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August 19, 2021

CT added 9,400 jobs in July

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Connecticut added 9,400 non-farm jobs in July, the state’s most robust performance in months, bringing the official unemployment rate down from 7.9% to 7.3%.

Private employers added 6,400 jobs, according to the state Department of Labor, while the government supersector — which includes federal, state and local agencies and schools — added 3,000 positions.

“Jobs are up nearly 30,000 since December while the unemployment rate has fallen 1.2% points in just five months” said Patrick Flaherty, director of the Labor Department’s Office of Research. “Some industries that were hit hardest by the pandemic, such as accommodation and food services and retail trade, have now recovered more than 70% of the jobs lost due to the COVID shutdown.”

Government led the way in hiring in July, adding 3,000 jobs. The education, construction, trade, utilities, transportation, professional services and hospitality industries also reported gains.

The financial services sector, meanwhile, shed 600 jobs, while manufacturing positions decreased by 200.

The state has now recovered 196,400 — or 67.2% — of the 292,400 jobs lost during the pandemic lockdowns of March and April 2020, labor officials reported.

Connecticut still trails the U.S. average unemployment rate, which as of July stood at 5.4%.

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