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State of Connecticut Labor Situation Last Updated: November 16, 2018
Nonfarm jobs grow by 1,500 in October; unemployment rate unchanged at 4.2% Connecticut Labor Situation - September 2018 PDF
WETHERSFIELD, November 15, 2018 - Preliminary Connecticut nonfarm job estimates from the business payroll survey administered by the US Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) show the state gained 1,500 net jobs (0.1%) in October 2018, to a level of 1,701,900, seasonally adjusted. Over the year, nonagricultural employment in the state grew by 22,300 jobs (1.3%). The September 2018 originally-released job decrease of 500 was revised down 900 jobs to a loss of 1,400 over the month. The number of the state's unemployed residents was estimated at 80,000, seasonally adjusted unchanged from September. As a result, Connecticut's October unemployment rate remained unchanged at 4.2%, seasonally adjusted. Resident employment estimates include the self-employed and residents working out of state and are determined separately from the nonfarm payroll job estimates above. None of the monthly changes in payroll job estimates or residential labor force statistics was considered statistically significant.

"A relatively quiet month in October offset losses we experienced in September," said Andy Condon, Director of the Office of Research. "Most employment supersectors are showing annual growth with the exception of the trade, information and government supersectors."

Nonfarm Jobs Detail (business establishment survey)
Private Sector grew by 1,200 (0.1%) to 1,474,100 jobs over the month in October, and added 25,700 (1.8%) seasonally-adjusted jobs over the year. The Government supersector added 300 jobs in October to a total of 227,800, with over-the-year losses now at 3,400 or -1.5%. The Government supersector includes all federal, state and local employment, including public higher education and Native American casino employment located on tribal land.

Six of the ten major industry supersectors gained employment in October, while three declined and the Construction and Mining supersector remained unchanged (0.0%, 63,500 total jobs). Financial Activities led growing sectors with 900 net new jobs (0.7%, 129,700). Professional and Business Services added 700 jobs (0.3%, 223,000) while Manufacturing (0.2%, 164,700) and Government (0.1%, 227,800) each contributed 300 new jobs. Lastly, the Educational and Health Services (0.0%, 341,900) and Information (0.3%, 30,500) supersectors each grew by100.

Once again, the Trade, Transportation & Utilities supersector led declines, shedding 400 jobs (-0.1%, 295,800). Other Services dropped 300 jobs (-0.5%, 65,500) in October while Leisure and Hospitality (-0.1%, 159,500) saw a small loss of 200.

Labor Market Information - Connecticut, Employment Sectors & United States Nonfarm Employment
Year to Year Month to Month Previous Three Months
Oct 2018 Oct 2017 Change Rate % Oct 2018 Sep 2018 Change Rate % Aug 2018 Jul 2018 Jun 2018
Graph Follow link below for more charts & data State of Connecticut Employment
go to Connecticut nonfarm employment data table Connecticut Nonfarm Employment 1,701,900 1,679,600 22,300 1.3% 1,701,900 1,700,400 1,500 0.1% 1,701,800 1,698,500 1,698,000
go to Private Sector sector data table Private Sector 1,474,100 1,448,400 25,700 1.8% 1,474,100 1,472,900 1,200 0.1% 1,474,700 1,471,000 1,470,000
Graph Follow link below for more charts & data Goods Producing Industries
go to Construction sector data table Construction 62,900 59,000 3,900 6.6% 62,900 62,900 0 0.0% 62,400 61,500 61,000
go to Manufacturing sector data table Manufacturing 164,700 160,400 4,300 2.7% 164,700 164,400 300 0.2% 164,000 163,600 163,700
Graph Follow link below for more charts & data Service Providing Industries
go to Transportation and Public Utilities sector data table Trade, Transportation and Utilities 295,800 297,400 -1,600 -0.5% 295,800 296,200 -400 -0.1% 297,100 298,100 299,300
go to Information sector data table Information 30,500 31,100 -600 -1.9% 30,500 30,400 100 0.3% 30,700 30,800 30,900
go to Financial Activities sector data table Financial Activities 129,700 127,600 2,100 1.6% 129,700 128,800 900 0.7% 127,700 127,100 127,400
go to Professional and Business Services sector data table Professional and Business Services 223,000 217,700 5,300 2.4% 223,000 222,300 700 0.3% 222,800 222,300 222,700
go to Educational and Health Services sector data table Educational and Health Services 341,900 335,400 6,500 1.9% 341,900 341,800 100 0.0% 342,800 341,400 340,800
go to Leisure and Hospitality sector data table Leisure and Hospitality 159,500 154,900 4,600 3.0% 159,500 159,700 -200 -0.1% 161,100 160,600 158,300
go to Other Services sector data table Other Services 65,500 64,300 1,200 1.9% 65,500 65,800 -300 -0.5% 65,500 65,000 65,300
go to Government sector data table Government 227,800 231,200 -3,400 -1.5% 227,800 227,500 300 0.1% 227,100 227,500 228,000
Graph Follow link below for more charts & data United States Employment
go to United States nonfarm employment data table United States Nonfarm Employment 149,750,000 147,234,000 2,516,000 1.7% 149,750,000 149,500,000 250,000 0.2% 149,382,000 149,096,000 148,931,000
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Connecticut has now recovered 90.4% (107,700 jobs) of the 119,100 seasonally adjusted jobs lost in the "Great Recession" (3/08-2/10). The job recovery is into its 104th month and the state needs an additional 11,400 net new jobs to reach an overall nonfarm employment expansion. The state's Private Sector continues its expansion from the recession and is at 114.2% (127,600) of the private sector jobs lost in that same employment downturn.

