment rates, and unemployed women and minorities.
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November 14th Business Employment Dynamics
Provides information on the gross number of jobs gained and lost at business establishments in Connecticut. They include estimates of the number of jobs added at opening and expanding establishments and of jobs eliminated at closing and contracting establishments. Also known as job flows, these data provide a fuller understanding of the labor market dynamics underlying net employment growth that unfold over time.
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November 1st November 2016 Connecticut Economic Digest
The Connecticut Economic Digest's purpose is to regularly provide users with a comprehensive source for the most current, up-to-date data available on the workforce and economy of the state, within perspectives of the region and nation.
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November 1st Introducing the State Economic Indexes (SEI) - November 2016 Economic Digest article #1 (PDF)
Of the 50 states and the District of Columbia, Connecticut ranked 38th in the State Economic Indexes (SEI) in 2015. Our state's index of 118.9 was below the nationwide value of 124.1 (see table on page 2). Over the last five years, Connecticut's overall index performed the worst in 2013, ranking 45th. However, last year was the best since 2011, bringing up the state to 38th position. As the chart on page 3 shows, Colorado ranked first in the nation with the highest index last year (137.9), while New Mexico came in last (107.2). [ download article only ] 
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November 1st Next Generation Economic Development - November 2016 Economic Digest article #2 (PDF)
Connecticut is dependent on large employers for jobs and job growth. A significant proportion of private-sector employment is in companies with 500 or more employees. Early this year, based on the premise that Connecticut's economy would benefit from job growth among businesses of all sizes, the Capitol Region Council of Governments convened a panel of experts composed of business and government leaders to generate ideas for nurturing small to medium-size businesses in economic sectors that show promise for bringing more wellpaying jobs to Connecticut. The successful firms described below show that Connecticut has the potential to experience growth in diverse industries.[ download article only ] 
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18 Connecticut's Entry-Level Occupations - A Guide To Help With Your Work Search
For people who want or need to find work immediately, but don't know where to start.
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3 October 2016 Connecticut Economic Digest
The Connecticut Economic Digest's purpose is to regularly provide users with a comprehensive source for the most current, up-to-date data available on the workforce and economy of the state, within perspectives of the region and nation.
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3 Connecticut Town Economic Index (CTEI): 2010-2015 - October 2016 Economic Digest article #1 (PDF)
The Connecticut Town Economic Index (CTEI) showed the state's cities and towns experienced further economic improvement in 2015. The CTEI was introduced last year and will be released annually in the October issue. The revised 2011 index values for all 169 cities and towns in the state are available upon request. [ download article only ] 
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3 Seasonally Adjusted Unemployment Rates by Labor Market Area, 1990-July 2016 - October 2016 Economic Digest article #2 (PDF)
In addition to not seasonally adjusted unemployment rate estimates, the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) also produces monthly seasonally adjusted data by major labor market areas (LMAs) for Connecticut, going back to 1990. Because of the one-month lag, these estimates are not published in the Labor Situation or the Connecticut Economic Digest, but they are available upon request. This article looks at the long-term monthly trends of seasonally adjusted unemployment rates of all the LMAs. The Connecticut Department of Labor's Office of Research separately produced seasonally adjusted estimates for small areas (Enfield, Torrington-Northwest, and Danielson-Northeast) so that all areas in the state can be compared and analyzed. Note that because of the recent geographical changes, these small non-BLS LMAs can be seasonally adjusted only back to 2010.[ download article only ] 
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20 Connecticut Labor Force Data for Affirmative Action Plans - 2Q2016
Provides quarterly labor force information for Connecticut and its eight counties. The data presented are designed to meet the requirements of the Office of Federal Contract Compliance (OFCCP) and/or the Connecticut Commission on Human Rights and Opportunities (CHRO) for companies, State agencies, and municipalities that submit an Affirmative Action Plan. Includes statewide and county estimates of total labor force, unemployment rates, and unemployed women and minorities.
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1 October 2016 Connecticut Economic Digest
The Connecticut Economic Digest's purpose is to regularly provide users with a comprehensive source for the most current, up-to-date data available on the workforce and economy of the state, within perspectives of the region and nation.
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1 Long Term Industry and Occupational Projections: 2014-2024 - October 2016 Economic Digest article (PDF)
NATIONAL PROJECTIONS ~ Every two years, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics produces 10 year projections of the U.S. labor force and employment by industry and occupation. The latest projections are for the period 2014 to 2024.

Labor Force ~ The U.S. labor force is projected to increase by 9.8 million workers from 2014 to 2024 (a 0.6% annualized growth rate) with the 2024 labor force projected to be older and more diverse. The number of workers aged 55 and older is expected to increase by more than 6.7 million (+19.8%) while the number aged 16 to 24 is projected to decrease by 2.8 million (-13.1%) with the largest labor force cohort - those aged 25 to 54 (also known as prime-age workers) up just 3.9 million (+3.9%). As a percent of the labor force, the 16-24 cohort will fall 2.1 percentage points to 14.1% in 2024; increased postsecondary enrollment is a primary cause of this share decrease. [ download article only ] 

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16 1Q2016 - Employment & Wages by Industry Covered by Unemployment Insurance - Quarterly (Statewide / LMA / WIA)
The program produces a comprehensive tabulation of employment and wage information for workers covered by Connecticut Unemployment Insurance (UI) laws and Federal workers covered by the Unemployment Compensation for Federal Employees program with three digit government data added. Data on the number of establishments, employment, and wages are reported by industry for Connecticut and Labor Market Areas.
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11 State of Connecticut Occupational Projections: 2014-2022
Every two years, the State of Connecticut's Department of Labor Office of Research economists create ten year industry employment forecasts. We examine historical trends and other people's forecasts to help project Connecticut's employment changes between 2014 and 2024. These forecasts are used in conjunction with occupational forecasts to help students decide on careers, schools decide on training programs, businesses decide on strategic plans, and governments decide on budgets and services.
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11 State of Connecticut Projections by Major Groups: 2014 - 2024
You can find detailed job descriptions for all occupations, number employed in the base year and the projected year, total job openings, openings by growth, occupations in demand, Connecticut occupational employment and wages, minimum education required plus: Search for training courses available in Connecticut using our Education & Training in Connecticut ©, Search employer information ~ data provided by InfoGroup ®, Connecticut job search using CareerOneStop © sponsored by the U.S. DOL ETA
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11 State of Connecticut Industry Projections: 2014 - 2024
Current and Projected Employment by Industry.
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11 2015 Covered Employment and Wages by Industry - Annual Averages (Statewide / County / LMA / WDA / Town)
Employment and wage information for workers covered by Connecticut Unemployment Insurance (UI) laws and Federal workers covered by the Unemployment Compensation for Federal Employees (UCFE) program.(three digit government data added)
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11 2015 Worksites by Size Class
Worksites is a count of firms, excluding government, that have only one location, plus a count of each location of firms that have operations in more than one location. The sum of the substate areas is less than the statewide total because some multi-location firms and others that don't have a physical location are coded as statewide and therefore have no substate area designation.
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1 August 2016 Connecticut Economic Digest
The Connecticut Economic Digest's purpose is to regularly provide users with a comprehensive source for the most current, up-to-date data available on the workforce and economy of the state, within perspectives of the region and nation.
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1 Covered Employment and Wages: A 2015 Annual Review - August 2016 Economic Digest article #1 (PDF)
The number of jobs in Connecticut covered by Unemployment Insurance (UI) increased by 0.6 percent during 2015, according to most recent data published from the Quarterly Census of Employment and Wages (QCEW) program. This increase continues the trend started back in 2011. Total private industry employment, constituting 85.9 percent of the state's employment total, increased by 0.8 percent. Government employment decreased by 0.6 percent year-over-year. [ download article only ] 
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1 Business Formation in Connecticut: 2000-2015 - August 2016 Economic Digest article #2 (PDF)
The Connecticut Secretary of the State's office maintains records of all business entities in the state. From these records, an aggregation of business type and location has produced interesting data on business formation change in Connecticut over time. This information is available publicly from 1980 to 2015 by business entity type and geographically down to town levels. This article examines business formation change from 2000-2015 and shows how recent cyclical factors have impacted business development in the state.[ download article only ] 
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29 Business Employment Dynamics
Provides information on the gross number of jobs gained and lost at business establishments in Connecticut. They include estimates of the number of jobs added at opening and expanding establishments and of jobs eliminated at closing and contracting establishments. Also known as job flows, these data provide a fuller understanding of the labor market dynamics underlying net employment growth that unfold over time.
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25 Connecticut Occupational Employment & Wages by State / LMA / WDA - 2016
Provides accurate and meaningful wage information to employers, job seekers, counselors, students, planners of vocational education programs, economic developers, Regional Workforce Development Boards, and others.
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22 State of Connecticut NAICS Industry - Occupational Employment and Wages (OES)- 2016
Provides accurate and meaningful wage information to employers, job seekers, counselors, students, planners of vocational education programs, economic developers, Regional Workforce Development Boards, and others.
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22 Connecticut's Short-Term Employment Outlook 2015-2017
What follows is the outlook for the U.S. and Connecticut economies for 2015 - 2017, which is prepared by the Office of Research, Connecticut Labor Department (CTDOL). After review by a panel of economists from academia, business, non-profits, and government, the U.S. and Connecticut outlooks are revised, updated, and then used as the basis for setting the assumptions for the next round of Short-Term Connecticut, Industry-Employment Forecasts.
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1 July 2016 Connecticut Economic Digest
The Connecticut Economic Digest's purpose is to regularly provide users with a comprehensive source for the most current, up-to-date data available on the workforce and economy of the state, within perspectives of the region and nation.
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1 2015 State Housing Market: Permits Up, Prices Fall - July 2016 Economic Digest article #1 (PDF)
2015 was a strong year for the U.S. housing market, due to high home sales and rising home prices. Connecticut followed the nation in terms of sales, however, prices continued to fall. The multifamily unit segment became more important than ever in the state's housing industry as demand for multi-units is on the rise. In this annual article, we will examine several aspects of the state's housing sector and the factors leading to an increasing demand for rental units. [ download article only ] 
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1 Introducing the Job-to-Job Flows Data - July 2016 Economic Digest article #2 (PDF)
This article introduces a new set of statistics about the dynamic nature of the labor market - the Job-to-Job Flows. These statistics provide information on workers who leave or lose one job and take another with little or no unemployment in between. For example, when a worker quits one job to take a better job at a different company, this will be counted as a job-to-job flow. While the data is still considered "Beta" and will be enhanced and improved in future years, the recently released numbers help us understand job changes in Connecticut..[ download article only ] 
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1 June 2016 Connecticut Economic Digest
The Connecticut Economic Digest's purpose is to regularly provide users with a comprehensive source for the most current, up-to-date data available on the workforce and economy of the state, within perspectives of the region and nation.
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1 Labor Force Participation Rate and Employment-Population Ratio, 1976-2016 - June 2016 Economic Digest article #1 (PDF)
The Connecticut Economic Digest now publishes the monthly labor force participation rate and employment-population ratio, which are found under the "Unemployment" table on page 6. These two data, produced by the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), provide additional perspectives to the unemployment rate data in assessing the current economic condition. This article also looks at their entire historical trends. [ download article only ] 
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1 Annual Town Unemployment Rates, 2011-2015 - June 2016 Economic Digest article #2 (PDF)
Unemployment rates come from the Local Area Unemployment Statistics (LAUS) program. There are total of 169 cities and towns in Connecticut for which labor force estimates are produced monthly by the Connecticut Department of Labor in cooperation with the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS). For a brief explanation of the methodology of LAUS, see "Labor Force Estimates" on page 23. In July 2015 Digest, 2010-2014 annual average town unemployment rate estimates were published. This year, revised 2011-2015 data are analyzed.[ download article only ] 
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23 4Q2015 - Employment & Wages by Industry Covered by Unemployment Insurance - Quarterly (Statewide / LMA / WIA)
The program produces a comprehensive tabulation of employment and wage information for workers covered by Connecticut Unemployment Insurance (UI) laws and Federal workers covered by the Unemployment Compensation for Federal Employees program with three digit government data added. Data on the number of establishments, employment, and wages are reported by industry for Connecticut and Labor Market Areas.
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2 June 2016 Connecticut Economic Digest
The Connecticut Economic Digest's purpose is to regularly provide users with a comprehensive source for the most current, up-to-date data available on the workforce and economy of the state, within perspectives of the region and nation.
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2 Connecticut Exports: 2015 in Review - June 2016 Economic Digest article #1 (PDF)
Connecticut is now into its sixth year of recovery from the recession that took its toll on the state from 2008 to 2010. Over the recession, Connecticut lost over 5% of its nonfarm employment, roughly 91,100 jobs based on annual averages. The annual average nonfarm employment reached its peak in 2008 at 1,699,100 jobs. By the time it reached the trough in 2010, the state's employment had fallen to 1,608,000 jobs. The largest losses came from the construction, manufacturing, trade, transportation and utilities, and the professional and business services sectors. Those four sectors alone accounted for 80% of the lost jobs. The lone sector that was able to create jobs during the recession was education and health services, expanding by about 10,000 jobs from the peak to trough years. [ download article only ] 
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27 Business Employment Dynamics
Provides information on the gross number of jobs gained and lost at business establishments in Connecticut. They include estimates of the number of jobs added at opening and expanding establishments and of jobs eliminated at closing and contracting establishments. Also known as job flows, these data provide a fuller understanding of the labor market dynamics underlying net employment growth that unfold over time.
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6 April 2016 Connecticut Economic Digest
The Connecticut Economic Digest's purpose is to regularly provide users with a comprehensive source for the most current, up-to-date data available on the workforce and economy of the state, within perspectives of the region and nation.
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6 Connecticut Exports: 2015 in Review - April 2016 Economic Digest article #1 (PDF)
For the first time since 2009, U.S. exports decreased. The weak global economy and strong U.S. dollar, which made U.S. exports more expensive to foreign buyers, brought challenges to the export community and resulted in export declines across the board. To assess Connecticut's export status, a review of several key categories follows. [ download article only ] 
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6 Occupational Profile: Diagnostic Medical Sonographer - April 2016 Economic Digest article #2 (PDF)
Diagnostic medical sonographers operate special imaging equipment to create images or conduct tests that help physicians assess and diagnose medical conditions. They specialize in creating images of the body's organs and tissues known as sonograms or ultrasounds. High frequency sound waves are used by a diagnostic sonographer to produce images of the inside of the body. An instrument called an ultrasound transducer is used on the parts of the patient's body that are being examined. Pulses of sound are emitted from the transducer that bounce back and cause echoes. Those echoes are then sent to the ultrasound machine, which processes them and displays them as images used by physicians for diagnosis.[ download article only ] 
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30 2015 Legislative Report Card ~ Connecticut Employment and Training Commission
A comprehensive report on employment outcomes for graduates of the public college system. Provides a summary of employment and earnings experience for students who graduated from one of Connecticut's 18 public colleges in 2013-14, as well as more detailed information on these employed graduates by industry sector, college and degree program.
2015 Legislative Report Card ~ Connecticut Employment and Training Commission LRC 2015
21 2015 Eastern Information Workforce Investment Planning
Contains a variety of data on the Eastern Workforce Investment Area including population and population density, labor force, employment and wages by industry sector, and new housing permits. In addition, detailed information on residents in need of workforce investment services such as high school dropouts, Medicaid recipients, adult probationers, Temporary Family Assistance (TFA) recipients, and other residents with barriers to employment.
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21 2015 Northwest Information Workforce Investment Planning
Contains a variety of data on the Northwest Workforce Investment Area including population and population density, labor force, employment and wages by industry sector, and new housing permits. In addition, detailed information on residents in need of workforce investment services such as high school dropouts, Medicaid recipients, adult probationers, Temporary Family Assistance (TFA) recipients, and other residents with barriers to employment.
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21 2015 North Central Information Workforce Investment Planning
Contains a variety of data on the North Central Workforce Investment Area including population and population density, labor force, employment and wages by industry sector, and new housing permits. In addition, detailed information on residents in need of workforce investment services such as high school dropouts, Medicaid recipients, adult probationers, Temporary Family Assistance (TFA) recipients, and other residents with barriers to employment.
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21 2015 Southwest Information Workforce Investment Planning
Contains a variety of data on the Southwest Workforce Investment Area including population and population density, labor force, employment and wages by industry sector, and new housing permits. In addition, detailed information on residents in need of workforce investment services such as high school dropouts, Medicaid recipients, adult probationers, Temporary Family Assistance (TFA) recipients, and other residents with barriers to employment.
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21 2015 South Central Information Workforce Investment Planning
Contains a variety of data on the South Central Workforce Investment Area including population and population density, labor force, employment and wages by industry sector, and new housing permits. In addition, detailed information on residents in need of workforce investment services such as high school dropouts, Medicaid recipients, adult probationers, Temporary Family Assistance (TFA) recipients, and other residents with barriers to employment.
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17 March 2016 Connecticut Economic Digest
The Connecticut Economic Digest's purpose is to regularly provide users with a comprehensive source for the most current, up-to-date data available on the workforce and economy of the state, within perspectives of the region and nation.
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17 Employment Grew for the Fifth Year  - March 2016 Economic Digest article (PDF)
Although not yet completely recovered from the latest employment recession, 2015 was a year of continued moderate economic growth for Connecticut. For the fifth year in a row, our State's total nonfarm employment grew. The unemployment rate fell for five straight years. Real personal income rose for the second year. The majority of the other economic indicators also showed that our overall economy performed well.

