March 13, 2018

New Haven region adds 1,000 new jobs in January, second highest in state

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New Haven region added 1,000 jobs in January

The New Haven area had the second highest job growth rate in the state in January, adding 1,000 new positions during the month, according to the state Department of Labor.

The Hartford region led the way, with 2,500 new jobs, with the Danbury adding 500 positions for third place, the Labor Department said. The Bridgeport-Stamford and Waterbury regions were unchanged, while Norwich-New London saw a small decline, officials said.

Overall, Connecticut picked up 3,400 jobs in January. While the unemployment rate remained static at 4.5 percent, it has improved from 4.9 percent a year ago, the Labor Department said. Most of the jobs increase occurred in the private sector, said Andy Condon, director of the Labor Department's Office of Research. Government, meanwhile, shed 300 jobs, the department said.

The increase in private sector employment means that the state has now recovered all the private sector positions lost in the 2008 financial crisis. Public sector employment, however, continues to lag. As a result, the state has just 79.6 percent of the positions that it had before the Great Recession, the department said.

Workforce participation fell slightly and is down 0.7 percent since January 2017. Average hourly wages were 31.55, up 19 cents over the same period a month ago.

Christopher Hoffman can be reached at

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