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State of Connecticut Labor Situation Last Updated: July 18, 2019
Nonfarm jobs fall by 1,400 in June; unemployment rate falls to 3.7% Connecticut Labor Situation - May 2019 PDF
WETHERSFIELD, July 18, 2019 - Preliminary Connecticut nonfarm job estimates from the business payroll survey administered by the US Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) show the state lost 1,400 net jobs (-0.1%) in June 2019, to a level of 1,692,200 seasonally adjusted. Over the year, nonagricultural employment in the state grew by 4,000 (0.2%). The May 2019 originally-released job loss of 1,500 was revised down by 400 to a loss of 1,900. The number of the state's unemployed residents was estimated at 70,900, seasonally adjusted, down 800 from May. As a result, Connecticut's June unemployment rate is at 3.7%, seasonally adjusted, down one-tenth of a point from the revised May level. 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 movements in payroll job estimates or residential employment are considered statistically significant.

"June's loss of 1,400 jobs was driven primarily by a large loss in government employment almost all of which came from local government," said Andy Condon, Director of the Office of Research. "Private sector employment actually grew by 800 jobs. Changes in school calendars and the timing of summer employment can often make seasonal adjustment of local government difficult. We will have to wait until next month to see if this drop in government employment was an anomaly."

Nonfarm Jobs Detail (business establishment survey)
Private Sector employment grew by 800 (0.1%) to 1,458,500 jobs over the month in June, and remains up 6,000 (0.4%) seasonally-adjusted jobs over June 2018. The Government supersector was down sharply in June (-2,200, -0.9%) to a total of 233,700, and is now down 2,000 jobs (-0.8%) over the year. Almost all of this decline was in local government which includes local education staff and casino employment. The Government supersector includes all federal, state and local employment, including public higher education and Native American casino employment located on tribal land.

Four of the ten major industry supersectors gained employment in June, while five declined. The Manufacturing supersector remained unchanged (160,700 total jobs). Educational and Health Services led gainers adding 1,600 jobs (0.5%, 340,700). The Financial Activities supersector (0.5%, 128,000) was next with a gain of 600 jobs. The Professional and Business Services (0.2%, 220,100) supersector picked up 400 jobs while Leisure and Hospitality added 100 (0.1%, 161,500) total jobs.

The above mentioned Government sector led employment losses in June. Construction and Mining was next, losing 1,100 positions (-1.9%, 57,900). Other Services dropped 400 (-0.6%, 63,300), while the Trade, Transportation & Utilities supersector declined by 300 (-0.1%, 293,700). Finally, the Information supersector saw a small decline of 100 jobs (-0.3%, 32,600).

