State loses 2,000 jobs in September

State loses 2,000 jobs in September

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WETHERSFIELD — The state Department of Labor reported Thursday the state lost 2,000 jobs in September capping a third-quarter of statewide job loss.

Over the year, nonagricultural employment in the state grew by 3,500 jobs, the DOL reported. August’s originally-released job loss of 3,900 was revised to a loss of 4,200. The number of the state’s unemployed residents fell by 5,032, while the number of residents employed also fell by 4,344.

As a result, Connecticut’s unemployment rate fell by two-tenths of a point to 4.6 percent in September, seasonally adjusted.

“September’s decline of 2,000 seasonally adjusted payroll jobs caps a slow third quarter for Connecticut job growth,” said Andy Condon, director of the DOL’s Office of Research. “Annual job growth is now only 3,500, though the private sector is doing considerably better. Yet, at the same time, the state’s unemployment rate fell.”

Private sector employment fell by 1,100 to 1,453,000 jobs over the month in September, but remains up by 7,100 jobs over the year.

The government supersector, which includes all federal, state and local employment, including public higher education and Native American casinos, also declined by 900 to 231,900 jobs last month and over the year losses have grown to 3,600, according to the DOL.

Six of the 10 major industry supersectors lost employment in September, while four increased. Professional and business services led growing industries with 1,100 net new jobs, followed by financial activities with an increase of 900 jobs. The information supersector contributed 300 jobs, and manufacturing added 200 jobs.

New Haven County was the only labor market area to see job gains in September by adding 1,200 jobs. New Haven now leads the state in job growth in both numeric and percentage terms. The Hartford-West Hartford-East Hartford market led declines with -1,200 jobs. The Bridgeport, Stamford, Norwalk area dropped by 200, while Danbury saw a small loss of 100 jobs.

Labor markets in the Norwich-New London and the Waterbury areas were both unchanged.


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