Nonfarm Employment - After our annual revision, Connecticut gained (based on annual average, not seasonally adjusted data) 12,500 jobs (+0.75%) in 2015, which was slightly more than the 11,400 jobs (+0.69%) in 2014. Nationally, employment grew faster at 1.9% in 2014 and 2.1% in 2015. Connecticut has now recovered 73% (+86,700) of the total nonfarm jobs lost during the March 2008 - February 2010 employment recession (-119,100), while the total private sector regained 86% of its job loss. By contrast, the nation has not only fully regained all of the jobs lost during its January 2008 - February 2010 employment downturn, but has also added 56% more jobs by January of this year. [ download article only ] 

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29 Connecticut Career Resource Network
Provides individuals in the educational and occupational training communities with information on resources and upcoming events. Articles include reviews of new Web sites and books, occupational descriptions, announcements of conferences and job fairs, and other articles of interest.
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24 3Q2015 - Employment & Wages by Industry Covered by Unemployment Insurance - Quarterly (Statewide / LMA / WIA)
The program produces a comprehensive tabulation of employment and wage information for workers covered by Connecticut Unemployment Insurance (UI) laws and Federal workers covered by the Unemployment Compensation for Federal Employees program with three digit government data added. Data on the number of establishments, employment, and wages are reported by industry for Connecticut and Labor Market Areas.
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24 Connecticut Career Paths 2016
Connecticut Career Paths 2016 is your personal guide to career decision-making. This publication was created to provide the information needed to help learners, from youth to adults, make informed decisions about their career choice and preparation.
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10 Connecticut Labor Force Data for Affirmative Action Plans - 4Q2015
Provides quarterly labor force information for Connecticut and its nine labor market areas (LMAs). Includes statewide and labor market area estimates of total labor force, unemployment rates, and unemployed women and minorities. Information on the broad occupational skills of women and minority job seekers registered with the CTWorks Career Centers can also be found here.
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1 February 2016 Connecticut Economic Digest
The Connecticut Economic Digest's purpose is to regularly provide users with a comprehensive source for the most current, up-to-date data available on the workforce and economy of the state, within perspectives of the region and nation.
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1 Economic Status of People with Disabilities  - February 2016 Economic Digest article (PDF)
In the eight years since the recession that began in 2008, conditions in Connecticut's labor market continue to improve. As a segment of the working-age population age 16 years and older that constitutes 5% of the work force, among whom 44% are employed full time according to the US Census Bureau's most recent (2014) American Community Survey (ACS), people with disabilities are becoming increasingly visible in the labor market. What follows is a brief examination of this population's economic characteristics as well as some of the programs and services that provide access to opportunities for its members to attach to the labor force and retain employment in response to changes in disability status." [ download article only ] 
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27 Business Employment Dynamics
Provides information on the gross number of jobs gained and lost at business establishments in Connecticut. They include estimates of the number of jobs added at opening and expanding establishments and of jobs eliminated at closing and contracting establishments. Also known as job flows, these data provide a fuller understanding of the labor market dynamics underlying net employment growth that unfold over time.
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20 2Q2015 - Employment & Wages by Industry Covered by Unemployment Insurance - Quarterly (Statewide / LMA / WIA)
The program produces a comprehensive tabulation of employment and wage information for workers covered by Connecticut Unemployment Insurance (UI) laws and Federal workers covered by the Unemployment Compensation for Federal Employees program with three digit government data added. Data on the number of establishments, employment, and wages are reported by industry for Connecticut and Labor Market Areas.
2Q2015
5 2016 Labor Market Information Calendar of Events - State of Connecticut
Connecticut Labor Situation, Current Employment Statistics (CES), Local Area Unemployment Statistics (LAUS), Connecticut Economic Digest, Connecticut Labor Market Information At-A-Glance, Labor Force Data for Affirmative Action Plan, Connecticut Business and Employment Changes Announced in the News Media. Download to any calendar.
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5 January 2016 Connecticut Economic Digest
The Connecticut Economic Digest's purpose is to regularly provide users with a comprehensive source for the most current, up-to-date data available on the workforce and economy of the state, within perspectives of the region and nation.
January 2016 CT Economic Digest (PDF, 368K) January
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5 The 2016 Economic Outlook - January 2016 Economic Digest article (PDF)
This annual outlook article focuses on the economic prospects for the U.S. & Connecticut economies in 2016 through an analysis of a variety of recent data and trends.

The Nation - The outlook for the U.S. economy in 2016 remains mostly positive. The U.S. Gross Domestic Product (GDP), Ex. for Q1-2011 and Q1-2014 (when it slipped 1.5% and 0.9%, respectively), has now grown for six years since the "Great Recession" ended in Q2-2009. Real Gross Domestic Product (RGDP), or the constant dollar value of all goods and services produced by labor and capital located in the U.S., since Q2-2009 has averaged a 2.2% annual increase from the preceding quarter.

