CT gains 6,000 jobs in December

Connecticut gained 6,000 non-farm jobs in December, but its unemployment rate remained constant at 4.6 percent, the state Department of Labor reported Monday.

Over the 2017 calendar year, non-farm employment grew by 7,700 jobs on a seasonally-adjusted basis.

The jobless rate reflects not only those employed, but also those deemed to be actively seeking employment.

“December job growth ended the year on a better note than in previous months,” said Andy Condon, director of the Office of Research at the labor department. The private-sector accounted for all of December’s job growth, adding 6,000 positions.

Five of the state’s ten major industry super-sectors gained employment in December, led by professional and business services, which added 2,700 jobs. Gains also were recorded in: trade, transportation and utilities; manufacturing; leisure and hospitality; and education and health services.

Job losses were recorded in four sectors: construction and mining; financial activities; information; and other services.

The 10th super-sector is government, which remained flat.

Connecticut now has recovered 91,000 of the 119,100 jobs it lost in the last recession, or 76.4 percent. The private sector now has regained 107,900 out of 111,700 jobs lost, or 96.6 percent.

Three of the six labor market areas added jobs in December, led by Hartford, which grew by 1,400 positions. The Norwich-New London-Westerly and Danbury markets also recorded gains.

The Bridgeport-Stamford-Norwalk market led with job losses, down 700 positions. Losses also were recorded in Waterbury and New Haven.

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