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Transportation jobs in Connecticut grow

Posted on May 29, 2019

More transportation jobs in Connecticut have been added.

The state gained 300 net jobs (0.02%) in April 2019, to a level of 1,695,300 seasonally adjusted. Over the year, nonagricultural employment in the state grew by 11,600 jobs (0.7%). The March 2019 originally-released job loss of 1,300 was revised up by 1,600 to a gain of 300.

The number of the state’s unemployed residents was estimated at 72,500, seasonally adjusted, down 1,600 from March. As a result, Connecticut’s March unemployment rate is at 3.8%, seasonally adjusted, down one-tenth from the revised March level.

Private Sector employment grew by 500 (0.03%) to 1,458,700 jobs over the month in April, and remains up 10,800 (0.7%) seasonally-adjusted jobs over April 2018.

The Government supersector was down slightly in April (-200, -0.1%) to a total of 236,600, but is now up 800 jobs (0.3%) over the year.

The Government supersector includes all federal, state and local employment, including public higher education and Native American casino employment located on tribal land.

Five of the ten major industry supersectors gained employment in April, while four declined and the Information supersector remained unchanged. Professional and Business Services led gainers with an increase of 1,600 jobs (0.7%, 218,700 total jobs).

The Trade, Transportation & Utilities (0.2%, 295,600) was next with a gain of 700 jobs despite continued losses in the retail component.

The Educational and Health Services (0.2%, 338,200) supersector picked up 600 jobs while Leisure and Hospitality grew by 400 (0.2%, 160,700). Finally, the Other Services supersector added 100 positions (0.2%, 64,400).

Once again, the Construction and Mining supersector led declines, dropping 2,300 jobs (-3.7%, 60,500).

The cold wet spring may be a factor, delaying the start of the traditional construction season. Manufacturing was next, losing 500 positions (-0.3%, 160,800). Lastly, Financial Activities saw a small decline of 100 jobs (-0.1%, 127,000).
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