Connecticut's Recessionary Job Loss and Recovery March 2008 - October 2018
Connecticut's Recessionary Job Loss and Recovery  March 2008 - October 2018
March
2008
February
2010
October
2018
Jobs Lost Recovered
Jobs Percent
CT Nonfarm Employment 1,713.3 1,594.2 1,701.9 -119.1 107.7 90.4%
Total Private Sector 1,458.2 1,346.5 1,474.1 -111.7 127.6 114.2%
* March 2008 was employment peak. February 2010 was employment trough.    Last Updated: November 15, 2018

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Connecticut Labor Market Areas (LMAs): Four of the six LMAs seasonally adjusted by the Bureau of Labor Statistics saw job increases in October 2018 while two saw small declines. The New Haven LMA posted 1,300 net new positions (0.5%, 287,300). The Hartford-West Hartford-East Hartford LMA added 800 jobs (0.1%, 582,500), while the Norwich-New London-Westerly LMA saw an increase of 200 (0.2%, 132,600). The Danbury LMA (0.1%, 79,200) added 100 jobs to the total. The Waterbury LMA shed 300 jobs (-0.4%, 66,800) while the Bridgeport-Stamford-Norwalk LMA (-0.0%, 408,900) saw a small loss of 100 jobs.

October September August July October Over Month Over Year
Seasonally Adjusted data 2018 P 2018 R 2018 2018 2017 Change Rate   Change Rate
Bridgeport-Stamford-Norwalk 408,900 409,000 409,000 407,200 404,700 -100 0.0% 4,200 1.0%
Danbury 79,200 79,100 79,200 79,100 78,000 100 0.1% 1,200 1.5%
Hartford 582,500 581,700 580,600 579,800 574,800 800 0.1% 7,700 1.3%
New Haven 287,300 286,000 285,700 286,200 282,600 1,300 0.5% 4,700 1.7%
Norwich-New London-Westerly, RI 132,600 132,400 132,100 132,000 130,900 200 0.2% 1,700 1.3%
Waterbury 66,800 67,100 67,200 66,500 67,000 -300 -0.4% -200 -0.3%
Not Seasonally Adjusted data (Non-Classified Areas, State estimated not BLS)
Enfield 45,000 45,200 44,800 44,900 44,900 -200 -0.4% 100 0.2%
Torrington-Northwest 33,000 33,200 33,500 33,700 32,600 -200 -0.6% 400 1.2%
Danielson-Northeast 27,000 26,900 26,800 26,800 27,200 100 0.4% -200 -0.7%
* Less than 0.05% ** Includes Native American tribal government employment P = Preliminary R = Revised

Note: Six major Connecticut LMAs are estimated independently from the statewide data by the BLS and cover more than 90% of the nonfarm employment in the state. Thus, estimates will not fully sum to the statewide total.

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Hours and Earnings: The Private Sector workweek, not seasonally adjusted, averaged 34.3 hours in October 2018, up two-tenths of an hour from the same month a year ago (0.6%). Average hourly earnings at $32.34, not seasonally adjusted, were up $0.87 (2.8%) from the October 2017 estimate ($31.47). The resultant average Private Sector weekly pay amounted to $1,109.26, up $36.13 from a year ago (3.4%).

