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Education jobs in Connecticut climb

Posted on September 6, 2017

The number of education jobs in Connecticut has grown.

The US Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) show the state lost 600 net jobs (-0.04%) in July 2017, to a level of 1,692,200, seasonally adjusted. Over the year, nonagricultural employment in the state grew by 11,600 jobs (0.7%).

Private sector employment grew by 300 (0.02%) to 1,459,300 jobs over the month in July, and by 14,700 jobs (1.0%) over the year. The government supersector continued its decline by 900 (-0.4%) to 232,900 jobs last month and it remains down over the year (-3,100, -1.3%).

The government supersector, which includes all federal, state and local employment, including public higher education and Native American casinos located on tribal land, remains the largest source of job losses in 2017. Five of the ten major industry supersectors increased employment in July 2017, while five declined. Trade, transportation & utilities (2,200, 0.7%, 300,400 jobs) led gaining industries showing strength in both transportation & warehousing (1,100) and retail, (900). Other services gained 1,000 jobs (1.5%, 68,800). Education & health services grew by 800 (0.2%, 334,000) with most new jobs appearing in health services, (600).

Financial activities contributed 500 jobs (0.4%, 133,300) in July while the information supersector grew by 100 (0.3%). Leisure and hospitality (-2,000, -1.2%, 159,100) showed the largest decline in July, potentially a seasonal adjustment to very large growth in June. The entire decline came from the accommodations & food services component (-2,800, 2.1%).

Leisure and hospitality continues to lead all supersectors in numeric job growth over the year (4,800, 3.1% OTY).

The construction and mining sector shed 1,600 jobs (-2.6%, 59,500). The government sector continued to lose jobs in July (-900, -0.4%, 232,900) and it remains the sector with the largest declines over the year, (-3,100, -1.3%). Professional & business services dropped 500 jobs in July (-0.2%, 215,800) while manufacturing was off slightly (-200, -0.1%, 156,400).

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