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Construction jobs in Connecticut grow

Posted on January 31, 2019

New labor statistics demonstrate how construction jobs in Connecticut are growing.

Preliminary Connecticut job estimates from the business payroll survey administered by the US Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) show the state gains 1,100 net jobs (0.1%) in December 2018, to a level of 1,705,500, seasonally adjusted.

Over the year, nonagricultural employment in the state grew by 19,900 jobs (1.2%). The November 2018 originally-released job loss of 500 was revised up by 1,500 jobs to a gain of 1,000 over the month.

The number of the state’s unemployed residents was estimated at 76,200, seasonally adjusted – a decline of 1,500 from November.

As a result, Connecticut’s December unemployment rate declined by one–tenth at 4.0%, seasonally adjusted.

Resident employment estimates include the self-employed and residents working out of state and are determined separately from the nonfarm payroll job estimates above.

Private Sector grew by 1,600 (0.1%) to 1,478,000 jobs over the month in December, and added 23,500 (1.6%) seasonally-adjusted jobs over the year.

The Government supersector lost 500 jobs in December to a total of 227,500, with over-the-year losses now at 3,600 or -1.6%. The Government supersector includes all federal, state and local employment, including public higher education and Native American casino employment located on tribal land.Six of the ten major industry supersectors gained employment in December, while four declined. 

Construction and Mining led growing sectors with 2,100 net new jobs (3.2%, 67,500). Educational and Health Services was next, adding 1,100 jobs (0.3 %, 343,100).

The Leisure and Hospitality supersector contributed 500 new positions (0.3%, 160,500); while Trade, Transportation & Utilities (0.1%, 295,000) added 400 and Information grew by 200 jobs (0.6%, 31,300). Finally, Financial Activities added 100 jobs to the state’s total in December (0.1%, 130,400).
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