AVG WEEKLY EARNINGS AVG WEEKLY HOURS AVG HOURLY EARNINGS
Oct CHG Sep Oct CHG Sep Oct CHG Sep
(Not seasonally adjusted) 2018 2017 Y/Y 2018 2018 2017 Y/Y 2018 2018 2017 Y/Y 2018
PRODUCTION WORKER                      
MANUFACTURING $1,143.81 $1,038.33 $105.48 $1,101.98 42.6 41.7 0.9 41.6 $26.85 $24.90 $1.95 $26.49
DURABLE GOODS 1,218.44 1,073.99 144.45 1,191.01 43.5 42.2 1.3 42.1 28.01 25.45 2.56 28.29
NON-DUR. GOODS 922.89 910.12 12.77 826.06 39.9 39.9 0.0 40.1 23.13 22.81 0.32 20.60
CONSTRUCTION 1,196.97 1,177.96 19.01 1,205.05 39.4 39.2 0.2 38.5 30.38 30.05 0.33 31.30
                   
ALL EMPLOYEES                        
STATEWIDE                  
TOTAL PRIVATE 1,109.26 1,073.13 36.14 1,120.58 34.3 34.1 0.2 34.3 32.34 31.47 0.87 32.67
GOODS PRODUCING 1,387.94 1,260.05 127.89 1,348.38 40.5 39.5 1.0 39.3 34.27 31.90 2.37 34.31
Construction 1,300.43 1,186.88 113.55 1,205.65 38.9 37.5 1.4 37.2 33.43 31.65 1.78 32.41
Manufacturing 1,397.40 1,291.49 105.91 1,426.54 41.1 40.6 0.5 40.7 34.00 31.81 2.19 35.05
SERVICE PROVIDING 1,055.89 1,038.68 17.21 1,079.15 33.1 33.1 0.0 33.4 31.90 31.38 0.52 32.31
Trade, Transp., Utilities 898.77 858.33 40.44 935.37 33.3 32.5 0.8 34.2 26.99 26.41 0.58 27.35
Financial Activities 1,731.18 1,830.46 -99.28 1,867.38 36.6 38.0 -1.4 37.4 47.30 48.17 -0.87 49.93
Prof. & Business Serv. 1,255.94 1,281.20 -25.25 1,270.17 34.4 35.5 -1.1 34.6 36.51 36.09 0.42 36.71
Education & Health Ser. 971.54 930.85 40.68 975.47 32.8 32.4 0.4 32.8 29.62 28.73 0.89 29.74
Leisure & Hospitality 484.96 446.00 38.96 480.25 26.2 25.9 0.3 26.2 18.51 17.22 1.29 18.33
Other Services 824.02 821.85 2.18 805.97 33.2 32.6 0.6 32.2 24.82 25.21 -0.39 25.03
LABOR MARKET AREAS: TOTAL PRIVATE              
Bridgeport-Stamford 1,193.24 1,155.50 37.73 1,215.13 34.2 33.6 0.6 34.2 34.89 34.39 0.50 35.53
Danbury 1,000.40 929.38 71.03 1,014.89 34.7 33.6 1.1 34.9 28.83 27.66 1.17 29.08
Hartford 1,153.27 1,120.99 32.28 1,186.73 34.8 34.9 -0.1 35.1 33.14 32.12 1.02 33.81
New Haven 1,071.12 996.54 74.58 1,054.14 33.8 32.9 0.9 33.7 31.69 30.29 1.40 31.28
Norwich-New London 844.46 828.39 16.07 854.31 30.3 31.8 -1.5 30.5 27.87 26.05 1.82 28.01
Waterbury 941.88 870.39 71.49 960.80 34.3 34.2 0.1 34.9 27.46 25.45 2.01 27.53

Information for the manufacturing production workweek and earnings can be found in the table section of this release under the "Hours and Earnings" data category. Current all-employee private sector hours and earnings estimates can be volatile due to fluctuating sample responses.

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Consumer Price Index for All Urban Consumers (CPI-U) increased 0.3 percent in October on a seasonally adjusted basis after rising 0.1 percent in September, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reported today. Over the last 12 months, the all items index rose 2.5 percent before seasonal adjustment.

An increase in the gasoline index was responsible for over one-third of the seasonally adjusted increase in the all items index; advances in the indexes for shelter, used cars and trucks, and electricity also contributed. The increases in the gasoline and electricity indexes led to a 2.4-percent rise in the energy index. The food index, in contrast, declined slightly in October.

The index for all items less food and energy rose 0.2 percent in October following a 0.1-percent increase in September. Along with the indexes for shelter and for used cars and trucks, the indexes for medical care, household furnishings and operations, motor vehicle insurance, and tobacco all increased in October. The indexes for communication, new vehicles, and recreation all declined.

The all items index rose 2.5 percent for the 12 months ending October, a larger increase than the 2.3-percent increase for the 12 months ending September. The index for all items less food and energy rose 2.1 percent for the 12 months ending October. The energy index increased 8.9 percent, while the food index increased more modestly, advancing 1.2 percent over the last 12 months.

