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State of Connecticut Labor Situation Last Updated: July 19, 2018
Nonfarm jobs increase by 6,100 in June; unemployment rate at 4.4% Connecticut Labor Situation - May 2018 PDF
WETHERSFIELD, July 19, 2018 - Preliminary Connecticut nonfarm job estimates from the business payroll survey administered by the US Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) show the state grew 6,100 net jobs (0.4%) in June 2018, to a level of 1,698,800, seasonally adjusted. Over the year, nonagricultural employment in the state grew by 14,900 jobs (0.9%). The May 2018 originally-released job gain of 4,100 was revised up by 2,000 to a gain of 6,100 over the month. The number of the state's unemployed residents was estimated at 83,975 seasonally adjusted, down 918 from May. As a result, Connecticut's June unemployment rate declined by one-tenth of a point to 4.4%, 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.

"June's increase of 6,100 jobs overcame the entire decline we saw in March and April," said Andy Condon, Director of the Office of Research. "Our three month average job growth has once again turned positive. The seasonally adjusted year over yearl job gain of nearly 15,000 jobs is very encouraging, but this number can be volatile. Our average annual gain for the last 12 months is 5,300, still ahead of last year's pace. Construction and manufacturing are now the fastest growing sectors in the state's labor market a very good sign."

Nonfarm Jobs Detail (business establishment survey)
Private Sector grew by 7,600 (0.5%) to 1,470,700 jobs over the month in June, and grew by 19,400 (1.3%) seasonally-adjusted jobs over the year. The Government supersector lost 1,500 positions in June to a total of 228,100, with over-the-year losses at -4,500 or -1.9%. The Government supersector includes all federal, state and local employment, including public higher education and Native American casino employment located on tribal land.

Seven of the ten major industry supersectors gained employment in June, while three declined. The Leisure and Hospitality supersector led growing industries with 2,400 net new jobs (1.5%, 158,500 total jobs) in June while Educational and Health Services (0.6%, 341,100) was next, adding 1,900 new positions. Construction and Mining grew by 1,200 (2.0%, 61,300) and Professional and Business Services added 1,100 (0.5%, 222,300). Manufacturing grew by 900 (0.6%, 164,000) in June while Financial Activities grew by 400 (0.3%, 127,900). Finally, the Information supersector grew by 200 jobs (0.7%, 30,900) last month.

In addition to the Government supersector mentioned above, the Other Services supersector dropped 400 jobs (-0.6%, 65,200) in June, while Trade, Transportation & Utilities lost 100 positions (-0.0%, 299,500).

Labor Market Information - Connecticut, Employment Sectors & United States Nonfarm Employment
Year to Year Month to Month Previous Three Months
Jun 2018 Jun 2017 Change Rate % Jun 2018 May 2018 Change Rate % Apr 2018 Mar 2018 Feb 2018
Graph Follow link below for more charts & data State of Connecticut Employment
go to Connecticut nonfarm employment data table Connecticut Nonfarm Employment 1,698,800 1,683,900 14,900 0.9% 1,698,800 1,692,700 6,100 0.4% 1,686,600 1,688,500 1,692,000
go to Private Sector sector data table Private Sector 1,470,700 1,451,300 19,400 1.3% 1,470,700 1,463,100 7,600 0.5% 1,456,500 1,458,200 1,461,500
Graph Follow link below for more charts & data Goods Producing Industries
go to Construction sector data table Construction 60,700 58,600 2,100 3.6% 60,700 59,500 1,200 2.0% 59,200 59,400 58,900
go to Manufacturing sector data table Manufacturing 164,000 159,100 4,900 3.1% 164,000 163,100 900 0.6% 162,800 162,600 162,800
Graph Follow link below for more charts & data Service Providing Industries
go to Transportation and Public Utilities sector data table Trade, Transportation and Utilities 299,500 297,800 1,700 0.6% 299,500 299,600 -100 -0.0% 297,600 298,700 300,200
go to Information sector data table Information 30,900 31,700 -800 -2.5% 30,900 30,700 200 0.7% 30,600 30,700 30,600
go to Financial Activities sector data table Financial Activities 127,900 128,000 -100 -0.1% 127,900 127,500 400 0.3% 127,600 128,400 128,900
go to Professional and Business Services sector data table Professional and Business Services 222,300 218,300 4,000 1.8% 222,300 221,200 1,100 0.5% 220,500 221,100 220,500
go to Educational and Health Services sector data table Educational and Health Services 341,100 334,900 6,200 1.9% 341,100 339,200 1,900 0.6% 338,800 338,500 338,500
go to Leisure and Hospitality sector data table Leisure and Hospitality 158,500 157,100 1,400 0.9% 158,500 156,100 2,400 1.5% 154,500 153,800 155,200
go to Other Services sector data table Other Services 65,200 65,200 0 0.0% 65,200 65,600 -400 -0.6% 64,400 64,400 65,300
go to Government sector data table Government 228,100 232,600 -4,500 -1.9% 228,100 229,600 -1,500 -0.7% 230,100 230,300 230,500
Graph Follow link below for more charts & data United States Employment
go to United States nonfarm employment data table United States Nonfarm Employment 148,912,000 146,538,000 2,374,000 1.6% 148,912,000 148,699,000 213,000 0.1% 148,439,000 148,280,000 148,125,000
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Connecticut has now recovered 87.8% (104,600 jobs) of the 1,9,100 seasonally adjusted jobs lost in the "Great Recession" (3/08-2/10). The job recovery is into its 100th month and the state needs an additional 14,500 net new jobs to reach an overall nonfarm employment expansion. The state's Private Sector has now recovered 111.2% (124,200) of the private sector jobs lost in that same employment downturn.