After growing 2.5% in 2010, 1.6% in 2011, 2.2% in 2012, 1.5% in 2013, 2.4% in 2014, and an estimated 2.1% in Q3-2015, RGDP growth near 3.0% is likely in 2016. The New England Economic Partnership (NEEP), based on Moody's Analytics underlying macroeconomic forecast, sees RGDP growth at 3.4% in 2016, a little less than last year's forecast of 3.7%. The National Association of Business Economists (NABE) outlook panel consensus is, on an average annual basis, 2.7% in 2016, "a small downgrade compared to the previous survey's forecast [of 2.9%] for next year." [ download article only ] 

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12/01/2015 December 2015 Connecticut Economic Digest December 2015 CT Economic Digest (PDF, 346K) December 2015
12/01/2015 Connecticut's Work-Related Fatalities, 1992-2014 - December 2015 Economic Digest article #1 (PDF)
In 2014, America lost 4,679 people to work-related deaths. Thirty-three of those deaths were in Connecticut. Connecticut's "low" number is primarily due to low employment in high-risk industries. However, it cannot be stressed enough that what is statistically unremarkable has a devastating impact on loved ones. One work-related death is one too many.
December 2015 Digest article #1 (PDF) December 2015
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11/18/2015 Business Employment Dynamics
Provides information on the gross number of jobs gained and lost at business establishments in Connecticut. They include estimates of the number of jobs added at opening and expanding establishments and of jobs eliminated at closing and contracting establishments. Also known as job flows, these data provide a fuller understanding of the labor market dynamics underlying net employment growth that unfold over time.
1Q2015 Connecticut Business Employment Dynamics PDF 1Q 2015
11/12/2015 Connecticut Labor Force Data for Affirmative Action Plans - 3Q2015
Provides quarterly labor force information for Connecticut and its nine labor market areas (LMAs). Includes statewide and labor market area estimates of total labor force, unemployment rates, and unemployed women and minorities. Information on the broad occupational skills of women and minority job seekers registered with the CTWorks Career Centers can also be found here.
CT Labor Force Data for Affirmative Action Plans 3Q 2015 (PDF, 674K)
3Q 2015 Connecticut Labor Force Data for Affirmative Action Excel
3Q 2015
11/10/2015 1Q2005 - 1Q2015 - Employment & Wages by Industry Covered by Unemployment Insurance - Quarterly (Statewide)
The program produces a comprehensive tabulation of employment and wage information for workers covered by Connecticut Unemployment Insurance (UI) laws and Federal workers covered by the Unemployment Compensation for Federal Employees program with three digit government data added. Data on the number of establishments, employment, and wages are reported by industry for Connecticut and Labor Market Areas.
1Q2005 - 1Q2015
11/10/2015 1Q2015, 3Q2014, 4Q2014 - Employment & Wages by Industry Covered by Unemployment Insurance - Quarterly (LMA / WIA)
The program produces a comprehensive tabulation of employment and wage information for workers covered by Connecticut Unemployment Insurance (UI) laws and Federal workers covered by the Unemployment Compensation for Federal Employees program with three digit government data added. Data on the number of establishments, employment, and wages are reported by industry for Connecticut and Labor Market Areas.
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11/02/2015 November 2015 Connecticut Economic Digest November 2015 CT Economic Digest (PDF, 360K) November 2015
11/02/2015 Connecticut's so-called Misery Index Falling as of Late - November 2015 Economic Digest article #1 (PDF)
A straight forward Misery Index was developed in the 1960’s by Yale economist Arthur Okun, who is primarily known for formulating Okun’s Law – a perceived inverse relationship between a country’s unemployment rate and its national output – gross domestic product (GDP). As a nation’s unemployment rate declined, Okun’s Law inferred that a country’s gross product/output increased with some degree of regularity, and/or vice versa. This fundamental supposition of Okun’s Law has held up pretty well over time. Okun’s Misery Index, aptly an economic indicator that similarly is utilizing the unemployment rate (seasonally adjusted), is essentially the unemployment rate added to the annualized inflation rate (UR+CPI U annualized). These are two statistics our federal/state cooperating partner, the US Bureau of Labor Statistics, produces on a monthly basis. The Office of Research shares in the development of the state’s unemployment rate.
November 2015 Digest article #1 (PDF) November 2015
11/02/2015 Alternative Measures of Labor Underutilization in Connecticut, 2003-2014. - November 2015 Economic Digest article #2 (PDF)
In addition to the official unemployment rate, the Connecticut Economic Digest has been publishing the “U-6 rate” each quarter on page 6 under the “Unemployment” table. As introduced in the February 2010 issue (page 3), there are six alternative measures of labor underutilization produced by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), of which U-6 is the broadest measure, capturing not only the “official” unemployed, but also workers employed part-time for economic reasons, and those marginally attached to the labor force.
November 2015 Digest article #1 (PDF) November 2015
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10/01/2015 October 2015 Connecticut Economic Digest October 2015 CT Economic Digest (PDF, 360K) October 2015
10/01/2015 Introducing the Connecticut Town Economic Index (CTEI) - October 2015 Economic Digest article #1 (PDF)
The Connecticut Department of Labor's Office of Research developed the Connecticut Town Economic Index (CTEI), an annual composite index of all 169 cities and towns in Connecticut. This index measures each town or city's overall economic health, which can be ranked and compared to others to gain perspective of its performance each year. Four annual average town economic indicators were used as components, which are total covered business establishments, total covered employment, real covered wages, and the unemployment rate.
October 2015 Digest article #1 (PDF) October 2015
10/01/2015 Occupational Profile: Information Security Analysts - October 2015 Economic Digest article #2 (PDF)
Information security analysts plan, implement, upgrade, or monitor security measures for the protection of computer networks and information. They may ensure appropriate security controls are in place that will safeguard digital files and vital electronic infrastructure. Additionally, information security analysts may respond to computer security breaches and viruses.
October 2015 Digest article #1 (PDF) October 2015
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09/08/2015 Connecticut Workforce Investment Area Occupational Employment & Wages - 2015
Provides accurate and meaningful wage information to employers, job seekers, counselors, students, planners of vocational education programs, economic developers, Regional Workforce Development Boards, and others.
WIA 1Q 2015
09/08/2015 Connecticut Labor Market Area Occupational Employment & Wages - 2015
Provides accurate and meaningful wage information to employers, job seekers, counselors, students, planners of vocational education programs, economic developers, Regional Workforce Development Boards, and others.
LMA 1Q 2015
09/01/2015 October 2015 Connecticut Economic Digest October 2015 CT Economic Digest (PDF, 371K) October 2015
09/01/2015 Employment Recovery Continues for the Fourth Year - October 2015 Economic Digest article (PDF)
In 2014, the Connecticut Department of Labor’s Office of Research, in partnership with the Office of Workforce Competitiveness, conducted a survey of Connecticut employers designed to estimate hiring demand and job vacancy characteristics by industry and occupation.

Survey Sample - Information was gathered through the survey of a stratified sample of 10,300 firms in five Labor Market Areas. Firms excluded from the sampling process include Government entities and businesses with no employees. The sample was stratified by industry “supersector,” Labor Market Area and firm employment size.

October 2015 Digest article #1 (PDF) October 2015
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8/26/2015 Connecticut Occupational Employment & Wages - 2015
Provides accurate and meaningful wage information to employers, job seekers, counselors, students, planners of vocational education programs, economic developers, Regional Workforce Development Boards, and others.
1Q 2015
08/12/2015 Connecticut Labor Force Data for Affirmative Action Plans - 2Q2015
Provides quarterly labor force information for Connecticut and its nine labor market areas (LMAs). Includes statewide and labor market area estimates of total labor force, unemployment rates, and unemployed women and minorities. Information on the broad occupational skills of women and minority job seekers registered with the CTWorks Career Centers can also be found here.
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2Q 2015 Connecticut Labor Force Data for Affirmative Action Excel
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08/03/2015 August 2015 Connecticut Economic Digest August 2015 CT Economic Digest (PDF, 308K) August 2015
08/03/2015 Covered Employment and Wages: A 2014 Annual Review - August 2015 Economic Digest article #1 (PDF)
The number of workers in Connecticut covered by Unemployment Insurance (UI) increased by 0.8 percent during 2014, according to most recent data published from the Quarterly Census of Employment and Wages (QCEW) program. This increase continues the trend started back in 2011. Total private industry employment, constituting 85.7 percent of the State's covered employment total, increased by 0.9 percent. Government employment increased by 0.3 percent year-over-year.
August 2015 Digest article #1 (PDF) August 2015
08/03/2015 Construction Occupational Employment Trend, 2005-2013 - August 2015 Economic Digest article #2 (PDF)
The bursting of the housing bubble hit certain areas of the economy harder than others. Though Connecticut was not an epicenter of the housing bubble and bust, its impact can be seen when examining construction occupational employment. This article uses data from the Census Bureau's American Community Survey (ACS) as it provides estimates of labor market variables not captured in other datasets, including unemployment by occupation and prior occupation of those not in the labor force. From this we can get a generalized idea of how construction occupations in Connecticut have fared during the recession and recovery.
August 2015 Digest article #1 (PDF) August 2015
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07/08/2015 2014 Information Workforce Investment Planning
Contains a variety of data on Connecticut and each of the state’s five Workforce Investment Areas including population and population density, labor force, employment and wages by industry sector, and new housing permits. In addition, detailed information on residents in need of workforce investment services such as high school dropouts, Medicaid recipients, adult probationers, Temporary Family Assistance (TFA) recipients, and other residents with barriers to employment is included.
2014
07/01/2015 July 2015 Connecticut Economic Digest July 2015 CT Economic Digest (PDF, 308K) July 2015
07/01/2015 Connecticut's Housing Recovery Slowed in 2014 - July 2015 Economic Digest article #1 (PDF)
The state's overall housing recovery that began in 2012 continued, albeit at a slower rate, in 2014. One new positive trend was the increasing demand on multifamily units that sustained the housing sector. In this article, we will examine many aspects of the state's housing industry and the factors leading to a higher demand for multifamily homes.
July 2015 Digest article #1 (PDF) July 2015
07/01/2015 Annual Town Unemployment Rates, 2010-2014 - July 2015 Economic Digest article #2 (PDF)
Unemployment rate data are from the Local Area Unemployment Statistics (LAUS) program. There are total of 169 cities and towns in Connecticut for which labor force estimates are produced monthly by the Connecticut Department of Labor in cooperation with the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. Recently LAUS underwent a major revision back to 2010.
July 2015 Digest article #1 (PDF) July 2015
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06/24/2015 Connecticut Job Vacancy Survey
Survey of Connecticut employers designed to estimate hiring demand and job vacancy characteristics by industry and occupation.
Connecticut Job Vacancy Survey (July - August 2014)(PDF) July-Aug 2014
06/19/2015 Business Employment Dynamics
Provides information on the gross number of jobs gained and lost at business establishments in Connecticut. They include estimates of the number of jobs added at opening and expanding establishments and of jobs eliminated at closing and contracting establishments. Also known as job flows, these data provide a fuller understanding of the labor market dynamics underlying net employment growth that unfold over time.
3Q2014 Connecticut Business Employment Dynamics PDF 3Q 2014
06/01/2015 June 2015 Connecticut Economic Digest June 2015 CT Economic Digest (PDF, 308K) June 2015
06/01/2015 Examining Education, Incomes, and the "Skills Gap". - June 2015 Economic Digest article #1 (PDF)
While the unemployment rate has dropped sharply over the past few years, it remains higher than it was before the "great recession" began. On the other hand, the number and rate of job openings are higher than their prerecession levels. In March, there were five million job openings nationally despite an unemployment rate of 5.4%, a percentage point higher than prevailed in 2006 and 2007. Despite the pool of unemployed job-seekers, some business groups report that their members are having difficulty hiring employees with the skills and experience they are seeking. This has led some to conclude that there is a gap between the skills available in the labor force and the needs of employers.
June 2015 Digest article #1 (PDF) June 2015
06/01/2015 A Review of 2004-2014 Employment Projections. - June 2015 Economic Digest article #2 (PDF)
It will be years-not in my time-before a woman will become Prime Minister." That's a quote made by Margaret Thatcher in 1969, ten years before she took over as Prime Minister of the United Kingdom in 1979. In other words, projections-especially 10 years ahead of time-are difficult. Every two years, the Office of Research at the Connecticut Department of Labor creates 10-year employment projections for the state. Now that employment statistics for 2014 have been released, we are going to take a look at the 2004-2014 projections and see how well the projections fared. Statewide numbers for the Major Standard Occupational Classification (SOC) groupings and Occupation Employment Statistics data from 2014 will be what is focused on. There are a couple of things to bear in mind when looking at the original projections.
June 2015 Digest article #1 (PDF) June 2015
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05/14/2015 Connecticut Labor Force Data for Affirmative Action Plans - 1Q2015
Provides quarterly labor force information for Connecticut and its nine labor market areas (LMAs). Includes statewide and labor market area estimates of total labor force, unemployment rates, and unemployed women and minorities. Information on the broad occupational skills of women and minority job seekers registered with the CTWorks Career Centers can also be found here.
CT Labor Force Data for Affirmative Action Plans 1Q 2015 (PDF, 569K)
1Q 2015 Connecticut Labor Force Data for Affirmative Action Excel
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05/01/2015 June 2015 Connecticut Economic Digest June 2015 CT Economic Digest (PDF, 367K) June 2015
05/01/2015 The Economic Impact of Tourism in Connecticut - June 2015 Economic Digest article (PDF)
Tourism is an important economic engine in Connecticut, and all business sectors in the state economy benefit from tourism activity directly and/or indirectly. Visitors to Connecticut represent a significant economic benefit as they spend money in the local economy on items such as lodging, food and beverage, retail purchases, and recreation. Visitor spending has an even larger impact as it ripples through the statewide economy, generating revenues and jobs for businesses spanning a wide range of industries. Since the recession, Connecticut’s tourism industry has created 5,000 new jobs. Visitors to Connecticut spent $8.3 billion in 2013, generating a total economic impact of $14.0 billion, supporting nearly 119,000 total jobs.
June 2015 Digest article #1 (PDF) June 2015
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04/29/2015 2015 Connecticut Learns & Works Conference
The Connecticut Learns & Works Conference is an annual conference for educators, counselors, employment and training specialists and business persons interested in career and workforce development. Professionals from the business community, education, higher education and workforce development boards were brought together to form the Learns and Works committee with a goal to better inform educators, counselors and job developers how changes in the workplace will affect jobs and careers in the future.
June 2015
04/07/2015 April 2015 Connecticut Economic Digest April 2015 CT Economic Digest (PDF, 368K) April 2015
04/07/2015 Connecticut Exports: 2014 in Review - April 2015 Economic Digest article #1 (PDF)
Opening foreign markets to U.S. goods and services is critical for economic competitiveness, growth and job creation. As such, President Obama commenced the second phase of the National Export Initiative, “NEI/NEXT,” to strengthen partnerships among the export community. At a June 2014 launch, U.S. Department of Commerce Secretary Penny Pritzker announced that through NEI/NEXT, federal agencies are developing policy improvements to “provide exporters more tailored assistance and information; streamline export reporting requirements; expand access to export financing; ensure market access and a level playing field; and collaborate with state and local organizations."
April 2015 Digest article #1 (PDF) April 2015
04/07/2015 Occupational Employment and Wages: 2001-2013 - April 2015 Economic Digest article #2 (PDF)
Occupational Employment Statistics (OES) estimates employer survey information into detailed wage data for 821 occupations that comprise 22 major categories. Extensive occupational earnings data make the survey useful to both employers and employees. This article utilizes data from 2001, 2004, 2007, 2010, and 2013 to account for the 3-year OES survey cycle. Data is examined mostly at 2-digit Standard Occupational Classification (SOC) level but also dives deeper into 6 digit levels to explain broader changes.
April 2015 Digest article #2 (PDF) April 2015
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03/23/2015 March 2015 Connecticut Economic Digest March 2015 CT Economic Digest (PDF, 368K) March 2015
03/23/2015 Employment Recovery Continues for the Fourth Year - March 2015 Economic Digest article (PDF)
Last year was a continuation of modest employment recovery in Connecticut, with many economic indicators, including unemployment, pointing to positive directions. After our annual revision, Connecticut gained 12,500 jobs (+0.76%) in 2014, which was essentially the same pace as was in 2013, as unemployment rate fell further to 6.6%.

