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State of Connecticut Labor Situation Last Updated: November 18, 2022
Connecticut's private sector continues to increase payrolls (+1,100) in October 2022 Connecticut Labor Situation - September 2022 PDF
WETHERSFIELD, November 18, 2022 - Connecticut private sector payrolls increased 1,100 positions (0.1%) in October 2022 as the state's overall nonfarm employment grew by 500 jobs (0.03%) to a level of 1,668,200 last month (preliminary data, seasonally adjusted). Connecticut's nonfarm industry employment is now 36,600 (2.2%) positions above the October 2021 level. This is the tenth straight monthly nonfarm industry job gain in 2022. The Constitution State has now recovered 89.4% (258,600) of the 289,400 nonfarm positions lost during the 2020 COVID lockdown. The initially published September 2022 job gain of 4,400 (0.3%) was revised slightly lower by 100 positions to a still solid 4,300 monthly gain (0.3%). Connecticut's unemployment rate rose to 4.3% during the month from the 4.0% rate in September 2022. This release includes labor statistics received from two surveys prepared by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) in cooperation with the states.

"Private sector growth remained solid in October," said Patrick Flaherty, Director of the Office of Research at the Connecticut Department of Labor. "The industries hardest hit by the pandemic - Accommodation & Food Services and Health Care & Social Assistance - added the most jobs in October. Those with the largest October declines remain well above pre-pandemic levels."

Nonfarm Jobs Detail (business establishment survey)
Connecticut's Private Sector employment increased 1,100 jobs (0.1%) in October 2022 to 1,442,000 and is now higher by 35,800 positions (2.6%) from the October 2021 level. The state's Private Sector is 92.4% recovered from the April 2020 COVID employment loss trough. The government supersector was down last month, losing 600 jobs (-0.3%) to a level of 226,200. Total Government employment in the state is just 800 positions (0.4%) above the year-ago levels and the public sector is now only 55.5% recovered from the COVID lockdown period. The Government supersector in Connecticut includes all federal, state, local, and tribal government employment, including public education and Native American casino employment located on reservations.

Five of the ten major industry supersectors expanded employment, while four declined, and the Other Services supersector was unchanged in October 2022.

The five Connecticut industry supersectors that increased employment in October 2022 (including unchanged):

The four industry supersectors that lost in jobs in October 2022:

Labor Market Information - Connecticut, Employment Sectors & United States Nonfarm Employment
Year to Year Month to Month Previous Three Months
Oct 2022 Oct 2021 Change Rate % Oct 2022 Sep 2022 Change Rate % Aug 2022 Jul 2022 Jun 2022
Graph Follow link below for more charts & data State of Connecticut Employment
go to Connecticut nonfarm employment data table Connecticut Nonfarm Employment 1,668,200 1,631,600 36,600 2.2% 1,668,200 1,667,700 500 0.0% 1,663,400 1,661,000 1,652,300
go to Private Sector sector data table Private Sector 1,442,000 1,406,200 35,800 2.5% 1,442,000 1,440,900 1,100 0.1% 1,437,800 1,433,700 1,428,500
Graph Follow link below for more charts & data Goods Producing Industries
go to Construction sector data table Construction 62,900 60,800 2,100 3.5% 62,900 62,800 100 0.2% 61,700 61,000 59,200
go to Manufacturing sector data table Manufacturing 161,100 153,700 7,400 4.8% 161,100 160,300 800 0.5% 160,500 159,700 159,000
Graph Follow link below for more charts & data Service Providing Industries
go to Transportation and Public Utilities sector data table Trade, Transportation and Utilities 298,700 290,300 8,400 2.9% 298,700 299,600 -900 -0.3% 298,500 297,500 296,800
go to Information sector data table Information 30,900 30,100 800 2.7% 30,900 30,800 100 0.3% 30,300 30,100 30,200
go to Financial Activities sector data table Financial Activities 116,900 117,100 -200 -0.2% 116,900 117,700 -800 -0.7% 118,400 118,600 118,800
go to Professional and Business Services sector data table Professional and Business Services 218,300 215,800 2,500 1.2% 218,300 219,400 -1,100 -0.5% 220,000 219,900 218,500
go to Educational and Health Services sector data table Educational and Health Services 341,500 336,200 5,300 1.6% 341,500 340,100 1,400 0.4% 339,200 338,100 335,800
go to Leisure and Hospitality sector data table Leisure and Hospitality 150,600 141,900 8,700 6.1% 150,600 149,100 1,500 1.0% 148,400 148,000 148,100
go to Other Services sector data table Other Services 60,600 59,800 800 1.3% 60,600 60,600 0 0.0% 60,300 60,300 60,300
go to Government sector data table Government 226,200 225,400 800 0.4% 226,200 226,800 -600 -0.3% 225,600 227,300 223,800
Graph Follow link below for more charts & data United States Employment
go to United States nonfarm employment data table United States Nonfarm Employment 153,308,000 148,005,000 5,303,000 3.6% 153,308,000 153,047,000 261,000 0.2% 152,732,000 152,440,000 151,903,000
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Connecticut Labor Market Areas (LMAs): Five of the six larger Connecticut LMAs that are seasonally adjusted by the BLS posted nonfarm employment gains in October 2022, while just one declined. The Hartford-West Hartford-East Hartford LMA (0.4%, 572,800) led in numerical job gains (+2,100) while the Waterbury LMA (0.9%, 66,400) led in monthly percentage gains - increasing 600 positions. The Bridgeport-Stamford-Norwalk LMA (0.4%, 399,000) added 1,700 jobs and the New Haven LMA (0.5%, 297,700) increased 1,600 payrolls. The Danbury LMA (0.3%, 76,400) also added 200 jobs, however, the Norwich-New London-Westerly LMA (-0.2%, 121,300) declined slightly by 200 positions.

