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May 27, 2022

BLS: CT has 110,000 open jobs; 36k workers quit in March

The state’s labor shortage is showing few signs of abating, with new federal data indicating Connecticut had 110,000 open positions at the end of March. 

That number was slightly better than the 111,000 open jobs in February and 112,000 available positions in January, according to recently released data from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. In March 2021, the state reported 91,000 open jobs. 

Nationally, there were 11.5 million jobs open in the United States at the end of March, as the state and country grapple with labor shortages impacting a wide range of industries. 

In March, job opening rates increased in eight states, decreased in three states, and were little changed in 39 states and the District of Columbia, BLS data shows.  

In addition, an estimated 36,000 Connecticut workers quit their jobs in March, BLS data shows, with about 112,000 quitting during the first three months of 2022. In March 2021, 32,000 Connecticut workers quit their jobs. 

The number of hires in Connecticut increased slightly to 64,000 compared to 62,000 in February. 

Connecticut companies also collectively laid off 15,000 residents last month, down slightly from 16,000 layoffs in February and 18,000 layoffs in March 2021. 

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