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 State of Connecticut Unemployment Rate vs. United States Unemployment Rate
The October 2018 unemployment rate for Connecticut is estimated at 4.2% (seasonally adjusted), unchanged from September 2018 and down three-tenths of a percentage point from a year ago when it was 4.5%. The US jobless rate in October 2018 was 3.7%, unchanged from September 2018.
Month 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016 2017 2018
CT U.S. Year-to-Year comparisons CT U.S. Year-to-Year comparisons CT U.S. Year-to-Year comparisons CT U.S. Year-to-Year comparisons CT U.S. Year-to-Year comparisons CT U.S. Year-to-Year comparisons CT U.S. Year-to-Year comparisons CT U.S. Year-to-Year comparisons
Jan  9.2 9.1 -0.1 8.2 8.3 0.1 8.2 8.0 -0.2 7.2 6.6 -0.6 6.1 5.7 -0.4 5.5 4.9 -0.6 4.9 4.8 -0.1 4.5 4.1 -0.4
Feb  9.2 9.0 -0.2 8.2 8.3 0.1 8.1 7.7 -0.4 7.0 6.7 -0.3 6.0 5.5 -0.5 5.5 4.9 -0.6 4.9 4.7 -0.2 4.6 4.1 -0.5
Mar  9.2 9.0 -0.2 8.3 8.2 -0.1 8.1 7.5 -0.6 6.9 6.7 -0.2 5.9 5.5 -0.4 5.4 5.0 -0.4 4.9 4.5 -0.4 4.5 4.1 -0.4
Apr  9.1 9.1 0.0 8.3 8.2 -0.1 8.0 7.6 -0.4 6.8 6.3 -0.5 5.8 5.4 -0.4 5.3 5.0 -0.3 4.8 4.4 -0.4 4.5 3.9 -0.6
May  9.0 9.0 0.0 8.4 8.2 -0.2 7.9 7.5 -0.4 6.7 6.3 -0.4 5.7 5.5 -0.2 5.3 4.7 -0.6 4.7 4.3 -0.4 4.5 3.8 -0.7
Jun  8.9 9.1 0.2 8.5 8.2 -0.3 7.9 7.5 -0.4 6.6 6.1 -0.5 5.7 5.3 -0.4 5.2 4.9 -0.3 4.7 4.3 -0.4 4.4 4.0 -0.4
Jul  8.8 9.0 0.2 8.5 8.2 -0.3 7.8 7.3 -0.5 6.5 6.2 -0.3 5.6 5.2 -0.4 5.1 4.9 -0.2 4.6 4.3 -0.3 4.4 3.9 -0.5
Aug  8.7 9.0 0.3 8.5 8.1 -0.4 7.8 7.2 -0.6 6.5 6.2 -0.3 5.6 5.1 -0.5 5.0 4.9 -0.1 4.5 4.4 -0.1 4.3 3.9 -0.4
Sep  8.6 9.0 0.4 8.4 7.8 -0.6 7.7 7.2 -0.5 6.4 5.9 -0.5 5.6 5.0 -0.6 5.0 5.0 0.0 4.5 4.2 -0.3 4.2 3.7 -0.5
Oct  8.5 8.8 0.3 8.4 7.8 -0.6 7.5 7.2 -0.3 6.3 5.7 -0.6 5.6 5.0 -0.6 4.9 4.9 0.0 4.5 4.1 -0.4 4.2 3.7 -0.5
Nov  8.4 8.6 0.2 8.3 7.7 -0.6 7.4 6.9 -0.5 6.3 5.8 -0.5 5.6 5.0 -0.6 4.9 4.6 -0.3 4.5 4.1 -0.4
Dec  8.3 8.5 0.2 8.2 7.9 -0.3 7.3 6.7 -0.6 6.2 5.6 -0.6 5.6 5.0 -0.6 4.9 4.7 -0.2 4.5 4.1 -0.4

The nonfarm employment estimate, derived from a survey of businesses, is a measure of jobs in the state; the unemployment rate and labor force estimates are based on a household survey, and measure the work status of people who live in Connecticut. Overall, as the national and state economies recover, volatility in monthly numbers can be expected. Job and employment estimates are best understood in the context of their movement over several months rather than observed changes in a single month's value.

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 Labor Force / Residents Employed / Residents Unemployed
Based on the Local Area Unemployment Statistics model (LAUS - a statistical model using the CPS Current Population Survey residential data), the number of Connecticut unemployed residents, seasonally adjusted, was unchanged from September at 80,000. Over the year, the number of the state's jobless residents declined by 6,100 (-7.1%). The state's labor force increased for the fourth month in a row by 5,800 (0.3%) over the month, but is down over the year (-2,700, -0.1%).