Labor Market Information - Connecticut, Employment Sectors & United States Nonfarm Employment
Year to Year Month to Month Previous Three Months
Jun 2019 Jun 2018 Change Rate % Jun 2019 May 2019 Change Rate % Apr 2019 Mar 2019 Feb 2019
Graph Follow link below for more charts & data State of Connecticut Employment
go to Connecticut nonfarm employment data table Connecticut Nonfarm Employment 1,692,200 1,688,200 4,000 0.2% 1,692,200 1,693,600 -1,400 -0.1% 1,695,500 1,695,000 1,694,700
go to Private Sector sector data table Private Sector 1,458,500 1,452,600 5,900 0.4% 1,458,500 1,457,700 800 0.1% 1,459,000 1,458,200 1,457,600
Graph Follow link below for more charts & data Goods Producing Industries
go to Construction sector data table Construction 57,400 58,400 -1,000 -1.7% 57,400 58,500 -1,100 -1.9% 60,000 62,300 61,600
go to Manufacturing sector data table Manufacturing 160,700 160,400 300 0.2% 160,700 160,700 0 0.0% 160,800 161,300 161,500
Graph Follow link below for more charts & data Service Providing Industries
go to Transportation and Public Utilities sector data table Trade, Transportation and Utilities 293,700 297,400 -3,700 -1.2% 293,700 294,000 -300 -0.1% 295,500 294,900 294,100
go to Information sector data table Information 32,600 31,700 900 2.8% 32,600 32,700 -100 -0.3% 32,800 32,800 32,900
go to Financial Activities sector data table Financial Activities 128,000 125,800 2,200 1.7% 128,000 127,400 600 0.5% 127,000 127,100 126,700
go to Professional and Business Services sector data table Professional and Business Services 220,100 220,800 -700 -0.3% 220,100 219,700 400 0.2% 218,900 217,100 217,800
go to Educational and Health Services sector data table Educational and Health Services 340,700 334,100 6,600 2.0% 340,700 339,100 1,600 0.5% 338,400 337,600 337,100
go to Leisure and Hospitality sector data table Leisure and Hospitality 161,500 157,800 3,700 2.3% 161,500 161,400 100 0.1% 160,800 160,300 161,200
go to Other Services sector data table Other Services 63,300 65,600 -2,300 -3.5% 63,300 63,700 -400 -0.6% 64,300 64,300 64,200
go to Government sector data table Government 233,700 235,700 -2,000 -0.8% 233,700 235,900 -2,200 -0.9% 236,500 236,800 237,100
Graph Follow link below for more charts & data United States Employment
go to United States nonfarm employment data table United States Nonfarm Employment 151,308,000 149,007,000 2,301,000 1.5% 151,308,000 151,084,000 224,000 0.1% 151,020,000 150,796,000 150,643,000
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Connecticut has now recovered 79.3% (95,400 jobs) of the 120,300 seasonally adjusted jobs lost in the "Great Recession" (3/08-1/10). The job recovery is now into its 112th month and the state needs an additional 24,900 net new jobs to reach an overall nonfarm employment expansion. The state's Private Sector is fully recovered at 101.0% (113,100) of the 112,000 private sector jobs lost in that same employment downturn.

Connecticut's Recessionary Job Loss and Recovery March 2008 - June 2019
Connecticut's Recessionary Job Loss and Recovery  March 2008 - June 2019
March
2008
January
2010
June
2019
Jobs Lost Recovered
Jobs Percent
CT Nonfarm Employment 1,717.1 1,596.8 1,692.2 -120.3 95.4 79.3%
Total Private Sector 1,457.4 1,345.4 1,458.5 -112.0 113.1 101.0%
* March 2008 was employment peak. January 2010 was employment trough.    Last Updated:July 18, 2019

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Connecticut Labor Market Areas (LMAs): Two of the six LMAs seasonally adjusted by the Bureau of Labor Statistics saw job increases in June 2019 and three saw a decline. The Danbury LMA (77,900) remained unchanged. The New Haven LMA saw an increase of 300 jobs (0.1%, 286,600) while the Norwich-New London-Westerly LMA (0.2%, 130,500) gained 200. The Hartford-West Hartford-East Hartford LMA (-0.2%, 583,500) shed 1,300 jobs and the Bridgeport-Stamford-Norwalk LMA (-0.3%, 408,200) fell by 1,100 jobs. The Waterbury LMA (-0.7%, 68,800) dropped 500 net jobs.