Connecticut's Recessionary Job Loss and Recovery March 2008 - May 2018

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Connecticut Labor Market Areas (LMAs): Four of the six LMAs that are seasonally adjusted by the Bureau of Labor Statistics saw job increases in June 2018 while the Waterbury LMA was unchanged. The Hartford-West Hartford-East Hartford LMA led gainers with 2,800 net new positions (0.5%, 579,900). The Bridgeport-Stamford-Norwalk LMA was next with 2,300 new jobs (0.6%, 407,900) and the Norwich-New London-Westerly LMA added 600 jobs, (0.5%, 131,600) and the Danbury LMA saw a small increase of 100 jobs (0.1%, 79,300) while the New Haven LMA saw a decline of 400 jobs over the month (-0.1%, 285,300).

June May April March June Over Month Over Year
Seasonally Adjusted data 2018 P 2018 R 2018 2018 2017 Change Rate   Change Rate
Bridgeport-Stamford-Norwalk 407,900 405,600 406,200 406,700 408,000 2,300 0.6% -100 0.0%
Danbury 79,300 79,200 78,900 79,000 78,200 100 0.1% 1,100 1.4%
Hartford 579,900 577,100 575,700 577,500 572,600 2,800 0.5% 7,300 1.3%
New Haven 285,300 285,700 285,300 283,200 284,800 -400 -0.1% 500 0.2%
Norwich-New London-Westerly, RI 131,600 131,000 130,900 130,700 130,600 600 0.5% 1,000 0.8%
Waterbury 66,500 66,500 66,300 66,500 67,300 0 0.0% -800 -1.2%
Not Seasonally Adjusted data (Non-Classified Areas, State estimated not BLS)
Enfield 45,300 45,400 45,600 44,800 45,200 -100 -0.2% 100 0.2%
Torrington-Northwest 33,400 32,900 31,900 31,600 33,500 500 1.5% -100 -0.3%
Danielson-Northeast 27,200 27,100 27,000 26,600 27,400 100 0.4% -200 -0.7%

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 33.8 hours in June 2018, up two-tenths of an hour from the same month a year ago (0.6%). Average hourly earnings at $31.31, not seasonally adjusted, were up $0.53 (1.7%) from the June 2017 estimate ($30.78). The resultant average Private Sector weekly pay amounted to $1,058.28, up $24.07 from a year ago (2.3%).

