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State of Connecticut Labor Situation Last Updated: December 20, 2018
Nonfarm jobs down by 500 in November; unemployment rate falls to 4.1% Connecticut Labor Situation - September 2018 PDF
WETHERSFIELD, December 20, 2018 - Preliminary Connecticut nonfarm job estimates from the business payroll survey administered by the US Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) show the state lost 500 net jobs (-0.03%) in November 2018, to a level of 1,702,900, seasonally adjusted. Over the year, nonagricultural employment in the state grew by 23,000 jobs (1.4%). The October 2018 originally-released job increase of 1,500 was revised up by 1,500 jobs to a gain of 3,000 over the month. The number of the state's unemployed residents was estimated at 77,700, seasonally adjusted - a decline of 2,300 from October. As a result, Connecticut's November unemployment rate declined by one–tenth at 4.1%, 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. The changes in labor force, residential employed, residential unemployed and the unemployment rate were considered statistically significant.

"It is clear that Connecticut's labor market continues to tighten," said Andy Condon, Director of the Office of Research. "Our unemployment rate continues to trend down into full employment territory, and nearly all industry supersectors are showing annual growth. The trade and information sectors are the only exceptions."

Nonfarm Jobs Detail (business establishment survey)
Private Sector fell by 500 (-0.03%) to 1,475,000 jobs over the month in November, but added 26,300 (1.8%) seasonally-adjusted jobs over the year. The Government supersector was flat in November to a total of 227,900, with over-the-year losses now at 3,300 or -1.4%. 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 November, while five declined and the Government remained unchanged (0.0%, 227,900 total jobs). Construction and Mining led growing sectors with 600 net new jobs (0.1%, 64,900). Other Services added 400 jobs (0.6%, 66,000) while Financial Activities added 300 jobs (0.2%, 130,200) and Information added 200 jobs (0.6%, 31,000).

The Educational and Health Services supersector led declines in November, losing 600 jobs (-0.2%, 341,500). Professional and Business Services was next, dropping 500 jobs (-0.2%, 222,800). Manufacturing (-0.2%, 164,300) and Trade, Transportation & Utilities (-0.1%, 295,000) both saw 400 job losses. Leisure and Hospitality (-0.1%, 159,300) saw a small loss of 100.

Labor Market Information - Connecticut, Employment Sectors & United States Nonfarm Employment
Year to Year Month to Month Previous Three Months
Nov 2018 Nov 2017 Change Rate % Nov 2018 Oct 2018 Change Rate % Sep 2018 Aug 2018 Jul 2018
Graph Follow link below for more charts & data State of Connecticut Employment
go to Connecticut nonfarm employment data table Connecticut Nonfarm Employment 1,702,900 1,679,900 23,000 1.4% 1,702,900 1,703,400 -500 -0.0% 1,700,400 1,701,800 1,698,500
go to Private Sector sector data table Private Sector 1,475,000 1,448,700 26,300 1.8% 1,475,000 1,475,500 -500 -0.0% 1,472,900 1,474,700 1,471,000
Graph Follow link below for more charts & data Goods Producing Industries
go to Construction sector data table Construction 64,400 58,000 6,400 11.0% 64,400 63,700 700 1.1% 62,900 62,400 61,500
go to Manufacturing sector data table Manufacturing 164,300 161,900 2,400 1.5% 164,300 164,700 -400 -0.2% 164,400 164,000 163,600
Graph Follow link below for more charts & data Service Providing Industries
go to Transportation and Public Utilities sector data table Trade, Transportation and Utilities 295,000 297,600 -2,600 -0.9% 295,000 295,400 -400 -0.1% 296,200 297,100 298,100
go to Information sector data table Information 31,000 31,100 -100 -0.3% 31,000 30,800 200 0.6% 30,400 30,700 30,800
go to Financial Activities sector data table Financial Activities 130,200 128,000 2,200 1.7% 130,200 129,900 300 0.2% 128,800 127,700 127,100
go to Professional and Business Services sector data table Professional and Business Services 222,800 216,900 5,900 2.7% 222,800 223,300 -500 -0.2% 222,300 222,800 222,300
go to Educational and Health Services sector data table Educational and Health Services 341,500 335,800 5,700 1.7% 341,500 342,100 -600 -0.2% 341,800 342,800 341,400
go to Leisure and Hospitality sector data table Leisure and Hospitality 159,300 153,500 5,800 3.8% 159,300 159,400 -100 -0.1% 159,700 161,100 160,600
go to Other Services sector data table Other Services 66,000 65,300 700 1.1% 66,000 65,600 400 0.6% 65,800 65,500 65,000
go to Government sector data table Government 227,900 231,200 -3,300 -1.4% 227,900 227,900 0 0.0% 227,500 227,100 227,500
Graph Follow link below for more charts & data United States Employment
go to United States nonfarm employment data table United States Nonfarm Employment 149,893,000 147,450,000 2,443,000 1.7% 149,893,000 149,738,000 155,000 0.1% 149,500,000 149,382,000 149,096,000
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Connecticut has now recovered 91.3% (108,700 jobs) of the 119,100 seasonally adjusted jobs lost in the "Great Recession" (3/08-2/10). The job recovery is into its 105th month and the state needs an additional 10,400 net new jobs to reach an overall nonfarm employment expansion. The state's Private Sector continues its expansion from the recession and is at 115.0% (128,500) of the private sector jobs lost in that same employment downturn.

