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Connecticut Unemployment Rate Drops to 7.9 Percent as 3,500 Jobs Added

  • Connecticut adds 3,500 jobs in June as strong growth in government positions balances a loss of positions in the private sector
  • Unemployment rate falls to 7.9 percent but remains above national rate
  • Connecticut has recovered less than two-thirds of the jobs lost at the outset of the COVID-19 pandemic, but some sectors are faring better

Summary by Dirk Langeveld

Connecticut saw modest improvement to its employment figures in June as strong gains in government jobs offset losses in the private sector, according to the state’s Department of Labor. The unemployment rate fell to 7.9 percent.

Overall, Connecticut added 3,500 jobs in June after an upwardly revised increase of 8,100 positions in May. Approximately 1.59 million people are employed in Connecticut, with payroll jobs up 6.8 percent, or 102,000 positions, compared to June 2020.

Government jobs accounted for the bulk of newly created jobs, with an increase of 4,100 positions from the previous month – up 1.9 percent. Private sector employment fell by 600 positions.

  • The state has recovered just 64.6 percent of the 292,400 jobs lost during lockdowns related to the COVID-19 pandemic in March and April 2020
  • Recovery has proceeded faster in some sectors, with more than 70 percent of jobs regained in areas like construction, retail, company management, private education, food service and accommodation
  • Six industry supersectors saw declining job growth from the previous month, including trade, transportation, and utilities (down 1,400 positions, or 0.5 percent); construction and mining (down 1,000 positions, or 1.7 percent); and financial activities (down 700 positions, or 0.6 percent)
  • Four industry supersectors experienced growth in June, including the increase in government jobs, 2,400 new jobs in other services (up 4.1 percent), and 1,600 new jobs in leisure and hospitality (up 1.2 percent)
  • The manufacturing, information, and financial services industries in Connecticut had fewer positions than they did in June 2020
  • In Connecticut Labor Market Areas, job growth was up 0.9 percent in the Waterbury market and 0.5 percent in the Norwich-New London-Westerly Market; it was flat in Danbury and down in Hartford, New Haven, and Bridgeport-Stamford-Norwalk
  • Connecticut’s unemployment rate is down 0.2 points from May, but remains above the national rate of 5.9 percent

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