4,100 CT jobs added in May

BY Gregory Seay

Connecticut employers added 4,100 jobs in May, but the unemployment rate stayed at 4.5 percent, state labor authorities say.

Nonfarm employment totaled a seasonally adjusted 1,690,700 jobs last month -- 11,500 more than existed in May 2017, the state Department of Labor (DOL) said Thursday.

Trade, transportation and utilities paced the five out of 10 job "supersectors'' that gained jobs last month.

Mining and construction led four supersectors that declined.

The manufacturing supersector was unchanged.

"May's increase of 4,100 jobs overcame most of the decline we saw in March and April," said DOL research director Andy Condon. "There was surprising strength in retail trade and a good showing for financial activities, both of which are now ahead of last year's pace."

The U.S. jobless rate in May was 3.8 percent, with the addition of 223,000 jobs.