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State of Connecticut Labor Situation Last Updated: December 21, 2017
Nonfarm jobs decline 3,500 in November; unemployment rate at 4.6% Connecticut Labor Situation - November 2017 PDF
WETHERSFIELD, December 21, 2017 - Preliminary Connecticut nonfarm job estimates from the business payroll survey administered by the US Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) show the state lost 3,500 net jobs (-0.2%) in November 2017, to a level of 1,677,500, seasonally adjusted. Over the year, nonagricultural employment in the state fell by 700 jobs (-0.04%). October’s originally-released job loss of 6,600 was revised upward by the BLS to a loss of 6,200 for the month. The number of the state’s unemployed residents increased by 1,400, while the number of residents employed fell by 5,000. As a result, Connecticut’s unemployment rate increased by one-tenth of a point to 4.6% in November, 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.

“Job growth in 2017 has slowed significantly since peaking in the second quarter,” said Andy Condon, Director of the Office of Research. “However, November’s year-over-year decline of 700 jobs does not necessarily mean Connecticut has produced fewer jobs in 2017 than in 2016. On an annual average basis, Connecticut has grown 5,000 jobs over 2016 in the twelve months ending in November.”

Nonfarm Jobs Detail (business establishment survey)

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Private Sector employment fell by 3,300 (-0.2%) to 1,446,700 jobs over the month in November, but remains up by 2,800 jobs (0.2%) over the year. The Government supersector declined by 200 (-0.1%) to 230,800 jobs last month and over-the-year losses are at -3,500 or -1.5%. The Government supersector includes all federal, state and local employment, including public higher education and Native American casinos located on tribal land.

Six of the ten major industry supersectors lost employment in November, while only two increased. The Education and Health Services supersector remained unchanged ( 333,600 total jobs). Other Services led growing industries with 1,300 net new jobs (2.0%, 67,700 total jobs). Financial Activities saw an increase of 700 jobs (0.5%, 133,300 total).

On the downside, Leisure and Hospitality dropped an estimated 2,000 jobs in November (-1.3%, 151,700 total). Leisure and Hospitality has lost 9,400 seasonally adjusted jobs since its peak in June, however, this large drop is more reflective of declines from a very strong summer season to more typical levels than it is of any weakness in the industry. These losses are not reflected in the annualized not seasonally adjusted data. Professional and Business Services was next with a loss of 1,400 (-0.6%, 216,700 total). The volatile Construction and Mining industry shed 1,300 jobs (-2.2%, 57,100). Trade, Transportation & Utilities lost 400 positions (-0.1%, 297,300 total), driven by a 1,100 decline in retail employment. The Manufacturing (-0.1, 157,200) and Information (-0.3%, 31,500 total) supersectors both saw a small losses of 100 jobs.

Connecticut has now recovered 69.9% (83,300 jobs) of the 119,100 seasonally adjusted jobs lost in the Great Recession (3/08-2/10). The job recovery is into its 93nd month and the state needs an additional 35,800 jobs to reach an overall nonfarm employment expansion. The state's Private Sector also slipped a bit in the recovery, regaining 89.7% (100,200) of the 111,700 private sector jobs lost in that same employment downturn. The Government supersector has lost a total of 24,300 positions since the recession began in March 2008.