Labor Market Area employment estimates are made independently of Statewide estimates.
October September August July October Over Month Over Year
Seasonally Adjusted data   2022 P 2022 R 2022 2022 2021 Change Rate   Change Rate  
  Bridgeport-Stamford-Norwalk 399,000 397,300 399,200 393,500 392,800 1,700 0.4% 6,200 1.6%
  Danbury  76,400 76,200 76,000 75,500 74,900 200 0.3% 1,500 2.0%
  Hartford 572,800 570,700 570,200 569,700 563,400 2,100 0.4% 9,400 1.7%
  New Haven 297,700 296,100 294,000 293,600 289,700 1,600 0.5% 8,000 2.8%
  Norwich-New London-Westerly, RI  121,300 121,500 120,900 120,100 119,200 -200 -0.2% 2,100 1.8%
  Waterbury  66,400 65,800 66,200 65,800 65,000 600 0.9% 1,400 2.2%
Not Seasonally Adjusted data (Non-Classified Areas, State estimated - not BLS)
  Enfield 42,500 42,200 42,200 42,100 41,800 300 0.7% 700 1.7%
  Torrington-Northwest 33,200 33,200 33,000 33,400 32,100 0 0.0% 1,100 3.4%
  Danielson-Northeast 27,100 27,100 27,200 27,100 26,400 0 0.0% 700 2.7%
* 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 October 2022 Private Sector workweek, not seasonally adjusted, averaged 34.1 hours, which is higher by two-tenths of an hour (0.6%) from the October 2021 estimate (33.9). Average hourly earnings at $35.36, not seasonally adjusted, were up by $1.18 (3.5%) from the October 2021 estimate of $34.18. The resultant October 2022 Private Sector weekly wage averaged $1,205.78, higher by $47.08 from a year ago (4.1%, $1,158.70).