Fourth Year of Employment Recovery ~ During the March 2008-February 2010 recession, Connecticut lost 119,000 total nonfarm jobs, of which 76% are now recovered (+90,500), while the total private sector recovered 87%. Meanwhile, the nation has now fully regained all of the jobs lost in its last January 2008-February 2010 employment downturn and is on an expansionary path (+128%).

March 2015 Digest article #1 (PDF) March 2015
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02/11/2015 Connecticut Labor Force Data for Affirmative Action Plans - 4Q2014
Provides quarterly labor force information for Connecticut and its nine labor market areas (LMAs). Includes statewide and labor market area estimates of total labor force, unemployment rates, and unemployed women and minorities. Information on the broad occupational skills of women and minority job seekers registered with the CTWorks Career Centers can also be found here.
CT Labor Force Data for Affirmative Action Plans 4Q 2014 (PDF, 490K)
4Q 2014 Connecticut Labor Force Data for Affirmative Action Excel
4Q 2014
02/03/2015 February 2015 Connecticut Economic Digest February 2015 CT Economic Digest (PDF, 368K) February 2015
02/03/2015 Income Inequality, Poverty, and Labor Markets - February 2015 Economic Digest article (PDF)
A large part of the current political and economic discussion and debate has been centered on the growing concentration of wealth and income over the last 30 years or so. And this trend has accelerated over the current recovery. Another issue is Poverty, a major consequence of extreme inequality. Therefore, addressing the issues of Poverty requires an understanding of the broader issue of Inequality. With that in mind, the remainder of the discussion will address the 30-year trend of rising Economic Inequality, especially in the U.S., what seems to be driving it, and its connection with labor markets. It will conclude with spotlighting a uniquely American phenomenon that exacerbates the inequality problem: Urban Sprawl.
February 2015 Digest article #1 (PDF) February 2015
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01/05/2015 January 2015 Connecticut Economic Digest January 2015 CT Economic Digest (PDF, 368K) January 2015
01/05/2015 The 2015 Economic Outlook - January 2015 Economic Digest article (PDF)
As we begin a new year, this issue of the Digest looks at the economic prospects for 2015. As usual, this annual outlook attempts to interpret recent data and their trends, and to offer some insights about what is likely for the U.S. and Connecticut economies in the year ahead.

The outlook for the U.S. economy in 2015 remains quite positive. A set-back in early 2014 resulting partially from weather-related factors that hampered overall growth was encouragingly offset by considerably stronger growth as the year progressed. Of note, Ex. for a couple of minor dips, the U.S. Gross Domestic Product (GDP) has now grown for five and a half years since the "Great Recession" ended in Q2-2009. 

January 2015Digest article #1 (PDF) January 2015
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12/18/2014 2Q2014 - Employment & Wages by Industry Covered by Unemployment Insurance - Quarterly (Statewide / LMA / WIA)
The program produces a comprehensive tabulation of employment and wage information for workers covered by Connecticut Unemployment Insurance (UI) laws and Federal workers covered by the Unemployment Compensation for Federal Employees program with three digit government data added. Data on the number of establishments, employment, and wages are reported by industry for Connecticut and Labor Market Areas.
2Q2014
12/18/2014 1Q2014 - Revised Employment & Wages by Industry Covered by Unemployment Insurance - Quarterly (Statewide / LMA / WIA)
The program produces a comprehensive tabulation of employment and wage information for workers covered by Connecticut Unemployment Insurance (UI) laws and Federal workers covered by the Unemployment Compensation for Federal Employees program with three digit government data added. Data on the number of establishments, employment, and wages are reported by industry for Connecticut and Labor Market Areas.
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12/03/2014 State of Connecticut Occupational Projections: 2012 - 2022 by Workforce Investment Areas
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12/01/2014 December 2014 Connecticut Economic Digest December 2014 CT Economic Digest (PDF, 464K) December 2014
12/01/2014 Connecticut's Work-Related Fatalities, 1992-2013 - December 2014 Economic Digest article (PDF)
"No one should have to sacrifice their life for their livelihood, because a nation built on the dignity of work must provide safe working conditions for its people." -Secretary of Labor Thomas E. Perez In 2013, work injuries claimed the lives of 4,405 workers in America. Twenty-six of those deaths occurred in Connecticut.

Since 1992, the U.S. Department of Labor's Bureau of Labor Statistics has conducted the annual Census of Fatal Occupational Injuries (CFOI) to document workplace fatalities. Connecticut averages 39 workrelated fatalities annually with a high of 57 in 1998. In 2013, Connecticut saw the lowest recorded number of 26 lost workers. This "low" number is not statistically notable and cannot be attributed to a specific cause. However, it cannot be stressed enough that what is statistically unremarkable has a devastating impact on loved ones. One workrelated death is one too many. As Dr. David Michaels, the Assistant Secretary of Labor for Occupational Safety and Health, states, "Making a living shouldn't have to cost you your life. Workplace fatalities, injuries, and illnesses are preventable. Safe jobs happen because employers make the choice to fulfill their responsibilities and protect their workers."

