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  Regional Labor Market Information - State of Connecticut Last Updated: August 20, 2015
Updated Metropolitan Statistical Areeas - MSAs (NECTAs in the New England states)
Each mid-decade, the U.S. Office of Management and Budget(OMB) updates statistical area definitions (geographical composition) or labor market areas based on population and commuter patterns from the most recent decennial Census (2010). These newly delineated federal statistical arears or metropolitan statistical areas (MSAs) will be utilized going forward and will have reconstructed monthly employment data made comparable back to 1990. New England states call theses MSAs, NECTAs – for New England City and Town Areas because of the heightened importance of the city and town civil jurisdictions as opposed to counties used extensively elsewhere in the nation. The same criteria used in delineating NECTAs are used for MSAs, except that cities and towns in New England are utilized as building blocks instead of counties used by the rest of the nation.

The changes to Connecticut’s nine Labor Market Areas (LMAs) or NECTAs are less far reaching this time around as compared to the last area redefinition in 2005. Connecticut will still have the same six federally recognized statistical areas (NECTAs)) as before, but some town changes around the population core will be based on new commuter patterns. These newly defined federal statistical areas (NECTAs) still make up over 90% of the employment in the state and are comprised of the major employment center s across Connecticut. To complete the full geography of Connecticut with comparable labor statistics, the Connecticut Labor Department will continue to estimate and publish labor data for the other three (non-federal) labor market areas, including all cities and towns in the new Torrington-Northwest Labor Market Area (formerly just the Torrington LMA), the new Danielson-Northeast Labor Market Area (formerly the Willimantic-Danielson LMA), and the unchanged Enfield Labor Market Area (which is still Connecticut’s part of the Springfield, MMA-CT NECTA).

Changes in the town composition of the six newly federally recognized NECTAs include the movement of Newtown to the Danbury, CT NECTA from the Bridgeport-Stamford-Norwalk, CT NECTA. There is also the addition of three towns (Chaplin, Scotland, and Windham – formerly of the old Willimantic-Danielson LMA) to the Hartford-West Hartford-East Hartford, CT NECTA, while Middlefield, formerly in the Hartford NECTA, moves to the New Haven, CT NECTA. The Waterbury, CT NECTA adds two towns, Bethlehem and Woodbury formerly of the old Torrington LMA). Additionally, the now named Norwich-New London-Westerly, CT-RI NECTA, a cross-state NECTA, gains one town in Rhode Island, Hopkinton. As the state’s population centers have grown in economic importance, the smaller state labor markets (the new Danielson-Northeast LMA, and the new Torrington-Northwest LMA, the Enfield Labor Market Area remains unchanged) have lost towns because of stronger commuter patterns into larger major employment centers.

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Covered Employment and Wages (QCEW):Covered employment provides a quarterly count of all employees covered by Unemployment Insurance. It provides more industry and geographic detail than the CES data, but it is not as current.

Current Employment Statistics (CES):The most current estimates of nonfarm employment, hours, and earnings data by industry for the state and major metropolitan areas.

Economic Scorecards:Taken together, this group of economic indicators presents an overall picture of the current conditions in the Connecticut labor market, business climate, consumer sector and the current/future overall. Charts, trends, year-to-year changes and data for twenty-four econcomic indicators.

Education & Training Connection (ETC):Intended for use by students, teachers, counselors, job seekers, job developers, and others in need of information on education and training. It offers several search options to explore the world of Education & Training in Connecticut - find providers in your area, locate providers that offer the program or course you are interested in, or find out which programs or courses are related to the occupation you are interested in.

Employer Search:Search for Connecticut Employers by industry, geography, occupation or company name. Find the largest companies in Connecticut or search all by region, WIA, or town. Click on a company name to view more information about that employer. This employer information is provided by InfoGroup®.

Job & Career Connection (JCC):Intended for use by students, teachers, counselors, job developers, job seekers, anyone in need of information on jobs and careers. It will guide you with a step-by-step process to explore the world of work - choosing an occupation, finding appropriate education and training, and finding the right job.

Local Area Employment Statistics (LAUS):Find current and historical unemployment rates and labor force statistics by area here.

Occupational Employment & Wages (OES):Provides accurate and meaningful wage information to employers, job seekers, counselors, students, anyone in need of wage information. Employers may find the data useful as a guide in analyzing pay scales; job seekers and students could utilize the information in making employment and career decisions; program planners should be aware of employment and wage levels in determining training programs to be offered.

Occupational Projections:As a planning tool, this data will help assess how technology and growth will continue to affect our industrial make-up and the types of careers in demand over the next decade. By doing so, employment and training specialists, counselors, students, and others who need information on future employment will have the tools necessary to make informed career choices.

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