   AVG WEEKLY EARNINGS    AVG WEEKLY HOURS   AVG HOURLY EARNINGS
Oct CHG Sep             Oct CHG Sep               Oct CHG Sep
(Not seasonally adjusted) 2022 2021 Y/Y 2022 2022 2021 Y/Y 2022 2022 2021 Y/Y 2022
PRODUCTION WORKER                      
MANUFACTURING $1,148.00 $1,102.82 $45.18 $1,153.33 41.0 38.9 2.1 41.0 $28.00 $28.35 -$0.35 $28.13
 DURABLE GOODS 1,207.61 1,198.92 8.69 1,225.44 41.3 38.8 2.5 41.4 29.24 30.90 -1.66 29.60
 NON-DUR. GOODS 982.11 818.50 163.62 955.18 40.3 39.2 1.1 40.1 24.37 20.88 3.49 23.82
CONSTRUCTION 1,386.23 1,506.34 -120.10 1,373.00 38.7 41.6 -2.9 38.6 35.82 36.21 -0.39 35.57
                   
ALL EMPLOYEES                        
STATEWIDE                  
TOTAL PRIVATE 1,205.78 1,158.70 47.08 1,185.37 34.1 33.9 0.2 33.8 35.36 34.18 1.18 35.07
GOODS PRODUCING 1,486.76 1,484.14 2.62 1,478.57 40.5 39.8 0.7 39.8 36.71 37.29 -0.58 37.15
   Construction 1,518.66 1,511.41 7.25 1,532.72 39.6 39.9 -0.3 39.2 38.35 37.88 0.47 39.10
   Manufacturing 1,406.00 1,420.30 -14.30 1,405.60 40.0 39.3 0.7 40.0 35.15 36.14 -0.99 35.14
SERVICE PROVIDING 1,153.15 1,098.80 54.35 1,131.42 32.9 32.8 0.1 32.7 35.05 33.50 1.55 34.60
   Trade, Transp., Utilities 916.49 943.77 -27.28 915.18 31.9 32.6 -0.7 31.7 28.73 28.95 -0.22 28.87
   Financial Activities 2,104.12 1,963.28 140.84 1,950.79 38.7 38.9 -0.2 37.3 54.37 50.47 3.90 52.30
   Prof. & Business Serv. 1,484.76 1,324.58 160.18 1,446.21 36.4 35.2 1.2 35.7 40.79 37.63 3.16 40.51
   Education & Health Ser. 1,103.90 1,076.13 27.77 1,094.24 33.3 33.0 0.3 33.3 33.15 32.61 0.54 32.86
   Leisure & Hospitality 545.38 541.78 3.60 541.58 24.7 26.3 -1.6 24.9 22.08 20.60 1.48 21.75
   Other Services 983.42 877.61 105.81 1,021.44 31.2 31.0 0.2 32.0 31.52 28.31 3.21 31.92
LABOR MARKET AREAS: TOTAL PRIVATE              
   Bridgeport-Stamford 1,322.59 1,277.47 45.12 1,300.82 33.8 33.6 0.2 33.7 39.13 38.02 1.11 38.60
   Danbury 1,269.36 1,180.60 88.76 1,292.41 36.9 35.7 1.2 37.0 34.40 33.07 1.33 34.93
   Hartford 1,249.41 1,199.91 49.50 1,225.39 34.4 34.5 -0.1 34.2 36.32 34.78 1.54 35.83
   New Haven 1,130.90 1,133.99 -3.09 1,123.56 33.9 33.8 0.1 33.7 33.36 33.55 -0.19 33.34
   Norwich-New London 979.69 921.35 58.34 966.53 32.1 32.8 -0.7 32.1 30.52 28.09 2.43 30.11
   Waterbury 956.67 914.19 42.48 945.42 33.0 31.0 2.0 32.3 28.99 29.49 -0.50 29.27

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) rose 0.4 percent in October on a seasonally adjusted basis, the same increase as in September, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reported today. Over the last 12 months, the all items index increased 7.7 percent before seasonal adjustment.

The index for shelter contributed over half of the monthly all items increase, with the indexes for gasoline and food also increasing. The energy index increased 1.8 percent over the month as the gasoline index and the electricity index rose, but the natural gas index decreased. The food index increased 0.6 percent over the month with the food at home index rising 0.4 percent.

The index for all items less food and energy rose 0.3 percent in October, after rising 0.6 percent in September. The indexes for shelter, motor vehicle insurance, recreation, new vehicles, and personal care were among those that increased over the month. Indexes which declined in October included the used cars and trucks, medical care, apparel, and airline fares indexes.