December 2014 Digest article #1 (PDF) December 2014
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11/12/2014 Connecticut Labor Force Data for Affirmative Action Plans - 3Q2014
Provides quarterly labor force information for Connecticut and its nine labor market areas (LMAs). Includes statewide and labor market area estimates of total labor force, unemployment rates, and unemployed women and minorities. Information on the broad occupational skills of women and minority job seekers registered with the CTWorks Career Centers can also be found here.
CT Labor Force Data for Affirmative Action Plans 3Q 2014 (PDF, 487K) 3Q 2014
11/03/2014 November 2014 Connecticut Economic Digest November 2014 CT Economic Digest (PDF, 464K) November 2014
11/03/2014 The Minimum Wage Debate: 2014 Update - November 2014 Economic Digest article (PDF)
INTRODUCTION: The Minimum Wage Debate - Back with a Vengeance The first version of this article, "The Minimum Wage Debate: The Latest Rounds", appeared in the January 1999 issue of the Connecticut Economic Digest. It was motivated by Connecticut's new minimum-wage increase that went into effect January 1, 1999. It raised the State's minimum wage to $5.65 per hour, and then to $6.15 on January 1, 2000 (or to a value that was indexed to the Federal minimum wage, whichever is greater). Although there was not much opposition in Connecticut, it did spark a national debate and some vocal Congressional opposition, when President Clinton proposed raising the Federal minimum wage. Well, it's Baaack!
November 2014 Digest article #1 (PDF) November 2014
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10/10/2014 Connecticut Career Resource Network Update
Provides individuals in the educational and occupational training communities with information on resources and upcoming events. Articles include reviews of new Web sites and books, occupational descriptions, announcements of conferences and job fairs, and other articles of interest.
Fall 2014 CT Career Resource Network Update (PDF, 350K) Fall 2014
10/01/2014 October 2014 Connecticut Economic Digest October 2014 CT Economic Digest (PDF, 464K) October 2014
10/01/2014 A Closer Look at Home Care Occupations - October 2014 Economic Digest article (PDF)
Every two years, the Connecticut Department of Labor produces long-term occupational projections. The 2012-2022 projections show that two of the fastest growing occupations in terms of percent and net change come from the Home Health Care industry. The fastest growing occupation in Connecticut in the ten-year timeframe by net change is projected to be Personal Care Aides with a growth of 38.1 percent and 8,846 jobs. Nearby on the list of fastest growing occupations in Connecticut is Home Health Aides with a projected growth rate of 38.1% and 3,195 jobs from 2012 to 2022.1 The rise in these two occupations warrants a closer look at what each of them entails.
October 2014 Digest article #1 (PDF) October 2014
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9/22/2014 State of Connecticut Occupational Projections: 2012-2022
Total employment in Connecticut is expected to increase by more than 11,332 or 8.6% over the 10-year period 2012 and 2022. Also find Occupations Ranked by Total Openings, Occupations Ranked by Growth Rate and Education
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9/22/2014 State of Connecticut Projections by Major Groups: 2012-2022
Current and Projected Employment by Major Occupational Groups.
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9/22/2014 State of Connecticut Industry Projections: 2012-2022
Current and Projected Employment by Industry.
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9/02/2014 October 2014 Connecticut Economic Digest October 2014 CT Economic Digest (PDF, 420K) October 2014
9/02/2014 Long Term Industry and Occupational Projections: 2012-2022 - October 2014 Economic Digest article (PDF)
Every two years the Connecticut Department of Labor produces and publishes ten year projections by industry and occupation. This year's projections cover the period 2012-2022, which invites a comparison to the previous ten year period.
October 2014 Digest article #1 (PDF) October 2014
9/02/2014 Connecticut Occupational Employment & Wages - 2014
Provides accurate and meaningful wage information to employers, job seekers, counselors, students, planners of vocational education programs, economic developers, Regional Workforce Development Boards, and others.
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8/14/2014 Connecticut Labor Force Data for Affirmative Action Plans - 2Q2014
Provides quarterly labor force information for Connecticut and its nine labor market areas (LMAs). Includes statewide and labor market area estimates of total labor force, unemployment rates, and unemployed women and minorities. Information on the broad occupational skills of women and minority job seekers registered with the CTWorks Career Centers can also be found here.
CT Labor Force Data for Affirmative Action Plans 2Q 2014 (PDF, 500K) 2Q 2014
8/01/2014 August 2014 Connecticut Economic Digest August 2014 CT Economic Digest (PDF, 420K) August 2014
8/01/2014 Covered Employment and Wages: A 2013 Annual Review. - August 2014 Economic Digest article #1 (PDF)
The number of workers in Connecticut covered by Unemployment Insurance (UI)increased by 0.7 percent during 2013, according to most recent data published from the Quarterly Census of Employment and Wages (QCEW) program. This increase built upon the 1.0 percent increase in both 2012 and 2011. Total private industry employment, constituting 85.7 percent of the State's employment total [little changed from 2012's 85.5], increased by 1.0 percent. Government employment decreased by 0.5 percent over the year.
August 2014 Digest article #1 (PDF) August 2014
8/01/2014 Occupational Profile: Mechanical Engineers. - August 2014 Economic Digest article #2 (PDF)
Mechanical Engineers work in a variety of industries developing, building and testing mechanical and thermal devices, including tools, engines and other machines. Mechanical Engineers typically work in an office environment but occasionally travel into the field to inspect or fix equipment. They need at least a bachelor's degree and a graduate degree may be required for management. Mechanical Engineers must be licensed if they sell their services publicly. (Occupational Outlook Handbook)
August 2014 Digest article #2 (PDF) August 2014
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7/01/2014 July 2014 Connecticut Economic Digest July 2014 CT Economic Digest (PDF, 404K) July 2014
7/01/2014 State Housing Market Continued its Recovery in 2013 - July 2014 Economic Digest article #1 (PDF)
Connecticut's housing market continued on the path to recovery in 2013 with many economic indicators posting strong gains over the prior year. In this article, we will examine the state's housing industry and factors that led to stronger housing performance in 2013, most notably permits rising to pre-recession levels.
July 2014 Digest article #1 (PDF) July 2014
7/01/2014 75 years of state monthly nonfarm employment statistics - July 2014 Economic Digest article #2 (PDF)
In the beginning tate and national nonfarm industry employment statistics officially begin their time-series in 1939 just before the start of World War II. More expanded reports on state and national employment, however, were already being called for by the late 1800's because of rapid industrialization, and during the Great Depression for more national economic planning to emerge from that lasting downturn. By 1940, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) moved to consolidate much of the work already being performed by federal statistical agencies, cooperating state research bureaus, and statistical and industrial societies for war planning purposes before WWII and began producing a national nonagricultural employment series for all 48 states, just as the US was preparing for war. This may have facilitated the redirection and awareness of industrial planning during and after the second world war across the country especially as the GI's returned home looking for jobs - ready with pent-up demand. (Most of the state data development, firm sampling, and nonfarm employment estimation work were performed in each individual state from about 1947 until recently - 2011. States still are a big part of the process.)
July 2014 Digest article #2 (PDF) July 2014
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6/17/2014 2013 Covered Employment and Wages by Industry - Annual Averages (Statewide / County / LMA / WIA / Town)
Employment and wage information for workers covered by Connecticut Unemployment Insurance (UI) laws and Federal workers covered by the Unemployment Compensation for Federal Employees (UCFE) program.(three digit government data added)
2013
6/17/2014 2013 Worksites by Size Class
Worksites is a count of firms, excluding government, that have only one location, plus a count of each location of firms that have operations in more than one location. The sum of the substate areas is less than the statewide total because some multi-location firms and others that don't have a physical location are coded as statewide and therefore have no substate area designation.
2013
6/17/2014 4Q2013 - Employment & Wages by Industry Covered by Unemployment Insurance - Quarterly (Statewide / LMA / WIA)
The program produces a comprehensive tabulation of employment and wage information for workers covered by Connecticut Unemployment Insurance (UI) laws and Federal workers covered by the Unemployment Compensation for Federal Employees program with three digit government data added. Data on the number of establishments, employment, and wages are reported by industry for Connecticut and Labor Market Areas.
4Q2013
6/02/2014 June 2014 Connecticut Economic Digest June 2014 CT Economic Digest (PDF, 429K) June 2014
6/02/2014 Connecticut Exports: 2013 in Review - June 2014 Economic Digest article (PDF)
In April 2014, the U.S. economy added 288,000 jobs and the unemployment rate (UR) fell by 0.4 percentage points, to its lowest level in five years, and the numbers for February and March were revised upward. However, after increasing in March, 806,000 left the labor force in April, making a shrinking labor force the principal reason for the declining UR. And the first estimate of U.S. GDP for 2014Q12 showed that U.S. economic growth rapidly decelerated. Many have pointed to the harsh winter weather as the principal culprit, and expect that the April jobs report indicates that the U.S. economy will bounce back in the second quarter. But is it just the weather?
June 2014 Digest (PDF) June 2014
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5/14/2014 Connecticut Labor Force Data for Affirmative Action Plans - 1Q2014
Provides quarterly labor force information for Connecticut and its nine labor market areas (LMAs). Includes statewide and labor market area estimates of total labor force, unemployment rates, and unemployed women and minorities. Information on the broad occupational skills of women and minority job seekers registered with the CTWorks Career Centers can also be found here.
CT Labor Force Data for Affirmative Action Plans 1Q 2014 (PDF, 480K) 1Q 2014
5/01/2014 June 2014 Connecticut Economic Digest June 2014 CT Economic Digest (PDF, 417K) June 2014
5/01/2014 Connecticut Exports: 2013 in Review - June 2014 Economic Digest article (PDF)
The Connecticut Economic Digest last tackled the topic of part-time employment in 1997. Therein it asked "are these newly created jobs mostly part-time (1 to 34 hours), with relatively low paying wages?" The tepid post-recession recovery we are currently experiencing has many people asking those same questions again. Fortunately, data availability has improved since the 1990s and this article will highlight state-level measures of earnings and hours worked to help answer those questions about the Connecticut economy.
June 2014 Digest (PDF) June 2014
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4/01/2014 April 2014 Connecticut Economic Digest April 2014 CT Economic Digest (PDF, 404K) April 2014
4/01/2014 Connecticut Exports: 2013 in Review - April 2014 Economic Digest article #1 (PDF)
To assess Connecticut's export status, The Connecticut Economic Digest conducts an annual review of the state's export performance. Exports are a significant contributor to the state's economy - they support and create jobs and spur economic growth. In 2013, Connecticut's commodity exports totaled $16.47 billion, a 3.23% increase from the $15.96 billion registered in 2012. Connecticut was one of 16 states to achieve a new record for exports in 2013, which helped drive the United States to overall record-setting 2013 exports. Since the 2010 launch of President Obama's "National Export Initiative" (NEI), the U.S. has experienced four consecutive years of record exports. Given the correlation between exports and jobs, and that 95% of potential consumers live abroad, trade expansion and increased exports are vital to economic development.
April 2014 Digest article #1 (PDF) April 2014
4/01/2014 Occupational Profile: Dentist Hygienists  - April 2014 Economic Digest article #2 (PDF)
Dental hygienists clean teeth, examine patients for signs of oral diseases such as gingivitis, take x-rays, and provide other preventative dental care. They remove tartar and plaque and apply sealants and fluorides to help protect teeth. Educating patients on ways to improve and maintain good oral health is also an important part of this profession. Dental hygienists typically need an associate's degree in dental hygiene. Bachelor's degrees in dental hygiene are also available, but are less common. A bachelor's or master's degree is usually required for research, teaching, or clinical practice in public or school health programs. Every state requires dental hygienists to be licensed; requirements vary by state. Licensure requirements in most states include a degree from an accredited dental hygiene program and passing grades on written and practical examinations. 
April 2014 Digest article #2 (PDF) April 2014
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3/25/2014 3Q2013 - Employment & Wages by Industry Covered by Unemployment Insurance - Quarterly (Statewide / LMA / WIA)
The program produces a comprehensive tabulation of employment and wage information for workers covered by Connecticut Unemployment Insurance (UI) laws and Federal workers covered by the Unemployment Compensation for Federal Employees program with three digit government data added. Data on the number of establishments, employment, and wages are reported by industry for Connecticut and Labor Market Areas.
3Q2013
3/25/2014 Revised 2Q2013 - Employment & Wages by Industry Covered by Unemployment Insurance - Quarterly (Statewide / LMA / WIA)
The program produces a comprehensive tabulation of employment and wage information for workers covered by Connecticut Unemployment Insurance (UI) laws and Federal workers covered by the Unemployment Compensation for Federal Employees program with three digit government data added. Data on the number of establishments, employment, and wages are reported by industry for Connecticut and Labor Market Areas.
Revised 2Q2013
3/21/2014 March 2014 Connecticut Economic Digest March 2014 CT Economic Digest (PDF, 335K) March 2014
3/21/2014 2013: Another Year of Modest Economic Recovery - March 2014 Economic Digest article (PDF)
Last year was another year of modest economic recovery in Connecticut, with many economic indicators, including employment and unemployment, pointing in positive directions. After our annual revision, Connecticut gained 14,300 jobs (+0.9%) in 2013, which was essentially the same pace as in 2012. The unemployment rate fell further to 7.8%. During the March 2008-February 2010 recession, Connecticut lost 119,100 jobs, of which half are now recovered. By comparison, the nation has now regained nearly all of the jobs lost (90.1%) in its last January 2008-February 2010 employment downturn
March 2014 Digest article (PDF) March 2014
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2/11/2014 Connecticut Labor Force Data for Affirmative Action Plans - 4Q2013
Provides quarterly labor force information for Connecticut and its nine labor market areas (LMAs). Includes statewide and labor market area estimates of total labor force, unemployment rates, and unemployed women and minorities. Information on the broad occupational skills of women and minority job seekers registered with the CTWorks Career Centers can also be found here.
CT Labor Force Data for Affirmative Action Plans 4Q 2013 (PDF, 605K) 4Q 2013
2/03/2014 February 2014 Connecticut Economic Digest February 2014 CT Economic Digest (PDF, 335K) February 2014
2/03/2014 A Look Back at Connecticut's (Exhausted) UI Claimants - February 2014 Economic Digest article #1 (PDF)
Over three and a half years since the end of the Great Recession, Connecticut's unemployment rate remains persistently high. Nationally, long term unemployment as a share of total unemployment at 37.3% is down from its 2010 peak of 45%, but still much higher than prerecession levels. Who are these long-term unemployed? How many have returned to the job market and with what success? This article attempts to shed light on these and other questions.
February 2014 Digest article #1(PDF) February 2014
2/03/2014 Occupational Profile: Personal Financial Advisors - February 2014 Economic Digest article #2 (PDF)
Personal financial advisors give financial advice to people. They help with investments, taxes, and insurance decisions. A bachelor's degree is required for an entry level position, but a master's degree and certification increases chances for advancement and a higher level of pay. While most financial advisors work out of an office, nearly 25 percent of personal financial advisors were self employed in 2010. Their schedules often involve evening or weekend meetings with clients. They may also attend conferences and conduct classes in financial planning. With a high percentage of baby boomers nearing retirement there is a strong demand for this type of service. People are having to take more responsibility for their own financial planning as the funding for pensions has decreased, thus increasing the need for this type of service.
February 2014 Digest article #2(PDF) February 2014
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1/06/2014 Current/Future Charts and Trends:2001-2013 Connecticut Economic Scorecard Update
A group of indicators known as Business or Economic Indicators are composites constructed by combining several different time-series to produce a single number that provides an indication of the overall, broad activity in the economy. Two major groups of business, or economic, indicators are available: a group that measures the current state of the economy, and a group that indicates where the economy may be going in the near future. See the levels, changes from the previous period, helpful graphs, year-to-year changes and downloadable data for the years 2000-2013.
3Q 2013 CT Economic Current/Future Trends (PDF) 2000 - 2013
1/06/2014 January 2014 Connecticut Economic Digest January 2014 CT Economic Digest (PDF, 346K) January 2014
1/06/2014 The 2014 Economic Outlook. - January 2014 Economic Digest article (PDF)
As is customary at the beginning of the year, this issue of the Digest looks at the economic prospects for 2014. This outlook attempts to interpret recent data and their trends, and to offer some insights about what they mean for the U.S. and Connecticut economies in the year ahead.