Connecticut's Recessionary Job Loss and Recovery March 2008 - November 2018
Connecticut's Recessionary Job Loss and Recovery  March 2008 - November 2018
March
2008
February
2010
November
2018
Jobs Lost Recovered
Jobs Percent
CT Nonfarm Employment 1,713.3 1,594.2 1,702.9 -119.1 108.7 91.3%
Total Private Sector 1,458.2 1,346.5 1,475.0 -111.7 128.5 115.0%
* March 2008 was employment peak. February 2010 was employment trough.    Last Updated: December 20, 2018

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Connecticut Labor Market Areas (LMAs): Three of the six LMAs seasonally adjusted by the Bureau of Labor Statistics saw job increases in November 2018 and three saw declines. The Hartford-West Hartford-East Hartford LMA posted 1,400 net new positions (0.2%, 585,000). The Bridgeport-Stamford-Norwalk LMA (0.2%, 410,700) added 900 net new positions while the Danbury LMA (0.3%, 79,600) added 200 jobs to the total. The New Haven LMA (-0.3%, 285,200) saw the largest decline in November, dropping 1,000 jobs. The Norwich-New London-Westerly LMA shed 300 jobs (-0.2%, 132,500) while the Waterbury LMA (-0.1%, 66,800) saw a small loss of 100 jobs.

November October September August November Over Month Over Year
Seasonally Adjusted data  2018 P 2018 R 2018 2018 2017 Change Rate   Change Rate
  Bridgeport-Stamford-Norwalk 410,700 409,800 409,000 409,000 405,200 900 0.2% 5,500 1.4%
  Danbury  79,600 79,400 79,100 79,200 78,300 200 0.3% 1,300 1.7%
  Hartford 585,000 583,600 581,700 580,600 575,200 1,400 0.2% 9,800 1.7%
  New Haven 286,200 287,200 286,000 285,700 282,500 -1,000 -0.3% 3,700 1.3%
  Norwich-New London-Westerly, RI  132,500 132,800 132,400 132,100 130,700 -300 -0.2% 1,800 1.4%
  Waterbury  66,800 66,900 67,100 67,200 67,100 -100 -0.1% -300 -0.4%
Not Seasonally Adjusted data (Non-Classified Areas, State estimated not BLS)
  Enfield 45,200 45,100 45,200 44,800 45,200 100 0.2% 0 0.0%
  Torrington-Northwest 33,000 33,100 33,200 33,500 32,500 -100 -0.3% 500 1.5%
  Danielson-Northeast 27,000 27,000 26,900 26,800 27,100 0 0.0% -100 -0.4%
* Less than ** 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 sector workweek, not seasonally adjusted, averaged 33.7 hours in November 2018, down three-tenths of an hour from the same month a year ago (-0.1%). Average hourly earnings at $32.26, not seasonally adjusted, were up $1.31 (4.2%) from the November 2017 estimate ($30.95). The resultant average Private Sector weekly pay amounted to $1,087.16, up $34.86 from a year ago (3.3%).

   AVG WEEKLY EARNINGS    AVG WEEKLY HOURS   AVG HOURLY EARNINGS
Nov CHG Oct           Nov CHG Oct               Nov CHG Oct
(Not seasonally adjusted) 2018 2017 Y/Y 2018 2018 2017 Y/Y 2018 2018 2017 Y/Y 2018
PRODUCTION WORKER                      
MANUFACTURING $1,122.94 $1,035.00 $87.94 $1,125.90 42.6 41.4 1.2 42.2 $26.36 $25.00 $1.36 $26.68
 DURABLE GOODS 1,204.45 1,090.10 114.35 1,221.63 42.5 42.4 0.1 43.0 28.34 25.71 2.63 28.41
 NON-DUR. GOODS 882.61 840.62 41.99 850.40 42.7 37.9 4.8 40.0 20.67 22.18 -1.51 21.26
CONSTRUCTION 1,140.10 1,176.80 -36.70 1,194.00 38.4 40.0 -1.6 39.8 29.69 29.42 0.27 30.00
                   
