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State of Connecticut Labor Situation Last Updated: September 20, 2018
Nonfarm jobs grow by 1,100 in August; unemployment rate falls to 4.3% Connecticut Labor Situation - August 2018 PDF
WETHERSFIELD, September 20, 2018 - Preliminary Connecticut nonfarm job estimates from the business payroll survey administered by the US Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) show the state gained 1,100 net jobs (0.1%) in August 2018, to a level of 1,699,600, seasonally adjusted. Over the year, nonagricultural employment in the state grew by 18,800 jobs (1.1%). The July 2018 originally-released job decline of 1,200 was revised up to a gain of 500 over the month. The number of the state's unemployed residents was estimated at 80,900, seasonally adjusted, down 1,900 from July. As a result, Connecticut's August unemployment rate dropped by one-tenth of a point to 4.3%, 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.

"After dips in March and April, we have now seen four straight months of employment gains in Connecticut," said Andy Condon, Director of the Office of Research. "On an annual basis, the construction, manufacturing, education & health services and leisure & hospitality sectors are all showing good growth. However, financial activities, a traditional employment foundation in Connecticut, continues to show some weakness."

Nonfarm Jobs Detail (business establishment survey)
Private Sector grew by 1,900 (0.1%) to 1,472,900 jobs over the month in August, and added 23,900 (1.6%) seasonally-adjusted jobs over the year. The Government supersector continues to slip with a loss of 800 in August to a total of 226,700, with over-the-year losses at -5,100 or -2.2%. 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 August, while four declined. The Educational and Health Services supersector led growing industries with 1,000 net new jobs (0.3%, 342,400 total jobs), while Leisure and Hospitality added 700 jobs, (0.4%, 161,300). Professional and Business Services (0.2%, 222,800) and Construction and Mining (0.8%, 62,600 jobs) were next, adding 500 new positions each. The Financial Activities supersector contributed 200 new jobs (0.2%, 127,300) while the Other Services supersector added 100 jobs (0.2%, 65,100) in August.

In addition to the Government supersector mentioned above, the Trade, Transportation & Utilities supersector lost 900 jobs (-0.3%, 297,200) in August, while Manufacturing (-0.1%, 163,500) and Information (-0.3%, 30,700) both saw small losses of 100.

Labor Market Information - Connecticut, Employment Sectors & United States Nonfarm Employment
Year to Year Month to Month Previous Three Months
Aug 2018 Aug 2017 Change Rate % Aug 2018 Jul 2018 Change Rate % Jun 2018 May 2018 Apr 2018
Graph Follow link below for more charts & data State of Connecticut Employment
go to Connecticut nonfarm employment data table Connecticut Nonfarm Employment 1,699,600 1,680,800 18,800 1.1% 1,699,600 1,698,500 1,100 0.1% 1,698,000 1,692,700 1,686,600
go to Private Sector sector data table Private Sector 1,472,900 1,449,000 23,900 1.6% 1,472,900 1,471,000 1,900 0.1% 1,470,000 1,463,100 1,456,500
Graph Follow link below for more charts & data Goods Producing Industries
go to Construction sector data table Construction 62,000 58,300 3,700 6.3% 62,000 61,500 500 0.8% 61,000 59,500 59,200
go to Manufacturing sector data table Manufacturing 163,500 159,300 4,200 2.6% 163,500 163,600 -100 -0.1% 163,700 163,100 162,800
Graph Follow link below for more charts & data Service Providing Industries
go to Transportation and Public Utilities sector data table Trade, Transportation and Utilities 297,200 298,100 -900 -0.3% 297,200 298,100 -900 -0.3% 299,300 299,600 297,600
go to Information sector data table Information 30,700 31,200 -500 -1.6% 30,700 30,800 -100 -0.3% 30,900 30,700 30,600
go to Financial Activities sector data table Financial Activities 127,300 127,800 -500 -0.4% 127,300 127,100 200 0.2% 127,400 127,500 127,600
go to Professional and Business Services sector data table Professional and Business Services 222,800 217,900 4,900 2.2% 222,800 222,300 500 0.2% 222,700 221,200 220,500
go to Educational and Health Services sector data table Educational and Health Services 342,400 333,800 8,600 2.6% 342,400 341,400 1,000 0.3% 340,800 339,200 338,800
go to Leisure and Hospitality sector data table Leisure and Hospitality 161,300 156,900 4,400 2.8% 161,300 160,600 700 0.4% 158,300 156,100 154,500
go to Other Services sector data table Other Services 65,100 65,100 0 0.0% 65,100 65,000 100 0.2% 65,300 65,600 64,400
go to Government sector data table Government 226,700 231,800 -5,100 -2.2% 226,700 227,500 -800 -0.4% 228,000 229,600 230,100
Graph Follow link below for more charts & data United States Employment
go to United States nonfarm employment data table United States Nonfarm Employment 149,279,000 146,949,000 2,330,000 1.6% 149,279,000 149,078,000 201,000 0.1% 148,931,000 148,723,000 148,455,000
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Connecticut has now recovered 88.5% (105,400 jobs) of the 119,100 seasonally adjusted jobs lost in the "Great Recession" (3/08-2/10). The job recovery is into its 102nd month and the state needs an additional 13,700 net new jobs to reach an overall nonfarm employment expansion. The state's Private Sector continues its expansion from the recession and is at 113.2% (126,400) of the private sector jobs lost in that same employment downturn.

