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Conn. unemployment rate declines

Connecticut's unemployment rate fell .2-percent in June to 4-percent and state employers added an estimated 1700 jobs, making June the sixth consecutive month for job growth. Additionally, May job numbers were revised up to 2400.

Department of Labor Commissioner Dante Bartolomeo says labor force participation is up, employers are hiring, and opportunities are out there for job seekers. Connecticut has among the highest labor force participation rates in the nation, something she says is critical for employers who are looking for workers. 

 

The notable change in this report is the accelerated growth so far this year in the manufacturing sector.

 

Bartolomeo remains concerned though about the impact inflation and energy prices have on Connecticut residents—these are national issues with a potentially broad impact on residents, employers, and the state’s financial services sector.
 
With more than 1.4 million employed in Connecticut, the private sector is nearly 87-percent recovered from the pandemic shutdown.


The healthcare industry added 600 jobs this month. Not seasonally adjusted data show nursing homes have added jobs this year after losing thousands of jobs during the pandemic.  Childcare is up 600 jobs from June 2021, although still 1300 below pre-pandemic levels.


Seven of 10 major supersectors added jobs or remained unchanged, three sectors declined.


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