The outlook for the U.S. economy is reasonably optimistic pending a positive resolution of two fiscal deadlines that loom early in the year, notably the January 15, 2014 end of the continuing resolution funding of the federal government, and the February 7, 2014 end of the nation's borrowing authority. A short-term slowdown in Q4-2013 resulting from the partial government shutdown in October is likely only temporary.

January 2014 Digest article (PDF) January 2014
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12/17/2013 2Q2013 - Employment & Wages by Industry Covered by Unemployment Insurance - Quarterly (Statewide / LMA / WIA)
The program produces a comprehensive tabulation of employment and wage information for workers covered by Connecticut Unemployment Insurance (UI) laws and Federal workers covered by the Unemployment Compensation for Federal Employees program with three digit government data added. Data on the number of establishments, employment, and wages are reported by industry for Connecticut and Labor Market Areas.
2Q2013
12/02/2013 November / December 2013 Connecticut Economic Digest
Note: The November and December issues are combined as a result of the federal government shutdown.
November / December CT Economic Digest (PDF, 346K) Nov/Dec 2013
12/02/2013 Where We Work: Connecticut's Commuting Patterns - December 2013 Economic Digest article #1 (PDF)
According to the American Community Survey conducted every year by the U.S. Census Bureau, on average, over the 2006-10 period, 1,713,272 Connecticut residents commuted to their jobs every workday. From Table 1, 1,618,120 of those Connecticut residents commuted to jobs within Connecticut, while 107,976 commuted to jobs at worksites outside Connecticut. In addition to the Connecticut residents who commuted to their jobs within the state, another 95,152 workers from surrounding states commuted to their jobs at worksites in Connecticut. The net result is that Connecticut exports 12,824 more workers to the surrounding states than it imports form the surrounding states. That makes Connecticut a net exporter of workers.
December 2013 Digest article #1 (PDF) December 2013
12/02/2013 Occupational Profile: Physician Assistants - December 2013 Economic Digest article #2 (PDF)
Physician assistants, also known as PAs, practice medicine under the direction of physicians and surgeons. They are formally trained to examine patients, diagnose injuries and illnesses, and provide treatment. According to the American Academy of Physician Assistants, the Physician Assistant (PA) profession was created to improve and expand healthcare. "In the mid-1960s, physicians and educators recognized there was a shortage of primary care physicians. To remedy this, Eugene A. Stead Jr., MD, of the Duke University Medical Center put together the first class of PAs in 1965. He selected Navy corpsmen who had received considerable medical training during their military service and based the curriculum on his knowledge of the fast-track training of doctors during World War II." 
December 2013 Digest article #2 (PDF) December 2013
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11/22/2013 Connecticut Labor Force Data for Affirmative Action Plans - 3Q2013
Provides quarterly labor force information for Connecticut and its nine labor market areas (LMAs). Includes statewide and labor market area estimates of total labor force, unemployment rates, and unemployed women and minorities. Information on the broad occupational skills of women and minority job seekers registered with the CTWorks Career Centers can also be found here.
CT Labor Force Data for Affirmative Action Plans 3Q 2013 (PDF, 487K) 3Q 2013
11/18/2013 1Q2013 - Employment & Wages by Industry Covered by Unemployment Insurance - Quarterly (Statewide / LMA / WIA)
The program produces a comprehensive tabulation of employment and wage information for workers covered by Connecticut Unemployment Insurance (UI) laws and Federal workers covered by the Unemployment Compensation for Federal Employees program with three digit government data added. Data on the number of establishments, employment, and wages are reported by industry for Connecticut and Labor Market Areas.
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10/28/2013 Revised 2013 LMI Release Dates
Due to impacts from the recent Federal government shutdown the timing of scheduled Connecticut employment data releases and publications for October and October have been changed. The revised schedule is as follows:
  • The October preliminary data release for Connecticut payroll jobs, hours & wages, and local area unemployment statistics – originally scheduled for October 21 was cancelled.
  • The October final data release for payroll jobs, hours & wages and local area unemployment statistics will occur on November 21.
  • The October preliminary data release for payroll jobs, hours & wages and local area unemployment statistics will occur on November 21 concurrent with the delayed October release.
  • Connecticut sub state preliminary October local area unemployment statistics will be released on November 22.
  • The November issue of the Connecticut Economic Digest will be combined with the December issue and released on December 2, 2013.
Revised 2013 LMI Release Dates October 2013