The all items index increased 7.7 percent for the 12 months ending October, this was the smallest 12-month increase since the period ending January 2022. The all items less food and energy index rose 6.3 percent over the last 12 months. The energy index increased 17.6 percent for the 12 months ending October, and the food index increased 10.9 percent over the last year; all of these increases were smaller than for the period ending September.


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 State of Connecticut Unemployment Rate vs. United States Unemployment Rate
The October 2022 unemployment rate for Connecticut was estimated by the BLS Local Area Unemployment Statistics program (LAUS) to be 4.3% (seasonally adjusted). This is higher by three-tenths of a percentage point from the September 2022 level of 4.0%. The Connecticut unemployment rate was 5.4% in October 2021. The jobless rate was 3.4% in February 2020 (pre-COVID). The U.S. unemployment rate for October 2022 was 3.7%, up two-tenths of a percent from September 2022 but lower from the October 2021 jobless rate of 4.6%. The increase in the number of Connecticut's unemployed this month was considered statistically significant (4,500). The number unemployed has dropped by 19,500 in the past year. The labor force increased by 300 and is now up by more than 50,000 so far in 2022.
Month 2015 2016 2017 2018 2019 2020 2021 2022
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  6.0 5.7 -0.3 5.2 4.8 -0.4 4.6 4.7 0.1 4.2 4.0 -0.2 3.7 4.0 0.3 3.4 3.5 0.1 7.3 6.4 -0.9 5.3 4.0 -1.3
Feb  5.9 5.5 -0.4 5.2 4.9 -0.3 4.5 4.6 0.1 4.2 4.1 -0.1 3.6 3.8 0.2 3.4 3.5 0.1 7.2 6.2 -1.0 4.9 3.8 -1.1
Mar  5.8 5.4 -0.4 5.1 5.0 -0.1 4.5 4.4 -0.1 4.1 4.0 -0.1 3.6 3.8 0.2 3.4 4.4 1.0 7.0 6.0 -1.0 4.6 3.6 -1.0
Apr  5.8 5.4 -0.4 5.0 5.1 0.1 4.5 4.4 -0.1 4.0 4.0 0.0 3.5 3.6 0.1 8.0 14.7 6.7 7.0 6.0 -1.0 4.4 3.6 -0.8
May  5.7 5.6 -0.1 4.9 4.8 -0.1 4.4 4.4 0.0 4.0 3.8 -0.2 3.5 3.6 0.1 11.4 13.2 1.8 6.7 5.8 -0.9 4.2 3.6 -0.6
Jun  5.6 5.3 -0.3 4.9 4.9 0.0 4.4 4.3 -0.1 3.9 4.0 0.1 3.5 3.6 0.1 11.1 11.0 -0.1 6.7 5.9 -0.8 4.0 3.6 -0.4
Jul  5.6 5.2 -0.4 4.8 4.8 0.0 4.4 4.3 -0.1 3.9 3.8 -0.1 3.5 3.7 0.2 11.2 10.2 -1.0 6.3 5.4 -0.9 3.7 3.5 -0.2
Aug  5.5 5.1 -0.4 4.7 4.9 0.2 4.4 4.4 0.0 3.8 3.8 0.0 3.5 3.7 0.2 9.5 8.4 -1.1 6.1 5.2 -0.9 4.1 3.7 -0.4
Sep  5.4 5.0 -0.4 4.7 5.0 0.3 4.4 4.3 -0.1 3.8 3.7 -0.1 3.5 3.5 0.0 8.9 7.9 -1.0 5.6 4.7 -0.9 4.0 3.5 -0.5
Oct  5.4 5.0 -0.4 4.7 4.9 0.2 4.3 4.2 -0.1 3.8 3.8 0.0 3.5 3.6 0.1 8.1 6.9 -1.2 5.4 4.6 -0.8 4.3 3.7 -0.6
Nov  5.4 5.1 -0.3 4.6 4.7 0.1 4.3 4.2 -0.1 3.8 3.8 0.0 3.5 3.6 0.1 7.8 6.7 -1.1 5.2 4.2 -1.0
Dec  5.3 5.0 -0.3 4.6 4.7 0.1 4.3 4.1 -0.2 3.7 3.9 0.2 3.5 3.6 0.1 7.7 6.7 -1.0 5.1 3.9 -1.2