June May April March June Over Month Over Year
Seasonally Adjusted data  2019 P 2019 R 2019 2019 2018 Change Rate   Change Rate
  Bridgeport-Stamford-Norwalk 408,200 409,300 410,500 410,000 408,800 -1,100 -0.3% -600 -0.1%
  Danbury  77,900 77,900 77,700 77,700 77,200 0 0.0% 700 0.9%
  Hartford 583,500 584,800 582,500 582,100 581,900 -1,300 -0.2% 1,600 0.3%
  New Haven 286,600 286,300 286,200 287,400 285,000 300 0.1% 1,600 0.6%
  Norwich-New London-Westerly, RI  130,500 130,300 129,900 130,200 130,000 200 0.2% 500 0.4%
  Waterbury  68,800 69,300 69,500 69,400 69,100 -500 -0.7% -300 -0.4%
Not Seasonally Adjusted data (Non-Classified Areas, State estimated not BLS)
  Enfield 45,000 45,300 45,400 44,600 44,900 -300 -0.7% 100 0.2%
  Torrington-Northwest 34,200 33,400 32,700 32,200 34,000 800 2.4% 200 0.6%
  Danielson-Northeast 27,300 27,300 26,900 26,500 27,200 0 0.0% 100 0.4%
* 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 33.9 hours in June 2019, up by two-tenths of an hour from the same month a year ago. Average hourly earnings at $32.77, not seasonally adjusted, were up $1.36 (4.3%) from the June 2018 estimate ($31.41). The resultant average Private Sector sector weekly pay amounted to $1,110.90, up $52.38 from a year ago (4.9%).

   AVG WEEKLY EARNINGS    AVG WEEKLY HOURS   AVG HOURLY EARNINGS
Jun CHG May           Jun CHG May               Jun CHG May
(Not seasonally adjusted) 2019 2018 Y/Y 2019 2019 2018 Y/Y 2019 2019 2018 Y/Y 2019
PRODUCTION WORKER                      
MANUFACTURING $1,141.83 $1,063.13 $78.70 $1,159.40 42.4 41.0 1.4 42.5 $26.93 $25.93 $1.00 $27.28
 DURABLE GOODS 1,247.08 1,164.91 82.17 1,260.77 41.5 42.1 -0.6 41.5 30.05 27.67 2.38 30.38
 NON-DUR. GOODS 822.20 763.52 58.68 848.58 45.3 37.1 8.2 45.5 18.15 20.58 -2.43 18.65
CONSTRUCTION 1,193.73 1,179.00 14.73 1,193.54 40.7 39.3 1.4 40.2 29.33 30.00 -0.67 29.69
                   
ALL EMPLOYEES                        
STATEWIDE                  
TOTAL PRIVATE 1,110.90 1,058.52 52.39 1,102.56 33.9 33.7 0.2 33.8 32.77 31.41 1.36 32.62
GOODS PRODUCING 1,398.26 1,305.72 92.54 1,402.23 39.2 39.0 0.2 38.8 35.67 33.48 2.19 36.14
   Construction 1,276.91 1,171.17 105.74 1,309.07 38.8 38.5 0.3 39.1 32.91 30.42 2.49 33.48
   Manufacturing 1,468.54 1,382.00 86.54 1,459.94 40.4 40.0 0.4 39.9 36.35 34.55 1.80 36.59
SERVICE PROVIDING 1,061.28 1,015.82 45.46 1,048.85 33.0 32.8 0.2 32.9 32.16 30.97 1.19 31.88
   Trade, Transp., Utilities 936.26 857.95 78.31 914.89 33.8 33.1 0.7 33.5 27.70 25.92 1.78 27.31
   Financial Activities 1,853.31 1,720.77 132.54 1,730.04 37.9 36.8 1.1 36.7 48.90 46.76 2.14 47.14
   Prof. & Business Serv. 1,231.16 1,218.10 13.05 1,245.38 34.7 34.4 0.3 34.7 35.48 35.41 0.07 35.89
   Education & Health Ser. 958.42 948.67 9.74 976.36 32.8 32.4 0.4 33.3 29.22 29.28 -0.06 29.32
   Leisure & Hospitality 452.11 466.75 -14.64 465.12 25.3 26.4 -1.1 25.5 17.87 17.68 0.19 18.24
   Other Services 775.85 795.34 -19.50 781.62 31.5 32.2 -0.7 30.7 24.63 24.70 -0.07 25.46
LABOR MARKET AREAS: TOTAL PRIVATE              
   Bridgeport-Stamford 1,196.04 1,149.51 46.53 1,182.52 34.3 33.7 0.6 34.0 34.87 34.11 0.76 34.78
   Danbury 1,056.42 986.36 70.07 1,069.15 34.9 34.5 0.4 35.1 30.27 28.59 1.68 30.46
   Hartford 1,175.64 1,109.61 66.03 1,171.56 34.7 34.3 0.4 34.6 33.88 32.35 1.53 33.86
   New Haven 1,079.87 1,010.66 69.21 1,071.49 34.6 33.3 1.3 34.8 31.21 30.35 0.86 30.79
   Norwich-New London 787.27 876.53 -89.26 806.70 29.9 32.5 -2.6 30.0 26.33 26.97 -0.64 26.89
   Waterbury 958.01 894.69 63.33 941.21 33.9 33.8 0.1 33.4 28.26 26.47 1.79 28.18