Connecticut's Recessionary Job Loss and Recovery March 2008 - August 2018
Connecticut's Recessionary Job Loss and Recovery  March 2008 - August 2018
March
2008
February
2010
August
2018
Jobs Lost Recovered
Jobs Percent
CT Nonfarm Employment 1,713.3 1,594.2 1,699.6 -119.1 105.4 88.5%
Total Private Sector 1,458.2 1,346.5 1,472.9 -111.7 126.4 113.2%
* March 2008 was employment peak. February 2010 was employment trough.    Last Updated: September 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 August 2018. Two LMAs saw declines and the Danbury LMA was unchanged at 79,100 jobs. The Hartford-West Hartford-East Hartford LMA posted 1,000 net new positions (0.2%, 580,800). The Bridgeport-Stamford-Norwalk LMA was next, adding 900 jobs (0.2%, 408,100), and the Waterbury LMA added 700 new jobs (1.1%, 67,200). The Norwich-New London-Westerly LMA saw a 200 job loss (-0.2%, 131,800) and the New Haven LMA (-0.0%, 286,100) saw a small decline of 100 jobs.

August July June May August Over Month Over Year
Seasonally Adjusted data 2018 P 2018 R 2018 2018 2017 Change Rate   Change Rate
Bridgeport-Stamford-Norwalk 408,100 407,200 407,800 405,600 406,600 900 0.2% 1,500 0.4%
Danbury 79,100 79,100 79,300 79,200 78,100 0 0.0% 1,000 1.3%
Hartford 580,800 579,800 580,300 577,100 571,500 1,000 0.2% 9,300 1.6%
New Haven 286,100 286,200 285,200 285,700 285,500 -100 0.0% 600 0.2%
Norwich-New London-Westerly, RI 131,800 132,000 131,500 131,000 130,300 -200 -0.2% 1,500 1.2%
Waterbury 67,200 66,500 66,500 66,500 67,200 700 1.1% 0 0.0%
Not Seasonally Adjusted data (Non-Classified Areas, State estimated not BLS)
Enfield 44,800 44,900 45,300 45,400 44,400 -100 -0.2% 400 0.9%
Torrington-Northwest 33,400 33,700 33,500 32,900 33,200 -300 -0.9% 200 0.6%
Danielson-Northeast 26,900 26,800 27,200 27,100 26,900 100 0.4% 0 0.0%

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 34.1 hours in August 2018, up three-tenths of an hour from the same month a year ago (0.9%). Average hourly earnings at $31.53, not seasonally adjusted, were up $0.71 (2.3%) from the August 2017 estimate ($30.82). The resultant average Private Sector weekly pay amounted to $1,075.17, up $33.45 from a year ago (3.2%).