ALL EMPLOYEES                        
STATEWIDE                  
TOTAL PRIVATE 1,087.16 1,052.30 34.86 1,104.84 33.7 34.0 -0.3 34.1 32.26 30.95 1.31 32.40
GOODS PRODUCING 1,293.99 1,254.46 39.53 1,354.67 38.5 39.3 -0.8 39.3 33.61 31.92 1.69 34.47
   Construction 1,194.73 1,216.03 -21.29 1,290.26 37.0 38.3 -1.3 38.7 32.29 31.75 0.54 33.34
   Manufacturing 1,375.22 1,269.22 106.00 1,392.91 40.4 39.9 0.5 39.9 34.04 31.81 2.23 34.91
SERVICE PROVIDING 1,048.62 1,014.42 34.20 1,057.55 32.8 33.0 -0.2 33.1 31.97 30.74 1.23 31.95
   Trade, Transp., Utilities 920.37 855.07 65.30 915.63 33.8 32.9 0.9 33.7 27.23 25.99 1.24 27.17
   Financial Activities 1,762.22 1,699.78 62.44 1,763.39 36.5 37.0 -0.5 36.6 48.28 45.94 2.34 48.18
   Prof. & Business Serv. 1,212.41 1,244.88 -32.48 1,253.88 33.8 34.9 -1.1 34.4 35.87 35.67 0.20 36.45
   Education & Health Ser. 954.20 932.50 21.70 969.88 32.5 32.8 -0.3 32.7 29.36 28.43 0.93 29.66
   Leisure & Hospitality 471.24 449.37 21.88 484.16 25.5 25.9 -0.4 26.1 18.48 17.35 1.13 18.55
   Other Services 842.24 798.40 43.84 826.84 32.9 32.0 0.9 33.1 25.60 24.95 0.65 24.98
LABOR MARKET AREAS: TOTAL PRIVATE              
   Bridgeport-Stamford 1,171.85 1,123.24 48.60 1,190.09 33.8 33.4 0.4 34.1 34.67 33.63 1.04 34.90
   Danbury 985.13 918.68 66.45 999.89 34.7 33.8 0.9 34.9 28.39 27.18 1.21 28.65
   Hartford 1,131.52 1,086.01 45.51 1,150.80 34.0 34.4 -0.4 34.6 33.28 31.57 1.71 33.26
   New Haven 1,047.85 1,005.67 42.18 1,072.51 33.9 33.5 0.4 33.6 30.91 30.02 0.89 31.92
   Norwich-New London 815.07 841.28 -26.21 865.17 29.9 32.0 -2.1 30.8 27.26 26.29 0.97 28.09
   Waterbury 936.71 874.69 62.02 936.68 34.4 34.6 -0.2 34.5 27.23 25.28 1.95 27.15

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) was unchanged in November on a seasonally adjusted basis after rising 0.3 percent in October, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reported today. Over the last 12 months, the all items index increased 2.2 percent before seasonal adjustment.

The gasoline index declined 4.2 percent in November, offsetting increases in an array of indexes including shelter and used cars and trucks. Other major energy component indexes were mixed, with the index for fuel oil falling but the indexes for electricity and natural gas rising. The food index rose in November, with the indexes for food at home and food away from home both increasing.

The all items less food and energy index increased 0.2 percent in November. Along with the indexes for shelter and used cars and trucks, the indexes for medical care, recreation, and water and sewer and trash collection also increased. The indexes for wireless telephone services, airline fares, and motor vehicle insurance declined in November.

The all items index increased 2.2 percent for the 12 months ending November, compared to a 2.5-percent increase for the period ending October. The all items less food and energy index rose 2.2 percent in November. The energy index increased 3.1 percent for the 12 months ending November; this was its smallest 12-month increase since the period ending June 2017. The food index rose 1.4 percent over the last 12 months.

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 State of Connecticut Unemployment Rate vs. United States Unemployment Rate
The November 2018 unemployment rate for Connecticut is estimated at 4.1% (seasonally adjusted), down one-tenth from October 2018 and down four-tenths of a percentage point from a year ago when it was 4.5%. The US jobless rate in November 2018 was 3.7%, unchanged from October 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 4.8 -0.1 4.5 4.1 -0.4
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 4.6 4.1 -0.5
Mar  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  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  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  8.5 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  8.5 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  8.5 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  8.4 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  8.4 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  8.3 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 4.1 3.7 -0.4
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

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 2,300 from October at 77,700. Over the year, the number of the state's jobless residents declined by 8,500 (-9.9%). The state's labor force increased for the fifth month in a row by 7,300 (0.4%) over the month, and is now higher over the year (4,300, 0.2%).

November 2018 seasonally-adjusted average weekly initial unemployment claims for first-time filers in Connecticut grew by 491 claimants (16.0%) to 3,555 from October 2018, but were lower by 113 claims (-3.1%) from the November 2017 level of 3,668.

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 1,716.9 152.2 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   1,862.4 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   1,860.3 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   1,860.3 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   1,861.7 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   1,863.4 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   1,864.6 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   1,865.0 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   1,865.0 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   1,865.5 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 1,829.4 80.0
Nov   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 1,916.6 1,838.9 77.7
Dec   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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