Labor Market Information - Connecticut, Employment Sectors & United States Nonfarm Employment
Year to Year Month to Month Previous Three Months
Nov 2017 Nov 2016 Change Rate % Nov 2017 Oct 2017 Change Rate % Sep 2017 Aug 2017 Jul 2017
Graph Follow link below for more charts & data State of Connecticut Employment
go to Connecticut nonfarm employment data table Connecticut Nonfarm Employment 1,677,500 1,678,200 -700 -0.0% 1,677,500 1,681,000 -3,500 -0.2% 1,687,200 1,686,900 1,691,100
go to Private Sector sector data table Private Sector 1,446,700 1,443,900 2,800 0.2% 1,446,700 1,450,000 -3,300 -0.2% 1,455,300 1,454,100 1,458,200
Graph Follow link below for more charts & data Goods Producing Industries
go to Construction sector data table Construction 57,100 58,100 -1,000 -1.7% 57,100 58,400 -1,300 -2.2% 56,500 57,700 58,700
go to Manufacturing sector data table Manufacturing 157,200 156,000 1,200 0.8% 157,200 157,300 -100 -0.1% 156,700 157,000 156,400
Graph Follow link below for more charts & data Service Providing Industries
go to Transportation and Public Utilities sector data table Transportation and Public Utilities 297,300 298,500 -1,200 -0.4% 297,300 297,700 -400 -0.1% 299,100 298,000 299,900
go to Information sector data table Information 31,500 32,100 -600 -1.9% 31,500 31,600 -100 -0.3% 32,100 31,800 31,800
go to Financial Activities sector data table Financial Activities 133,300 130,200 3,100 2.4% 133,300 132,600 700 0.5% 133,400 132,100 133,000
go to Professional and Business Services sector data table Professional and Business Services 216,700 215,800 900 0.4% 216,700 218,100 -1,400 -0.6% 218,200 216,500 216,400
go to Educational and Health Services sector data table Educational and Health Services 333,600 331,200 2,400 0.7% 333,600 333,600 0 0.0% 333,200 333,300 333,400
go to Leisure and Hospitality sector data table Leisure and Hospitality 151,700 155,300 -3,600 -2.3% 151,700 153,700 -2,000 -1.3% 157,000 158,800 159,100
go to Other Services sector data table Other Services 67,700 66,100 1,600 2.4% 67,700 66,400 1,300 2.0% 68,500 68,400 68,900
go to Government sector data table Government 230,800 234,300 -3,500 -1.5% 230,800 231,000 -200 -0.1% 231,900 232,800 232,900
Graph Follow link below for more charts & data United States Employment
go to United States nonfarm employment data table United States Nonfarm Employment 147,241,000 145,170,000 2,071,000 1.4% 147,241,000 147,013,000 228,000 0.2% 146,769,000 146,731,000 146,523,000

Connecticut Labor Market Areas (LMAs): Two of the six LMAs that are seasonally adjusted by the BLS saw job increases in November 2017 and four saw losses. The Danbury LMA led gains in November (400, -0.5%, 79,500 total). The Waterbury LMA saw a small increase of 100 (0.1%, 67,100 total).

The Norwich-New London-Westerly LMA led declines with a drop of 1,100 jobs (-0.9%, 127,900 total). Bridgeport-Stamford-Norwalk LMA was next with a loss of 900 jobs (-0.2%, 411,000 total). The New Haven LMA shed 700 jobs in November (-0.2%, 284,300 total). Smaller losses were seen in Hartford-West Hartford-East Hartford LMA (-300, -0.1%, 570,700 total). 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.

Hours and Earnings: The Private Sector workweek, not seasonally adjusted, averaged 34.0 hours in November 2017, up three-tenths of an hour from the same month a year ago. Average hourly earnings at $31.01, not seasonally adjusted, were up $0.44 (1.4%) from the November 2016 estimate ($30.57). The resultant average Private Sector weekly pay amounted to $1,054.34, up $24.13 from a year ago (2.3%).

   AVG WEEKLY EARNINGS    AVG WEEKLY HOURS   AVG HOURLY EARNINGS
Nov CHG Oct           Nov CHG Oct               Nov CHG Oct
(Not seasonally adjusted) 2017 2016 Y/Y 2017 2017 2016 Y/Y 2017 2017 2016 Y/Y 2017
PRODUCTION WORKER                      
MANUFACTURING $1,047.08 $1,082.74 -$35.66 $1,040.82 41.9 43.0 -1.1 41.8 $24.99 $25.18 -$0.19 $24.90
 DURABLE GOODS 1,100.81 1,113.26 -12.45 1,073.57 42.9 43.2 -0.3 42.2 25.66 25.77 -0.11 25.44
 NON-DUR. GOODS 851.10 961.56 -110.47 920.86 38.2 42.1 -3.9 40.3 22.28 22.84 -0.56 22.85
CONSTRUCTION 1,171.71 1,107.48 64.23 1,177.96 39.8 38.9 0.9 39.2 29.44 28.47 0.97 30.05
                   