AVG WEEKLY EARNINGS AVG WEEKLY HOURS AVG HOURLY EARNINGS
Aug CHG Jul Aug CHG Jul Aug CHG Jul
(Not seasonally adjusted) 2018 2017 Y/Y 2018 2018 2017 Y/Y 2018 2018 2017 Y/Y 2018
PRODUCTION WORKER                      
MANUFACTURING $1,074.85 $1,069.24 $5.61 $1,060.90 41.5 41.8 -0.3 41.2 $25.90 $25.58 $0.32 $25.75
DURABLE GOODS 1,167.06 1,096.28 70.77 1,135.71 42.3 42.1 0.2 41.8 27.59 26.04 1.55 27.17
NON-DUR. GOODS 781.89 969.93 -188.04 812.89 38.9 40.6 -1.7 39.1 20.10 23.89 -3.79 20.79
CONSTRUCTION 1,231.87 1,169.20 62.67 1,244.51 40.1 39.5 0.6 41.1 30.72 29.60 1.12 30.28
                   
ALL EMPLOYEES                        
STATEWIDE                  
TOTAL PRIVATE 1,075.17 1,041.72 33.46 1,092.80 34.1 33.8 0.3 34.3 31.53 30.82 0.71 31.86
GOODS PRODUCING 1,317.89 1,231.65 86.24 1,324.22 39.6 39.1 0.5 39.6 33.28 31.50 1.78 33.44
Construction 1,244.21 1,221.00 23.20 1,237.90 38.7 38.3 0.4 39.6 32.15 31.88 0.27 31.26
Manufacturing 1,383.14 1,235.86 147.28 1,384.29 41.3 39.7 1.6 40.5 33.49 31.13 2.36 34.18
SERVICE PROVIDING 1,030.73 1,005.98 24.76 1,049.62 33.1 32.8 0.3 33.3 31.14 30.67 0.47 31.52
Trade, Transp., Utilities 892.38 850.18 42.20 896.80 33.7 32.4 1.3 33.5 26.48 26.24 0.24 26.77
Financial Activities 1,732.91 1,729.75 3.16 1,824.76 36.8 37.0 -0.2 38.0 47.09 46.75 0.34 48.02
Prof. & Business Serv. 1,231.03 1,249.50 -18.47 1,258.92 34.3 35.7 -1.4 34.7 35.89 35.00 0.89 36.28
Education & Health Ser. 957.78 927.88 29.91 954.53 32.7 32.5 0.2 32.6 29.29 28.55 0.74 29.28
Leisure & Hospitality 465.34 435.36 29.98 478.82 26.5 25.7 0.8 26.9 17.56 16.94 0.62 17.80
Other Services 787.69 807.83 -20.14 801.25 31.8 32.6 -0.8 32.4 24.77 24.78 -0.01 24.73
LABOR MARKET AREAS: TOTAL PRIVATE              
Bridgeport-Stamford 1,160.40 1,127.28 33.12 1,188.84 33.9 33.6 0.3 34.3 34.23 33.55 0.68 34.66
Danbury 1,007.69 927.46 80.23 978.14 34.7 33.1 1.6 34.6 29.04 28.02 1.02 28.27
Hartford 1,121.50 1,075.99 45.51 1,145.55 34.7 34.3 0.4 35.0 32.32 31.37 0.95 32.73
New Haven 1,024.46 998.33 26.13 1,018.74 33.6 32.7 0.9 33.5 30.49 30.53 -0.04 30.41
Norwich-New London 859.39 812.49 46.89 867.02 31.9 31.9 0.0 32.1 26.94 25.47 1.47 27.01
Waterbury 909.04 843.78 65.26 930.22 34.2 34.3 -0.1 33.9 26.58 24.60 1.98 27.44

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 increased 0.2 percent in August on a seasonally adjusted basis, the same increase as in July, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reported today. Over the last 12 months, the all items index rose 2.7 percent before seasonal adjustment.
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 State of Connecticut Unemployment Rate vs. United States Unemployment Rate
The August 2018 unemployment rate for Connecticut is estimated at 4.3% (seasonally adjusted), down one-tenth of a point from July 2018 and down two-tenths of a percentage point from a year ago when it was 4.5%. The US jobless rate in August 2018 was 3.9%, unchanged from July 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
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 1,900 from July at 80,900 in August. Over the year, the number of the state's jobless residents declined by 6,100 (-7.0%). The state's labor force increased for the second month in a row by 700 (0.0%) over the month, but is down over the year (-15,100, -0.8%).

August 2018 seasonally-adjusted average weekly initial unemployment claims for first-time filers in Connecticut fell by 339 claimants (-9.8%) to 3,106 from July 2018, and were lower by 505 claims (-14.0%) from the August 2017 level of 3,611.

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 1,818.3 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
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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