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Connecticut Jobs Up From 2007

Posted on September 10, 2008

Although the nation is facing an increase in unemployment, jobs in Connecticut slightly increased from last year during July.

According to the United States Department of Labor Bureau of Labor Statistics, the State of Connecticut‘s total non-farm employment in July 2008 was at 1,704,900, an increase of .3 percent from last year. That employment rate is lower than the 1,705,900 workers the state had in June.

Industries in Connecticut that increased include:

  • information at .3 percent
  • leisure and hospitality at 1.2 percent
  • other services at .2 percent
  • government at 1.4 percent
  • The state’s industries that decreased include:

  • construction at 1 percent
  • manufacturing at 1.1 percent
  • trade, transportation and utilities at .5 percent
  • financial activities at .8 percent
  • professional and business services at .2 percent
  • The natural resources and mining industry employed 800 people, the same as last year.

    In July, Connecticut saw an unemployment rate of 5.8 percent, up from 5.5 percent in June, and slightly higher than the national unemployment rate of 5.7 percent.

    According to an article by TheDay, Connecticut’s average family income is the highest in the nation, and overall household income grew from 2002 to 2006.

    “Of all the largest regions in the state, however, eastern Connecticut fared best,” the article notes. “New London County experienced a drop in price-adjusted income of only a tenth of a percent annually during the period. This compares to slippage of 2.9 percent in Hartford County, 1.9 percent in New Haven County and six-tenths of a percent in Fairfield County, the only other regions in the state available for analysis.”

    The Berlin Citizen
    The Bristol Press
    New Britain Herald
    The Express
    Cheshire Citizen
    The Chronicle
    The Journal Inquirer
    Mystic River Press
    The North Haven Citizen
    The Plainville Citizen
    The Southington Citizen
    Town Times
    Westerly The Sun