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May 19, 2022

CT added 1,600 jobs in April; unemployment rate falls to 4.4%

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Job growth slowed in Connecticut during the month of April as the state added 1,600 jobs, according to the state Department of Labor. 
Connecticut’s unemployment rate shrunk from 4.6% to 4.4%, the labor department said. The private sector led the way with a gain of 1,900 new jobs, while the government sector shed a net 300 jobs. 

Labor officials also said they revised March’s job gains downward  from 4,600 new positions created to 3,700. 

Despite the growth, Connecticut still has only recovered 82.1% of the 289,400 jobs lost during March and April 2020, when the pandemic temporarily shut down significant parts of the state’s economy.
"April's job growth builds on the momentum we saw in February and March," said Patrick Flaherty, director of the Office of Research at the Connecticut Department of Labor. "Manufacturing employment has increased for eight consecutive months while wholesale trade joins administrative and support services and construction as industries that have more than fully recovered the jobs lost during the COVID shutdown. Recent claims data suggest the unemployment rate will remain on its downward path."

In April, five of the 10 major industry supersectors generated employment gains, while five declined.

The sectors that gained jobs included:

  • Leisure and hospitality +3,000, 2.1%, 147,500
  • Manufacturing +1,000, 0.6%, 159,300
  • Financial activities +600, 0.5%, 118,500
  • Other services +400, 0.7%, 60,400
  • Construction and mining +300, 0.5%, 63,200

The sectors that lost jobs included: 

  • Trade, transportation & utilities -1,200, -0.4%, 295,100
  • Information -1,000, -3.2%, 29,800
  • Professional and business services -800, -0.4%, 215,000
  • Educational and health services -400, -0.1%, 334,000
  • Government -300, -0.1%, 224,300

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