AVG WEEKLY EARNINGS AVG WEEKLY HOURS AVG HOURLY EARNINGS
Jun CHG May Jun CHG May Jun CHG May
(Not seasonally adjusted) 2018 2017 Y/Y 2018 2018 2017 Y/Y 2018 2018 2017 Y/Y 2018
PRODUCTION WORKER                      
MANUFACTURING $1,025.71 $1,052.50 -$26.79 $1,052.06 40.8 42.1 -1.3 41.0 $25.14 $25.00 $0.14 $25.66
DURABLE GOODS 1,105.32 1,069.34 35.98 1,127.76 41.9 42.3 -0.4 41.8 26.38 25.28 1.10 26.98
NON-DUR. GOODS 762.78 988.39 -225.61 803.92 37.1 41.2 -4.1 38.3 20.56 23.99 -3.43 20.99
CONSTRUCTION 1,217.19 1,156.99 60.20 1,188.62 40.6 39.8 0.8 39.7 29.98 29.07 0.91 29.94
                   
ALL EMPLOYEES                        
STATEWIDE                  
TOTAL PRIVATE 1,058.28 1,034.21 24.07 1,064.12 33.8 33.6 0.2 33.9 31.31 30.78 0.53 31.39
GOODS PRODUCING 1,262.61 1,219.53 43.08 1,273.41 38.6 39.1 -0.5 38.6 32.71 31.19 1.52 32.99
Construction 1,173.70 1,205.51 -31.81 1,161.39 38.8 38.9 -0.1 38.7 30.25 30.99 -0.74 30.01
Manufacturing 1,327.99 1,226.87 101.12 1,354.72 39.5 39.5 0.0 39.6 33.62 31.06 2.56 34.21
SERVICE PROVIDING 1,020.23 1,000.49 19.73 1,024.65 32.9 32.6 0.3 33.0 31.01 30.69 0.32 31.05
Trade, Transp., Utilities 881.45 851.11 30.35 862.92 33.3 32.3 1.0 33.1 26.47 26.35 0.12 26.07
Financial Activities 1,709.49 1,690.40 19.08 1,746.48 36.7 36.7 0.0 36.9 46.58 46.06 0.52 47.33
Prof. & Business Serv. 1,210.19 1,266.96 -56.77 1,232.89 34.4 35.8 -1.4 34.7 35.18 35.39 -0.21 35.53
Education & Health Ser. 952.88 922.49 30.40 944.42 32.4 32.3 0.1 32.6 29.41 28.56 0.85 28.97
Leisure & Hospitality 462.17 433.32 28.84 480.71 26.2 25.4 0.8 26.5 17.64 17.06 0.58 18.14
Other Services 787.43 799.10 -11.67 792.53 31.7 32.3 -0.6 31.6 24.84 24.74 0.10 25.08
LABOR MARKET AREAS: TOTAL PRIVATE              
Bridgeport-Stamford 1,148.50 1,129.30 19.20 1,162.72 33.7 33.6 0.1 33.8 34.08 33.61 0.47 34.40
Danbury 985.90 964.46 21.44 973.99 34.4 33.2 1.2 34.6 28.66 29.05 -0.39 28.15
Hartford 1,100.00 1,062.61 37.39 1,109.40 34.3 34.3 0.0 34.4 32.07 30.98 1.09 32.25
New Haven 1,010.66 994.03 16.62 1,011.03 33.3 32.4 0.9 33.5 30.35 30.68 -0.33 30.18
Norwich-New London 888.08 802.31 85.78 894.71 32.4 31.5 0.9 32.3 27.41 25.47 1.94 27.70
Waterbury 891.03 829.38 61.64 872.78 33.7 34.4 -0.7 34.2 26.44 24.11 2.33 25.52

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 12-month percent change in the Consumer Price Index for All Urban Consumers (CPI-U, U.S. City Average, not seasonally adjusted) in June 2018 was 2.9%.
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 State of Connecticut Unemployment Rate vs. United States Unemployment Rate
The June 2018 unemployment rate for Connecticut is estimated at 4.4% (seasonally adjusted), down one-tenth of a point from May 2018 and down three-tenths of a percentage point from a year ago when it was 4.7%. The US jobless rate in June 2018 was 4.0%, up two-tenths of a point from May 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
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
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
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
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 down 900 from May at 84,000 in June. Over the year, the number of the state's jobless residents declined by 5,600 (-6.3%). The state's labor force decreased by 1,900 (-0.1%) over the month, and is down over the year (-23,300, -1.2%).

June 2018 seasonally-adjusted average weekly initial unemployment claims for first-time filers in Connecticut grew by 69 claimants (2.2%) to 3,211 from May 2018, and were lower by 609 claims (-15.9%) from the June 2017 level of 3,820.

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 1,896.6 1,812.6 84.0
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
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
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
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
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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