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Connecticut manufacturing jobs unchanged

Posted on June 4, 2013

The number of Connecticut manufacturing jobs in the state was unchanged in April, according to labor market statistics.

Employment in Connecticut for April continued to improve and increased by 6,300 additional jobs or 0.4% growth over the month. Seven of ten major industry supersectors posted job gains in April, and only two exhibited employment declines. The manufacturing component was unchanged. The state has added 10,800 positions (0.7%) since April 2012 and is now at a new employment recovery highpoint of 1,649,300 jobs.

Connecticut businesses added 6,300 jobs to nonfarm payrolls in April 2013. The private sector added 5,800 workers and the public sector increased 500 positions. The state’s unemployment rate remained unchanged at 8.0% last month. Connecticut has now gained 9,600 jobs in the first four months of the year for a 2,400 average monthly growth pace in 2013.

Connecticut has now recovered 57,500 positions or 47.4% of the 121,200 seasonally adjusted total nonfarm jobs that were lost in the state in the March 2008 to February 2010 employment recession. The jobs recovery is now 38 months underway. The private sector has performed better and has restored 65,000 (57.0%) of the 114,000 private jobs that were lost during the same employment downturn. This month marks the highpoint in the nonfarm employment recovery in the state at 1,649,300.

“Though our monthly data can be volatile, Connecticut’s job growth tempo picked up considerably last month,” said Andy Condon, Director of the Office of Research. “The state appears to be experiencing a solid and more typical spring seasonal job buildup. Seven of ten major industry supersectors participated in job gains in April. Annualized job growth is now back above 10,000.

Two of the six major Connecticut Labor Market Areas (LMAs) experienced job increases in April 2013, while four of the major state LMAs recorded declines. However, the two increasing LMA’s were the two largest employing regions in size in the state and posted substantial gains. The second largest LMA in the state, the Bridgeport-Stamford-Norwalk LMA (4,200, 1.0%, considered statistically significant), grew the most and the largest LMA, the Hartford-West Hartford-East Hartford LMA (2,000, 0.4%), also came through with strong job growth over the month. The four other smaller LMA’s tallied job losses that were 300 jobs or less and were as follows: Waterbury LMA (-300, -0.5%), Danbury LMA (-300, -0.4%), Norwich-New London LMA (-200, -0.2%), and New Haven LMA (-100, -0.04%).

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