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July 22, 2022

These CT industry sectors added the most jobs in June

HBJ PHOTO | STEVE LASCHEVER Carey Manufacturing employees Stephen Ritter (left) and Michael Fitzpatrick at work on the company’s Cromwell manufacturing floor.

Job growth held steady in Connecticut during the month of June as the state added 1,700 jobs, according to the state Department of Labor. 

Connecticut’s unemployment rate shrunk from 4.2% to 4%, the labor department said. The private sector led the way with a gain of 900 new jobs, while the government sector added a net 800 jobs. 

Labor officials also said they revised May’s job gains upward  from 1,600 new positions created to 2,400. 

Despite the growth, Connecticut still has only recovered 83.4% of the 289,400 jobs lost during March and April 2020, when the pandemic temporarily shut down significant parts of the state’s economy. The private sector is 86.9% recovered from the April 2020 COVID employment trough.

"Connecticut gained jobs every month in the first half of 2022 and the unemployment rate has fallen five months in a row," said Patrick Flaherty, director of the Office of Research at the Connecticut Department of Labor. "Manufacturing continues to be a star performer with jobs up 3,400 since December. Labor force growth also accelerated in 2022, increasing an average of 7,900 per month so far this year."

In June, seven of the 10 major industry supersectors generated employment gains or remain unchanged, while three declined.

The sectors that gained jobs included:

  • Professional and Business Services +1,300, 0.6%, 218,200
  • Government +800, 0.4%, 223,500
  • Educational and Health Services +700, 0.2%, 335,800
  • Manufacturing +600, 0.4%, 159,800
  • Trade, Transportation & Utilities +300, 0.1%, 295,900
  • Financial Activities +100, 0.1%, 119,300
  • Other Services unchanged, 0.0%, 61,000

The sectors that lost jobs included: 

  • Construction and Mining -1,800, -2.9%, 59,800
  • Leisure and Hospitality -200, -0.1%, 147,400
  • Information -100, -0.3%, 30,300

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