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
Unemployment claims for first-time filers (seasonally adjusted) in Connecticut were an average of 3,459 per week in October 2022, down by 711 (-17.1%) from the September 2022 (4,170) level and slightly lower by 13 (-0.4%) than the average weekly count of 3,472 in October 2021.
Month  2016 2017 2018 2019 2020 2021 2022
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   1,885.9 1,787.0 98.9 1,924.2 1,836.3 87.9 1,914.1 1,833.5 80.6 1,942.9 1,871.4 71.6 1,955.9 1,888.5 67.4 1,847.2 1,712.3 134.9 1,867.3 1,768.5 98.8
Feb   1,886.9 1,789.4 97.5 1,927.4 1,840.1 87.3 1,917.0 1,837.4 79.6 1,943.6 1,873.1 70.4 1,950.8 1,883.9 66.8 1,846.7 1,714.6 132.1 1,869.1 1,778.0 91.1
Mar   1,888.1 1,792.1 96.0 1,929.7 1,842.9 86.8 1,921.3 1,842.8 78.6 1,944.2 1,874.9 69.3 1,944.8 1,878.9 65.9 1,847.9 1,718.9 129.0 1,879.3 1,793.2 86.1
Apr   1,889.3 1,794.8 94.5 1,930.6 1,844.3 86.2 1,926.1 1,848.6 77.5 1,945.1 1,876.8 68.3 1,840.8 1,694.4 146.4 1,853.8 1,724.2 129.5 1,887.9 1,804.2 83.7
May   1,890.7 1,797.5 93.2 1,930.1 1,844.5 85.6 1,930.1 1,853.6 76.5 1,946.7 1,879.0 67.7 1,915.3 1,696.3 219.0 1,853.9 1,730.2 123.7 1,895.1 1,816.4 78.7
Jun   1,892.1 1,800.1 92.0 1,928.2 1,843.2 85.0 1,933.0 1,857.5 75.5 1,948.9 1,881.3 67.6 1,908.3 1,697.0 211.4 1,861.5 1,736.4 125.0 1,901.3 1,825.3 76.0
Jul   1,893.5 1,802.7 90.9 1,925.5 1,840.9 84.6 1,935.0 1,860.4 74.6 1,951.2 1,883.2 68.0 1,916.7 1,702.6 214.1 1,859.9 1,742.2 117.7 1,900.0 1,828.8 71.2
Aug   1,895.0 1,805.2 89.8 1,922.2 1,838.0 84.2 1,936.5 1,862.7 73.8 1,953.3 1,885.0 68.4 1,884.3 1,705.7 178.6 1,861.4 1,748.7 112.7 1,905.5 1,827.8 77.7
Sep   1,896.7 1,807.6 89.0 1,918.8 1,835.0 83.7 1,938.0 1,864.6 73.4 1,955.5 1,887.1 68.4 1,878.4 1,710.5 168.0 1,859.1 1,754.4 104.6 1,903.5 1,826.6 76.9
Oct   1,898.6 1,810.0 88.6 1,915.9 1,832.7 83.1 1,939.3 1,866.2 73.1 1,957.6 1,889.4 68.2 1,861.1 1,710.9 150.1 1,860.5 1,759.6 100.9 1,903.8 1,822.4 81.4
Nov   1,900.8 1,812.7 88.1 1,913.9 1,831.4 82.5 1,940.7 1,867.8 72.8 1,959.2 1,891.1 68.1 1,856.1 1,711.5 144.6 1,856.3 1,759.7 96.6
Dec   1,903.6 1,815.9 87.7 1,913.2 1,831.6 81.6 1,941.9 1,869.6 72.3 1,958.8 1,891.0 67.9 1,853.8 1,711.5 142.3 1,853.7 1,759.1 94.7
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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Next Connecticut Labor Situation release: Thursday, December 15, 2022 (November 2022, preliminary data)
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