October 2018 seasonally-adjusted average weekly initial unemployment claims for first-time filers in Connecticut grew by 50 claimants (1.7%) to 3,064 from September 2018, but were lower by 459 claims (-13.0%) from the October 2017 level of 3,523.

Month  2012 2013 2014 2015 2016 2017 2018
Labor
Force
Resident
Emp.
Resident
Unemp.
Labor
Force
Resident
Emp.
Resident
Unemp.
Labor
Force
Resident
Emp.
Resident
Unemp.
Labor
Force
Resident
Emp.
Resident
Unemp.
Labor
Force
Resident
Emp.
Resident
Unemp.
Labor
Force
Resident
Emp.
Resident
Unemp.
Labor
Force
Resident
Emp.
Resident
Unemp.
Jan   1,904.1 1,748.6 156.9 1,866.1 1,716.9 152.2 1,873.2 1,733.0 134.5 1,910.5 1,792.1 116.4 1,890.4 1,783.6 104.2 1,923.0 1,826.6 93.9 1,909.9 1,823.2 86.8
Feb   1,901.1 1,747.1 156.6 1,862.4 1,713.9 151.0 1,876.9 1,738.6 132.3 1,909.5 1,794.1 114.5 1,892.5 1,786.1 103.3 1,925.1 1,829.1 94.0 1,908.2 1,821.2 86.9
Mar   1,897.8 1,744.5 157.0 1,860.3 1,711.4 149.9 1,880.5 1,744.6 130.2 1,907.2 1,794.9 112.6 1,894.9 1,789.1 102.2 1,925.8 1,831.1 93.7 1,904.7 1,818.4 86.3
Apr   1,894.3 1,740.8 158.0 1,860.3 1,710.4 148.9 1,883.9 1,750.3 128.3 1,903.9 1,794.6 110.7 1,897.6 1,792.6 101.1 1,925.0 1,832.2 92.7 1,901.0 1,815.2 85.8
May   1,890.8 1,736.3 159.2 1,861.7 1,711.5 147.9 1,887.0 1,755.6 126.4 1,899.8 1,793.2 108.8 1,900.6 1,796.4 100.1 1,922.9 1,832.3 91.2 1,898.5 1,813.6 84.9
Jun   1,887.7 1,731.6 160.2 1,863.4 1,713.8 147.0 1,890.5 1,760.5 124.9 1,895.3 1,791.0 107.1 1,903.9 1,800.6 99.0 1,919.9 1,831.6 89.6 1,896.5 1,812.6 83.9
Jul   1,885.2 1,727.5 160.4 1,864.6 1,716.5 146.0 1,894.4 1,765.6 123.7 1,891.2 1,788.2 105.8 1,906.9 1,804.9 97.6 1,917.0 1,830.3 88.2 1,898.5 1,815.8 82.8
Aug   1,883.2 1,724.8 159.9 1,865.0 1,718.7 144.6 1,898.6 1,770.7 122.8 1,888.1 1,785.4 105.1 1,909.7 1,809.3 96.1 1,914.3 1,828.8 87.0 1,899.2 1,818.4 80.9
Sep   1,881.3 1,723.3 158.7 1,865.0 1,720.3 142.9 1,902.7 1,775.8 121.9 1,886.3 1,783.0 104.9 1,912.2 1,813.6 94.8 1,912.8 1,827.3 86.4 1,903.5 1,823.4 80.0
Oct   1,878.8 1,722.5 157.3 1,865.5 1,722.2 140.8 1,906.2 1,780.7 120.9 1,885.9 1,781.4 104.9 1,914.6 1,817.4 93.9 1,912.0 1,826.4 86.1 1,909.3 1,829.3 80.0
Nov   1,875.2 1,721.5 155.5 1,867.1 1,724.7 138.8 1,908.7 1,785.3 119.6 1,886.8 1,780.9 105.0 1,917.2 1,820.7 93.5 1,912.3 1,826.0 86.2
Dec   1,870.7 1,719.6 153.8 1,869.7 1,728.3 136.7 1,910.2 1,789.1 118.1 1,888.5 1,781.8 104.8 1,920.2 1,823.7 93.5 1,912.6 1,826.0 86.4
The nonfarm employment estimate, derived from a survey of businesses, is a measure of jobs in the state; the unemployment rate and labor force estimates are based on a household survey, and measure the work status of people who live in Connecticut. Overall, as the national and state economies recover, volatility in monthly numbers can be expected. Job and employment estimates are best understood in the context of their movement over several months rather than observed changes in a single month's value.
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