ALL EMPLOYEES                        
STATEWIDE                  
TOTAL PRIVATE 1,054.34 1,030.21 24.13 1,075.86 34.0 33.7 0.3 34.1 31.01 30.57 0.44 31.55
GOODS PRODUCING 1,272.40 1,228.11 44.29 1,266.80 40.0 40.2 -0.2 39.6 31.81 30.55 1.26 31.99
   Construction 1,223.92 1,184.99 38.92 1,197.50 38.5 38.7 -0.2 37.8 31.79 30.62 1.17 31.68
   Manufacturing 1,290.40 1,250.67 39.72 1,291.08 40.9 41.1 -0.2 40.6 31.55 30.43 1.12 31.80
SERVICE PROVIDING 1,017.72 996.58 21.14 1,041.33 33.0 32.6 0.4 33.1 30.84 30.57 0.27 31.46
   Trade, Transp., Utilities 851.12 856.74 -5.62 857.03 32.9 32.7 0.2 32.5 25.87 26.20 -0.33 26.37
   Financial Activities 1,732.09 1,690.65 41.44 1,850.22 36.9 37.1 -0.2 38.0 46.94 45.57 1.37 48.69
   Prof. & Business Serv. 1,251.95 1,218.00 33.95 1,286.58 35.0 34.8 0.2 35.6 35.77 35.00 0.77 36.14
   Education & Health Ser. 934.36 931.21 3.15 932.75 32.9 32.3 0.6 32.5 28.40 28.83 -0.43 28.70
   Leisure & Hospitality 450.84 424.37 26.47 445.74 26.0 25.2 0.8 25.9 17.34 16.84 0.50 17.21
   Other Services 799.41 756.82 42.59 823.23 31.9 31.6 0.3 32.5 25.06 23.95 1.11 25.33
LABOR MARKET AREAS: TOTAL PRIVATE              
   Bridgeport-Stamford 1,138.27 1,145.48 -7.21 1,162.56 33.4 33.8 -0.4 33.6 34.08 33.89 0.19 34.60
   Danbury 917.67 997.63 -79.96 927.02 33.9 33.5 0.4 33.6 27.07 29.78 -2.71 27.59
   Hartford 1,093.74 1,077.75 15.99 1,122.73 34.7 34.4 0.3 34.9 31.52 31.33 0.19 32.17
   New Haven 1,019.41 947.38 72.03 1,010.87 33.8 32.5 1.3 33.1 30.16 29.15 1.01 30.54
   Norwich-New London 834.88 815.75 19.13 822.93 32.0 32.5 -0.5 31.7 26.09 25.10 0.99 25.96
   Waterbury 878.95 816.70 62.26 870.73 34.7 34.1 0.6 34.2 25.33 23.95 1.38 25.46

The 12-month percent change in the Consumer Price Index for All Urban Consumers (CPI-U, U.S. City Average, not seasonally adjusted) in November 2017 was 2.2%. 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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 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, increased by 1,400 (1.6%) over the month to 87,000 in November. Over the year, the number of the state's jobless residents increased by 2,700 (3.2%). The state's labor force decreased by 3,700 (-0.2%) over the month, but continued to expand over the year (14,900, 0.8%). This is the fifth consecutive monthly drop in the state's labor force.

November 2017 seasonally adjusted average weekly initial unemployment claims for first-time filers in Connecticut increased by 566 claimants (16.8%) to 3,931 from October 2017, and were higher by 87 claims (2.3%) from the November 2016 level of 3,844.