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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The Consumer Price Index for All Urban Consumers (CPI-U) increased 0.1 percent in June on a seasonally adjusted basis, the same increase as in May, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reported today. Over the last 12 months, the all items index increased 1.6 percent before seasonal adjustment.

Increases in the indexes for shelter, apparel, and used cars and trucks more than offset declines in energy indexes to result in the seasonally adjusted all items monthly increase in June. The energy index fell 2.3 percent as all of the major energy component indexes declined. The food index was unchanged as the index for food away from home rose but the index for food at home declined.

The index for all items less food and energy rose 0.3 in June, its largest monthly increase since January 2018. Along with the indexes for shelter, used cars and trucks, and apparel, the indexes for household furnishings and operations, medical care, and motor vehicle insurance were among the indexes that increased in June. The indexes for recreation, airline fares, and personal care all declined in June.

The all items index increased 1.6 percent for the 12 months ending June, a smaller increase than the 1.8-percent rise for the period ending May. The index for all items less food and energy rose 2.1 percent over the last 12 months, and the food index increased 1.9 percent. The energy index, in contrast, declined 3.4 percent over the last 12 months.

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 State of Connecticut Unemployment Rate vs. United States Unemployment Rate
The June 2019 unemployment rate for Connecticut is estimated at 3.7% (seasonally adjusted), down one-tenth of a point from the revised May 2019 figure and down four-tenths of a percentage point from a year ago when it was 4.1%. The US jobless rate in June 2019 was 3.7%, down three-tenths of a point from June 2018.
Month 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016 2017 2018 2019
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  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 4.7 -0.2 4.5 4.1 -0.4 3.8 4.0 0.2
Feb  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 4.5 4.1 -0.4 3.8 3.8 0.0
Mar  8.3 8.2 -0.1 8.1 7.5 -0.6 6.9 6.7 -0.2 5.9 5.4 -0.5 5.4 5.0 -0.4 4.9 4.4 -0.5 4.4 4.0 -0.4 3.9 3.8 -0.1
Apr  8.3 8.2 -0.1 8.0 7.6 -0.4 6.8 6.2 -0.6 5.8 5.4 -0.4 5.3 5.0 -0.3 4.8 4.4 -0.4 4.3 3.9 -0.4 3.8 3.6 -0.2
May  8.4 8.2 -0.2 7.9 7.5 -0.4 6.7 6.3 -0.4 5.7 5.6 -0.1 5.3 4.8 -0.5 4.7 4.4 -0.3 4.2 3.8 -0.4 3.8 3.6 -0.2
Jun  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 4.1 4.0 -0.1 3.7 3.7 0.0
Jul  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 4.8 -0.3 4.6 4.3 -0.3 4.0 3.9 -0.1
Aug  8.5 8.1 -0.4 7.8 7.2 -0.6 6.5 6.1 -0.4 5.6 5.1 -0.5 5.0 4.9 -0.1 4.5 4.4 -0.1 4.0 3.8 -0.2
Sep  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 3.9 3.7 -0.2
Oct  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 3.8 3.8 0.0
Nov  8.3 7.7 -0.6 7.4 6.9 -0.5 6.3 5.8 -0.5 5.6 5.1 -0.5 4.9 4.7 -0.2 4.5 4.2 -0.3 3.8 3.7 -0.1
Dec  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 3.8 3.9 0.1

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 down 800 from May at 70,900. Over the year, the number of the state's jobless residents declined by 7,700 (-9.8%). The state's labor force was down an estimated 3,400 over the month at 1,907,500, but is higher over the year by 7,500 (0.4%). The annual growth margin in the state's labor force has continued to shrink in recent months.

