July 20, 2017

CT's job gains continued in June


Connecticut added 7,000 jobs in June and the private sector appears closer to fully recovering all the jobs lost during the Great Recession, state labor authorities say.

The state counted a preliminary estimate of 1,694,200 people employed in non-farm jobs last month -- 15,400 more gainfully employed than in June 2016, the state Department of Labor said Thursday.

Despite the gain, Connecticut's unemployment rate ticked up slightly, to 5 percent in June vs. 4.9 percent in May. The state's jobless rate was 5.8 percent in June 2016.

The state labor agency also revised downward by 1,100 jobs its May non-agriculture employment gain, to 5,600 net jobs gained.

Seven of the 10 employment "supersectors" gained jobs in June, the labor department said. The government supersector, including state, local and federal employment, continues to lead supersectors that lost jobs last month.

"June showed another sharp increase in payroll jobs over May and private sector jobs have now completely recovered from the 2008 – 2010 employment recession, although these numbers are preliminary and subject to revision," said Andy Condon, director of the labor agency's Office of Research. "Our unemployment data continues to show growth in the labor force and employment, indicating that workers are entering or rejoining the labor force and most are finding jobs."

According to the state, Connecticut to date has recovered 84 percent, or 100,000, of the 119,100 seasonally adjusted jobs lost in the Great Recession from March 2008 to Feb. 2010.

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