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   1,904.7 1,748.2 156.5 1,863.5 1,713.3 150.2 1,871.4 1,739.1 132.2 1,898.9 1,783.4 115.5 1,890.3 1,786.5 103.9 1,892.2 1,807.2 85.0
Feb   1,902.1 1,746.0 156.1 1,861.5 1,712.9 148.6 1,874.0 1,743.6 130.4 1,898.7 1,785.1 113.6 1,891.2 1,787.6 103.5 1,901.4 1,812.0 89.4
Mar   1,899.2 1,742.5 156.7 1,860.9 1,713.6 147.4 1,876.5 1,748.0 128.5 1,897.4 1,786.2 111.3 1,891.7 1,788.8 102.9 1,911.7 1,819.9 91.7
Apr   1,895.7 1,737.9 157.8 1,861.9 1,715.5 146.4 1,878.9 1,752.2 126.7 1,895.2 1,786.4 108.8 1,892.2 1,790.2 102.0 1,922.5 1,828.9 93.6
May   1,892.0 1,732.8 159.2 1,863.8 1,718.2 145.6 1,881.1 1,756.3 124.8 1,892.4 1,786.1 106.3 1,892.5 1,791.8 100.6 1,929.1 1,834.0 95.1
Jun   1,888.1 1,727.9 160.2 1,865.7 1,720.9 144.7 1,883.4 1,760.3 123.2 1,889.5 1,785.3 104.2 1,892.5 1,793.8 98.8 1,933.1 1,836.1 97.0
Jul   1,884.3 1,723.8 160.6 1,866.8 1,723.2 143.6 1,886.0 1,764.1 121.9 1,887.2 1,784.5 102.8 1,892.1 1,795.9 96.2 1,933.1 1,836.6 96.5
Aug   1,880.8 1,720.8 160.0 1,867.2 1,725.1 142.1 1,888.8 1,767.8 121.0 1,885.9 1,783.7 102.2 1,891.3 1,798.2 93.1 1,923.2 1,831.0 92.2
Sep   1,877.4 1,718.8 158.6 1,867.0 1,726.8 140.2 1,891.6 1,771.4 120.2 1,885.6 1,783.3 102.3 1,890.1 1,800.2 89.9 1,914.0 1,826.9 87.1
Oct   1,874.0 1,717.3 156.6 1,867.0 1,728.9 138.1 1,894.4 1,775.0 119.4 1,886.3 1,783.4 102.9 1,888.8 1,801.9 86.9 1,906.1 1,820.5 85.6
Nov   1,870.3 1,715.9 154.4 1,867.6 1,731.5 136.1 1,896.6 1,778.3 118.4 1,887.7 1,784.2 103.5 1,887.5 1,803.2 84.3 1,902.4 1,815.4 87.0
Dec   1,866.7 1,714.5 152.2 1,869.1 1,735.0 134.1 1,898.2 1,781.1 117.1 1,889.2 1,785.3 103.9 1,886.2 1,804.1 82.1
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 State of Connecticut Unemployment Rate vs. United States Unemployment Rate
The November 2017 unemployment rate for Connecticut is estimated at 4.6% (seasonally adjusted), up one-tenth from October 2017 and up one-tenth of a percentage point from a year ago when it was 4.6%. The US jobless rate in November 2017 was 4.1%, unchanged from October.
Month 2010 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 CT U.S. Year-to-Year comparisons
Jan  9.0 9.8 0.8 9.2 9.1 -0.1 8.2 8.3 0.1 8.1 8.0 -0.1 7.1 6.6 -0.5 6.1 5.7 -0.4 5.5 4.9 -0.6 4.5 4.8 0.3
Feb  9.0 9.8 0.8 9.2 9.0 -0.2 8.2 8.3 0.1 8.0 7.7 -0.3 7.0 6.7 -0.3 6.0 5.5 -0.5 5.5 4.9 -0.6 4.7 4.7 0.0
Mar  9.1 9.9 0.8 9.1 9.0 -0.1 8.2 8.2 0.0 7.9 7.5 -0.4 6.9 6.7 -0.2 5.9 5.4 -0.5 5.4 5.0 -0.4 4.8 4.5 -0.3
Apr  9.1 9.9 0.8 9.1 9.1 0.0 8.3 8.2 -0.1 7.9 7.6 -0.3 6.7 6.2 -0.5 5.7 5.4 -0.3 5.4 5.0 -0.4 4.9 4.4 -0.5
May  9.1 9.6 0.5 9.0 9.0 0.0 8.4 8.2 -0.2 7.8 7.5 -0.3 6.6 6.3 -0.3 5.6 5.5 -0.1 5.3 4.7 -0.6 4.9 4.3 -0.6
Jun  9.1 9.4 0.3 8.9 9.1 0.2 8.5 8.2 -0.3 7.8 7.5 -0.3 6.5 6.1 -0.4 5.5 5.3 -0.2 5.2 4.9 -0.3 5.0 4.4 -0.6
Jul  9.1 9.4 0.3 8.7 9.0 0.3 8.5 8.2 -0.3 7.7 7.3 -0.4 6.5 6.2 -0.3 5.4 5.2 -0.2 5.1 4.9 -0.2 5.0 4.3 -0.7
Aug  9.1 9.5 0.4 8.6 9.0 0.4 8.5 8.1 -0.4 7.6 7.3 -0.3 6.4 6.2 -0.2 5.4 5.1 -0.3 4.9 4.9 0.0 4.8 4.4 -0.4
Sep  9.1 9.5 0.4 8.5 9.0 0.5 8.4 7.8 -0.6 7.5 7.2 -0.3 6.4 5.9 -0.5 5.4 5.0 -0.4 4.8 4.9 0.1 4.6 4.2 -0.4
Oct  9.2 9.4 0.2 8.4 8.8 0.4 8.4 7.8 -0.6 7.4 7.2 -0.2 6.3 5.7 -0.6 5.5 5.0 -0.5 4.6 4.8 0.2 4.5 4.1 -0.4
Nov  9.2 9.8 0.6 8.3 8.6 0.3 8.3 7.7 -0.6 7.3 6.9 -0.4 6.2 5.8 -0.4 5.5 5.0 -0.5 4.5 4.6 0.1 4.6 4.1 -0.5
Dec  9.2 9.3 0.1 8.3 8.5 0.2 8.2 7.9 -0.3 7.2 6.7 -0.5 6.2 5.6 -0.6 5.5 5.0 -0.5 4.4 4.7 0.3

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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