June 2019 seasonally adjusted average weekly initial unemployment claims for first-time filers in Connecticut was 3,823 - up from May by 785 claims and higher by 574 claims (17.7%) from the June 2018 level of 3,249.

Month  2013 2014 2015 2016 2017 2018 2019
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   1,866.1 1,713.9 152.2 1,870.1 1,736.2 134.0 1,902.8 1,786.9 115.9 1,881.6 1,778.2 103.3 1,903.2 1,811.1 92.1 1,888.1 1,802.0 86.1 1,923.6 1,849.7 73.9
Feb   1,862.4 1,711.4 151.0 1,873.3 1,741.5 131.8 1,901.8 1,787.7 114.1 1,882.8 1,780.4 102.4 1,904.3 1,812.3 92.1 1,888.7 1,803.8 84.9 1,923.6 1,849.7 73.9
Mar   1,860.3 1,710.4 149.9 1,876.5 1,746.7 129.8 1,899.7 1,787.6 112.1 1,884.4 1,783.1 101.3 1,904.3 1,812.4 91.9 1,890.3 1,806.9 83.4 1,920.9 1,846.8 74.1
Apr   1,860.3 1,711.5 148.9 1,879.5 1,751.6 127.9 1,896.6 1,786.4 110.2 1,886.4 1,786.0 100.4 1,902.9 1,811.6 91.3 1,892.8 1,811.0 81.8 1,915.6 1,843.1 72.5
May   1,861.7 1,713.8 147.9 1,882.4 1,756.3 126.1 1,892.8 1,784.4 108.4 1,888.8 1,789.2 99.6 1,900.6 1,810.2 90.3 1,896.0 1,815.8 80.2 1,910.9 1,839.3 71.7
Jun   1,863.4 1,716.5 147.0 1,885.8 1,761.2 124.6 1,888.6 1,781.8 106.8 1,891.4 1,792.7 98.7 1,897.9 1,808.6 89.3 1,900.0 1,821.3 78.6 1,907.5 1,836.6 70.9
Jul   1,864.6 1,718.7 146.0 1,889.4 1,766.0 123.4 1,884.7 1,779.1 105.6 1,893.6 1,796.1 97.5 1,895.4 1,807.0 88.5 1,905.3 1,828.2 77.0
Aug   1,865.0 1,720.3 144.6 1,893.2 1,770.7 122.6 1,881.7 1,776.8 105.0 1,895.4 1,799.3 96.1 1,893.3 1,805.4 87.9 1,911.0 1,835.5 75.5
Sep   1,865.0 1,722.2 142.9 1,896.8 1,775.1 121.7 1,879.8 1,775.1 104.7 1,897.0 1,802.3 94.7 1,891.6 1,804.1 87.5 1,916.5 1,842.3 74.2
Oct   1,865.5 1,724.7 140.8 1,899.8 1,779.1 120.7 1,879.2 1,774.5 104.7 1,898.3 1,804.9 93.4 1,890.3 1,802.9 87.4 1,920.7 1,847.4 73.3
Nov   1,867.1 1,728.3 138.8 1,901.8 1,782.5 119.3 1,879.6 1,775.0 104.6 1,899.7 1,807.2 92.5 1,889.2 1,801.9 87.3 1,921.2 1,848.0 73.2
Dec   1,869.7 1,733.0 136.7 1,902.8 1,785.1 117.7 1,880.5 1,776.3 104.1 1,901.5 1,809.3 92.1 1,888.4 1,801.5 86.9 1,920.7 1,847.3 73.4
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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