October 2013

10/10/2013 2013 Information Workforce Investment Planning
Contains a variety of data on Connecticut and each of the state’s five Workforce Investment Areas including population and population density, labor force, employment and wages by industry sector, and new housing permits. In addition, detailed information on residents in need of workforce investment services such as high school dropouts, Medicaid recipients, adult probationers, Temporary Family Assistance (TFA) recipients, and other residents with barriers to employment is included. New this year is information on commuting patterns, long-term unemployment insurance claimants, and a work area profile for each WIA.
2013
10/01/2013 October 2013 Connecticut Economic Digest October 2013 CT Economic Digest (PDF, 344K) October 2013
10/01/2013 The Monthly Snapshot Is Not the Whole Picture - October 2013 Economic Digest article #1 (PDF)
Labor markets are more dynamic than revealed in the monthly tallies of changes in employment levels. Two additional sets of indicators – the Business Employment Dynamics (BED) and the Quarterly Workforce Indicators (QWI) help illuminate the workings of the economy and labor market. Each month, the Department of Labor reports a snapshot of current employment which can be compared to the level of employment in a previous period, for example the previous year or the previous month. As the table at the top of page 6 shows, in August Connecticut employment fell by 6,000 jobs from July but increased 15,400 from August 2012.
October 2013 Digest article #1 (PDF) October 2013
10/01/2013 Connecticut Occupational Employment and Wages in 2013 - October 2013 Economic Digest article #1 (PDF)
The 2013 estimates from the Occupational Employment Statistics (OES) Program were recently released. The estimates show Connecticut’s total nonfarm employment at 1,620,620. The two largest occupations in the state are Retail Salespersons (50,070) and Cashiers (39,050), comprising 3.1% and 2.4% of total employment, respectively. The remaining top ten occupations are Registered Nurses; Secretaries, Ex. Legal, Medical, and Executive; General and Operations Managers; Customer Service Representatives; Waiters and Waitresses; Janitors and Cleaners, Ex. Maids and Housekeepers; Combined Food Preparation and Serving Workers, Including Fast Food; and Office Clerks, General. These occupations represent just under 20% of total employment in the state. Ninety-two percent of the employees in the ten largest occupations are employed in the private sector. The percentages range from nearly 100% private employment for Retail Salespersons to 74% for Janitors and Cleaners, Ex. Maids and Housekeeping Cleaners. The overall percentage of private employment in the state is slightly lower at 85%. 
October 2013 Digest article #2 (PDF) October 2013
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9/03/2013 October 2013 Connecticut Economic Digest October 2013 CT Economic Digest (PDF, 344K) October 2013
9/03/2013 Connecticut's Regions and the Current Recovery. - October 2013 Economic Digest article #1 (PDF)
Over the first four quarters of the current recovery, the first quarter of 2010 (2010Q1) to the first quarter of 2011 (2011Q1), based on seasonally adjusted quarterly data, Connecticut’s Non-Farm Employment grew by 1.60%, while U.S. Non-Farm jobs increased by a slower 0.99% rate. Over the second four quarters, 2011Q1 to 2012Q1, the U.S. and Connecticut traded places. Connecticut’s job-growth decelerated to 1.26%, while U.S. job-growth accelerated to +1.83%. Over the third four-quarter period of the current recovery, though the U.S. job-growth rate slowed to 1.54%, Connecticut’s job-growth nearly came to a standstill, barely increasing at a rate of 0.26%. What happened? 
October 2013 Digest article #1 (PDF) October 2013
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08/27/2013 Connecticut Occupational Employment & Wages - 2013
Provides accurate and meaningful wage information to employers, job seekers, counselors, students, planners of vocational education programs, economic developers, Regional Workforce Development Boards, and others.
1Q 2013
8/01/2013 August 2013 Connecticut Economic Digest August 2013 CT Economic Digest (PDF, 344K) August 2013
8/01/2013 Covered Employment and Wages: A 2012 Annual Review. - August 2013 Economic Digest article #1 (PDF)
The number of workers in CT covered by Unemployment Insurance (UI) increased by 1.0 percent during 2012, according to most recent data published from the Quarterly Census of Employment and Wages (QCEW) program (see table on pages 2 and 3). This increase built upon the 1.0 percent increase from 2011, as opposed to the 1.2 percent decline noted in 2010. Total private industry employment, constituting 85.5 percent of the State’s employment total [little changed from 2011’s 85.3], increased by 1.2 percent. Government employment decreased by 0.5 percent year-over-year.
August 2013 Digest article #1 (PDF) August 2013
8/01/2013 Connecticut Migration Patterns. - August 2013 Economic Digest article #2 (PDF)
Examining interstate migration patterns provides an interesting view of where new Nutmeggers are coming from and where former Connecticut residents are going. Table 1 shows the ten largest sources of Connecticut inflow migration. The bordering states of New York and Massachusetts had the largest combined share of total inflow to the state at 39 percent of total inflows. Together with the third largest inflow state of Florida, those three states totaled 45 percent of flows into Connecticut. These three states since 2005 have consistently comprised the top three inflow origins to Connecticut. Overall inflow to the state in 2011 was 73,607 new residents. From 2005 through 2011 inflow peaked in 2006 at 88,518 new residents.
August 2013 Digest article #2 (PDF) August 2013
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7/01/2013 July 2013 Connecticut Economic Digest July 2013 CT Economic Digest (PDF, 344K) July 2013
7/01/2013 State's 2012 Housing Market in Review. - July 2013 Economic Digest article #1 (PDF)
The housing market is an important sector of the economy — it creates jobs, spurs economic growth and impacts our overall quality of life. This article takes a look at many aspects of Connecticut’s housing industry and the factors that led to modest housing growth in 2012, despite the fact that permits did not reach prerecession levels.
July 2013 Digest article #1 (PDF) July 2013
7/01/2013 Every Time is Different, But This One is Really Different. - July 2013 Economic Digest article #2 (PDF)
No two business cycles are alike, but at least since the 1990’s it had become conventional wisdom that recessions in Connecticut would last longer and see much larger job drops than the nation as a whole. This was certainly true of the recessions of 1990 and 2001, but that story didn’t hold for the recession that hit Connecticut in 2008.
July 2013 Digest article #2 (PDF) July 2013
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6/10/2013 Connecticut Career Paths: 2013
Your personal guide to career decision-making. This publication was created to provide the information needed to help learners, from youth to adults, make informed decisions about their career choice and preparation. While career development is particularly important for young people, individuals of all ages need access to information and guidance on careers. New technologies, heightened global competition, and the information revolution are transforming the nature of work and careers. Individuals must have access to accurate and timely information so that they may become fully involved in their career choices.
Connecticut Career Paths: 2013 (PDF, 1.9M) 2013
6/03/2013 June 2013 Connecticut Economic Digest June 2013 CT Economic Digest (PDF, 402K) June 2013
6/03/2013 Turning Point, Inflection Point, or More of the Same? The Outlook to 2014Q4. - June 2013 Economic Digest article #1 (PDF)
As of 2013Q1, Connecticut has been in recovery for 12 quarters, or three years. This recovery followed the first collapse of housing and credit bubbles since the 1920’s, and the first systemic banking panic since the 1930’s. In addition, after the financial system bailout in late 2008 and passage of the stimulus package in early 2009, austerity has won the day, in both in the U.S. and Europe. Consequently, this cycle, including the current recovery, has behaved differently than even other Post Cold War cycles which have been much weaker than other Post World War II Era recoveries.
June 2013 Digest article #1 (PDF) June 2013
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5/30/2013 2012 Covered Employment and Wages by Industry - Annual Averages (Statewide / County / LMA / WIA / Town)
Employment and wage information for workers covered by Connecticut Unemployment Insurance (UI) laws and Federal workers covered by the Unemployment Compensation for Federal Employees (UCFE) program.(three digit government data added)
2012
05/30/2013 4Q2012 - Employment & Wages by Industry Covered by Unemployment Insurance - Quarterly (Statewide / LMA / WIA)
The program produces a comprehensive tabulation of employment and wage information for workers covered by Connecticut Unemployment Insurance (UI) laws and Federal workers covered by the Unemployment Compensation for Federal Employees program with three digit government data added. Data on the number of establishments, employment, and wages are reported by industry for Connecticut and Labor Market Areas.
4Q2012 / 3Q2012
5/15/2013 Connecticut Labor Force Data for Affirmative Action Plans - 1Q2013
Provides quarterly labor force information for Connecticut and its nine labor market areas (LMAs). Includes statewide and labor market area estimates of total labor force, unemployment rates, and unemployed women and minorities. Information on the broad occupational skills of women and minority job seekers registered with the CTWorks Career Centers can also be found here.
CT Labor Force Data for Affirmative Action Plans 1Q 2013 (PDF, 418K) 1Q 2013
5/01/2013 June 2013 Connecticut Economic Digest June 2013 CT Economic Digest (PDF, 402K) June 2013
5/01/2013 Does Education Matter? - June 2013 Economic Digest article #1 (PDF)
With the varied reports on the state of the economy recently, many people are finding it difficult to tell which direction the economy is headed. The uncertainty leads many questioning their perceived notion on how to become successful in a chosen career. With increased attention on the costs of higher education coupled with the meek jobs reports, the decision to attend college may not seem worth it. However, an analysis of the most recent data available for Connecticut suggests that there is still a significant benefit to pursue higher education.
June 2013 Digest article #1 (PDF) June 2013
5/01/2013 A Profile of Mansfield, Connecticut - June 2013 Economic Digest article #2 (PDF)
Situated 23 miles from Hartford in the rolling countryside of eastern Connecticut, Mansfield has grown from a quaint farming community to become the home of a major university. The town was incorporated in 1702 by settlers from nearby Norwich and encompasses about 45 square miles. Early industries included agriculture and textile manufacturing. The town led the U.S. in silk production in the early 19th century. The 1881 formation of the Storrs Agricultural School that later became the University of Connecticut established education as a primary industry for the town. A majority of Mansfield’s employment occurs in and around the UConn campus in the Storrs section of town and the recent Storrs Center commercial development seeks to further invigorate the local economy.
June 2013 Digest article #2 (PDF) June 2013
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4/04/2013 April 2013 Connecticut Economic Digest April 2013 CT Economic Digest (PDF, 402K) April 2013
4/04/2013 Connecticut's Modest Economic Recovery Continues in 2012 - April 2013 Economic Digest article #1 (PDF)
Each year The Digest takes a look at Connecticut’s annual export performance. Exports are an important contributor to the state’s economy, create jobs and spur economic growth. In 2012, Connecticut’s commodity exports totaled $15.86 billion, a slight 2.14% decline from the $16.21 billion recorded in 2011. These commodity exports represent approximately 7% of Connecticut’s gross state product (state GSP), up from 4.9% of state GSP just ten years earlier in 2002.
April 2013 Digest article #1 (PDF) April 2013
4/04/2013 A Look at Phil Fed’s Coincident and Leading Indexes - April 2013 Economic Digest article #2 (PDF)
State Coincident Indexes. The Federal Reserve Bank of Philadelphia produces a monthly coincident index for each of the 50 states and the nation, and it combines four state-level indicators, nonfarm payroll employment, average hours worked in manufacturing, the unemployment rate, and wage and salary disbursements deflated by the consumer price index (U.S. city average) to summarize current economic conditions in a single statistic. The trend for each state’s index is set to the trend of its gross domestic product (GDP), so longterm growth in the state’s index matches long-term growth in its GDP.
April 2013 Digest article #2 (PDF) April 2013
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3/21/2013 March 2013 Connecticut Economic Digest March 2013 CT Economic Digest (PDF, 402K) March 2013
3/21/2013 Connecticut's Modest Economic Recovery Continues in 2012. - March 2013 Economic Digest article #1 (PDF)
Many of the Connecticut economic indicators have shown signs of a continuation of a modest economic recovery last year. After our annual revision, Connecticut’s employment grew faster than originally estimated, keeping pace with the trend of 2011. Initial December 2012 employment estimate, for instance, was 100 lower than the December 2011 level. But it turns out that we actually had a gain of 8,600 jobs over the same period. And this year is off to a good start with a 4,700 job gain (+0.3%) in January, which is 8,000 more than a year ago. In fact, January’s 1,644,400 is the new high in this recovery. Unemployment rate also has been falling steadily in the last five months to 8.1% in January 2013, which is below last year’s 8.2%.
March 2013 Digest article (PDF) March 2013
03/20/2013 3Q2012 - Employment & Wages by Industry Covered by Unemployment Insurance - Quarterly (Statewide / LMA / WIA)
The program produces a comprehensive tabulation of employment and wage information for workers covered by Connecticut Unemployment Insurance (UI) laws and Federal workers covered by the Unemployment Compensation for Federal Employees program with three digit government data added. Data on the number of establishments, employment, and wages are reported by industry for Connecticut and Labor Market Areas.
3Q2012 / 2Q2012
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2/19/2013 2012 Information Workforce Investment Planning
Contains a variety of data on Connecticut and each of the state’s five Workforce Investment Areas including population and population density, labor force, employment and wages by industry sector, and new housing permits. In addition, detailed information on residents in need of workforce investment services such as high school dropouts, Medicaid recipients, adult probationers, Temporary Family Assistance (TFA) recipients, and other residents with barriers to employment is included. New this year is information on commuting patterns, long-term unemployment insurance claimants, and a work area profile for each WIA.
2012
2/01/2013 February 2013 Connecticut Economic Digest February 2013 CT Economic Digest (PDF, 402K) February 2013
2/01/2013 Connecticut's Private Sector Hours and Earnings: Working to Get Back to Normal. - February 2013 Economic Digest article #1 (PDF)
In 2007, just prior to the start of the “Great Recession,” the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) released a new series tracking hours and earnings for all private workers. The data are available for the U.S. and states for the aggregated private sector and major private industry divisions.

The series was developed because the traditional production worker hours and earnings estimates, produced since 1939 for war planning purposes in the goods-producing industries (construction and manufacturing), no longer captured the U.S. economy. Service-providing sectors were now adding the greater part of the new jobs and output in the globalized 21st century. The monthly estimates (average hourly length of the private sector workweek, average hourly private pay rates, and the average weekly private earnings) are samplebased, and have not yet been officially seasonally adjusted by the BLS. A total private level only estimate (no industry supersectors) is also being calculated for Connecticut’s six BLS-recognized labor market areas (LMAs). The new all employee private payroll data, after several years of availability, are starting to give some useful approximations of general workforce trends in the states.

February 2013 Digest article (PDF) February 2013
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01/23/2013 Current Conditions and Outlook for the U.S. and Connecticut Economies: 2011-2013
The outlook for the U.S. and Connecticut economies for 2012 and 2013, which is prepared by the Office of Research, Connecticut Labor Department (CTDOL). After review by a panel of economists from academia, business, non-profits, and government, the U.S. and Connecticut outlooks are revised, updated, and then used as the basis for setting the assumptions for the next round of Short-Term Connecticut, Industry-Employment Forecasts.
Current Conditions and Outlook for the U.S. and Connecticut Economies: 2011-2013 PDF 2011-13
1/02/2013 January 2013 Connecticut Economic Digest January 2013 CT Economic Digest (PDF, 402K) January 2013
1/02/2013 The 2013 Economic Outlook. - January 2013 Economic Digest article #1 (PDF)
The outlook for the U.S. economy is improving. Real Gross Domestic Product (RGDP) has grown for three and a half years since the “Great Recession” ended in Q2-2009. The constant dollar value of all goods and services produced by labor and capital located in the U.S. since then has averaged 2.2% at an annual rate from the preceding quarter (Figure 1). Decreasing by 3.1% in 2009, growing 2.4% in 2010, 1.8% in 2011, and an estimated 3.1% in Q3-2012, RGDP growth of 1.8% to 2.4% is likely in 2013. The New England Economic Partnership (NEEP), a consortium of government, business, and academia, in its proprietary forecast sees RGDP growth at 2.4% in 2013. The National Association of Business Economists (NABE) outlook panel sees 2.4% growth in 2013.
January 2013 Digest article (PDF) January 2013
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2012
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12/20/2012 What's Hot! What's Not! - State of Connecticut Occupations in Demand
This tool can provide some insight into the current employment trends in Connecticut. Occupational employment projections give a broad view of future employment conditions. They show job growth and decline in various occupations over the entire decade; they do not intend to imply a smooth trend between the start and end of this period.
2010 - 2020
12/03/2012 December 2012 Connecticut Economic Digest December 2012 CT Economic Digest (PDF, 402K) December 2012
12/03/2012 Job Polarization in Connecticut. - December 2012 Economic Digest article #1 (PDF)
In recent months, much has been written of the hollowing out of the middle class during the recovery. A New York Times article partially attributes this to longterm trends of automation and globalization that cause a polarization of labor to high and low wage employment. The same article extensively reports on the findings by The National Employment Law Project (NELP). Their work analyzed nationwide Current Population Survey (CPS) data and found middle wage jobs incurred a majority of job losses during the recession, while lowwage jobs experienced a majority of post-recession job growth. The report also found the share of high wage job losses and subsequent gains to be 19 and 20 percent.
December 2012 Digest article #1 (PDF) December 2012
12/03/2012 A Look at the Help Wanted OnLine Data Series. - December 2012 Economic Digest article #2 (PDF)
Gone are the days when the most effective and utilized job search method was to open up your local newspaper. The use of online databases by job seekers has become much more prevalent in recent years. In an effort to reflect this reality, the Conference Board replaced its Help Wanted newspaper employment index with the Help Wanted OnLine Data Series (HWOL) in 2005. The series can be used for a variety of purposes, but its strengths may lie as an indicator of job demand as represented by employment vacancies and as a leading indicator of potential shifts in actual employment levels.
December 2012 Digest article #2 (PDF) December 2012
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11/20/2012 2Q2012 - Employment & Wages by Industry Covered by Unemployment Insurance - Quarterly (Statewide / LMA / WIA)
The program produces a comprehensive tabulation of employment and wage information for workers covered by Connecticut Unemployment Insurance (UI) laws and Federal workers covered by the Unemployment Compensation for Federal Employees program with three digit government data added. Data on the number of establishments, employment, and wages are reported by industry for Connecticut and Labor Market Areas.
2Q2012 / 1Q2012
11/13/2012 State of Connecticut Occupational Projections: 2010-2020
Total employment in Connecticut is expected to increase by more than 168,000 or 9.6% over the 10-year period 2010 and 2020. Also find Occupations Ranked by Total Openings, Occupations Ranked by Growth Rate and "Hot Jobs".
2010 - 2020
11/13/2012 State of Connecticut "Green Job" Projections: 2010-2020
The green economy will cause a change in occupations' employment demand or work and worker requirements such as tasks, skills, knowledge, and credentials. The National Center for O*NET Development's research on the green economy was conducted at the occupation level.
2010 - 2020
11/13/2012 State of Connecticut Occupational Projections by Major Occupational Groups: 2010-2020
Current and Projected Employment by Major Occupational Groups.
2010 - 2020
11/13/2012 State of Connecticut Industry Projections: 2010-2020
Current and Projected Employment by Major Industry Groups.
2010 - 2020
11/08/2012 Current/Future Overall Sectors: 2Q 2012 Connecticut Economic Scorecard Update
The current-conditions group of indicators includes the Employment-Coincident Index, the General Drift Indicator-Coincident, and the Farmington Bank Business Barometer. In addition, there are two composite indicators that signal the near-future direction of the economy: Employment-Leading Index and the General Drift Indicator-Leading.
2Q 2012
11/01/2012 Local Area Unemployment Statistics: A Primer - November 2012 Economic Digest article (PDF)
Unexpected movements in recent unemployment rate numbers surprised and puzzled many data users in the state. While sometimes no plausible explanations can readily be found behind these statistics, the unemployment rate has been and is undoubtedly one of the most important economic indicators in Connecticut and the nation that cannot simply be ignored or dismissed. So do you ever wonder how the unemployment rate is calculated for Connecticut? How about for all nine labor market areas and for all 169 cities and towns? Given the intense focus on Connecticut’s unemployment rate the last few months, it is worth spending time to build a common understanding of how the rate is determined.
November 2012 Digest article (PDF) November 2012
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10/01/2012 October 2012 Connecticut Economic Digest October 2012 CT Economic Digest (PDF, 402K) October 2012
10/01/2012 Connecticut and the Housing Bust: A Tale of Two Bubbles - October 2012 Economic Digest article (PDF)
On July 18, 2012, the Center for Real Estate and Urban Economic Studies (CREUES) at the University of Connecticut released their study in which they found signs of stabilizing housing prices after more than a year of declines. They found that over the previous year prices had stabilized or increased throughout most of Connecticut’s markets, and that those areas with declines also showed improvement with smaller drops. Nationally, in their 2012 report released in June, the Joint Center for Housing Studies of Harvard University stated:

After several false starts, there is reason to believe that 2012 will mark the beginning of a true housing market recovery. Sustained employment growth remains key, providing the stimulus for stronger household growth and bringing relief to some distressed homeowners. They went on to caution: While gaining ground, the homeowner market still faces multiple challenges. If the broader economy weakens in the short term, the housing rebound could again stall.

October 2012 Digest article (PDF) October 2012
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9/04/2012 October 2012 Connecticut Economic Digest October 2012 CT Economic Digest (PDF, 402K) October 2012
9/04/2012 Youth Employment Patterns Revisited - October 2012 Economic Digest article (PDF)
Last summer, the Connecticut Economic Digest published an article on youth employment in Connecticut. It used wage and Department of Motor Vehicles records to illustrate employment change by industry from the second to third quarter of 2007 and 2010. The article noted that youth employment declined at nearly three times the rate of overall Connecticut employment. This summer, the Census Quarterly Workforce Indicators (QWI) dataset has been examined to provide a more detailed and longer-term analysis of labor market changes for youths in Connecticut. The analysis provides more detail as to how the recession has affected the state’s youngest segment of the labor force and analyzes long-term trends that help indicate the direction we are heading a full 3 years into the NBER-declared recovery.
October 2012 Digest article (PDF) October 2012
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8/07/2012 Business Employment Dynamics
Provides information on the gross number of jobs gained and lost at business establishments in Connecticut. They include estimates of the number of jobs added at opening and expanding establishments and of jobs eliminated at closing and contracting establishments. Also known as job flows, these data provide a fuller understanding of the labor market dynamics underlying net employment growth that unfold over time.
4Q2011 Connecticut Business Employment Dynamics PDF 4Q 2011
8/01/2012 August 2012 Connecticut Economic Digest August 2012 CT Economic Digest (PDF, 402K) August 2012
8/01/2012 Unemployment Insurance Covered Employment and Wages: 2011 Annual Review - August 2012 Economic Digest article #1 (PDF)
The number of workers in Connecticut covered by Unemployment Insurance (UI) laws increased by 1.0 percent during 2011, according to data derived through the Quarterly Census of Employment and Wages (QCEW) program. The 2011 increase reversed the trend over the previous two years when annual average employment declined; down 1.2 percent in 2010 and 4.3 percent in 2009. Total private industry employment, accounting for 85.3 percent of the State’s employment total, increased by 1.6 percent, while government employment fell by 1.9 percent.
August 2012 Digest article #1 (PDF) August 2012
8/01/2012 Connecticut Occupational Employment and Wages in 2012 - August 2012 Economic Digest article #2 (PDF)
The recently released statistics by the Office of Research in the Connecticut Department of Labor showed that retail salespersons (50,190) and cashiers (39,640) were the occupations with the highest employment in Connecticut. These two occupations combined made up nearly 6 percent of total Connecticut employment.
August 2012 Digest article #2 (PDF) August 2012
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7/01/2012 July 2012 Connecticut Economic Digest July 2012 CT Economic Digest (PDF, 402K) July 2012
7/01/2012 State Housing Market Languished in 2011 - July 2012 Economic Digest article #1 (PDF)
The housing sector continued to be a drag on the economy through 2011 as suggested by a number of indicators, including record-low permit production and weak home sales. This article examines the 2011 housing market from several perspectives and includes some observations.
July 2012 Digest article #1 (PDF) July 2012
7/01/2012 Even in Tough Times, Education Improves Chances in Labor Market - July 2012 Economic Digest article #2 (PDF)
During graduation season, there were a number of stories in the news about the difficulty that many new college graduates are having finding employment, particularly high paying employment within a field related to their course of study. In addition, announcements by many institutions of tuition and fee increases and the debates in Washington about the interest rate changed on student loans generated media attention on the high cost of higher education. Implicit in some of this coverage is the idea that given the high cost of going to college, and the shortterm difficulty of some college graduates in the labor market, a college education might not be “worth it.” While “individual results may vary” as they say (in fact they do vary significantly), on average additional education is still associated with increased employment and higher long term earnings prospects.
July 2012 Digest article #2 (PDF) July 2012
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6/15/2012 Connecticut Occupational Employment & Wages - 2012
Provides accurate and meaningful wage information to employers, job seekers, counselors, students, planners of vocational education programs, economic developers, Regional Workforce Development Boards, and others.
1Q 2012
6/01/2012 June 2012 Connecticut Economic Digest June 2012 CT Economic Digest (PDF) June 2012
6/01/2012 Drag Forces From Balance Sheet Recession Still Constrain Growth: The Employment Outlook to 2013 - June 2012 Digest article (PDF)
Drag is the aerodynamic force that opposes an aircraft’s motion through the air. If for our analogy, we cast the aircraft as the economy, then the drag force on the economy is the $16.4 trillion collapse in net worth of U.S. households between 2007Q2 and 2009Q1. As of the fourth quarter of 2011, U.S. household net worth was still down $8.4 trillion from its peak. Further, the net worth of non-incorporated businesses was still down $2 trillion from its peak, also in 2007Q2. As noted in The Outlook to 2012, the recent downturn was no “ordinary” recession, and this is not a “normal” recovery. This recovery not only followed a financial panic, but also the first popping of asset bubbles in housing and the stock market, in conjunction with unsustainable levels of household debt since the 1920s. This wiped out the net worth of a significant number of households, as well as unincorporated businesses, leaving in its wake what has been called a Balance Sheet Recession. Balance sheet recessions are steeper and last longer than nonbalance sheet recessions, and they are followed by weaker recoveries5 as households reduce their spending and pay down debt to repair their net worth.
June 2012 Digest article (PDF) June 2012
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5/30/2012 2011 Covered Employment and Wages by Industry - Annual Averages (Statewide / County / LMA / WIA / Town)
Employment and wage information for workers covered by Connecticut Unemployment Insurance (UI) laws and Federal workers covered by the Unemployment Compensation for Federal Employees (UCFE) program.(three digit government data added)
2011
5/30/2012 2011 Worksites by Size Class
Worksites is a count of firms, excluding government, that have only one location, plus a count of each location of firms that have operations in more than one location. The sum of the substate areas is less than the statewide total because some multi-location firms and others that don't have a physical location are coded as statewide and therefore have no substate area designation.
2011
5/21/2012 4Q2011 - Employment & Wages by Industry Covered by Unemployment Insurance - Quarterly (Statewide / LMA / WIA)
The program produces a comprehensive tabulation of employment and wage information for workers covered by Connecticut Unemployment Insurance (UI) laws and Federal workers covered by the Unemployment Compensation for Federal Employees program with three digit government data added. Data on the number of establishments, employment, and wages are reported by industry for Connecticut and Labor Market Areas.
4Q2011 / 3Q2011
5/01/2012 June 2012 Connecticut Economic Digest June 2012 CT Economic Digest (PDF) June 2012
5/01/2012 Is Connecticut a Small Business State? - June 2012 Economic Digest article #1 (PDF)
A widely held belief is small businesses create most of the new jobs. Given the recent recession and slow recovery, there is a lot of interest in job creation and policies to promote economic growth. Using a newly available data set from the U.S. Census, this article explores the notion of job creation by both firm age and firm size, and seeks to provide some clarity on the underlying dynamics of Connecticut’s labor market.
June 2012 Digest article (PDF) June 2012
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4/02/2012 April 2012 Connecticut Economic Digest April 2012 CT Economic Digest (PDF) April 2012
4/02/2012 Connecticut Exports: 2011 in Review - April 2012 Economic Digest article #1 (PDF)
Exports are an engine of growth and an important contributor to gross domestic product. In Connecticut, commodity exports represent approximately 7% of the gross state product (state GDP). Exports sustain and create jobs and also have a multiplier effect on the economy. Given the fact that 95% of the world’s consumers live outside the U.S., it makes sense to pursue foreign market opportunities and reach those consumers, generate new business, create jobs and spur economic growth and recovery.
April 2012 Digest article (PDF) April 2012
4/02/2012 Employment Patterns and Structural Unemployment - April 2012 Economic Digest article #2 (PDF)
The recent recession has raised the question of structural unemployment’s contribution to the stubbornly high unemployment rates that have thus far typified the recovery period. Structural change—the permanent relocation of workers from some industries to others, is a dynamic process that occurs throughout business cycles.
April 2012 Digest article (PDF) April 2012
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3/29/2012 Local Area Unemployment Statistics
The Local Area Unemployment Statistics (LAUS) program produces monthly employment, unemployment, and labor force data for Census regions and divisions, States, counties, metropolitan areas, and many cities, by place of residence.
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3/15/2012 March 2012 Connecticut Economic Digest