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Manufacturing jobs in Connecticut climb

Posted on September 6, 2016

A number of manufacturing jobs in Connecticut were added.

Preliminary Connecticut nonfarm job estimates from the business survey administered by the US Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) show the state added 1,700 jobs (0.10%) during July 2016 to a level of 1,693,000, seasonally adjusted. Since July 2015, nonagricultural employment in the state has grown by approximately 20,200 positions (1.21%, 1,683 jobs per month). June’s originally released job gain of 7,900 (0.47%) was revised down to 5,800 (0.34%). Year-to-date seasonally adjusted job growth is projected at 13,000 through July

Five of the ten major industry supersectors increased nonfarm jobs in July 2016 and five declined on a seasonally adjusted basis. Leisure and Hospitality (1,700, 1.1%, 154,600 jobs) and the Trade, Transportation & Utilities (1,700, 0.6%, 298,200 jobs) added the most jobs last month.

Restaurants and accommodations (1,500, 1.2%, 125,700 jobs) boosted leisure while retail trade (1,300, 0.7%, 182,200 positions) rebounded some in trade and transportation, after declining for two months in a row. Leisure and Hospitality (3,900, 2.6%) now leads in numeric job growth over the year.

TheProfessional and Business Services supersector (1,200, 0.5%, 219,400) added positons as well on the strength in administrative services (1,800, 2.0%, 90,300 jobs). Smaller job gains came through from the Other Services (400, 0.6%, 67,500 jobs) and the Manufacturing (300, 0.2%, 159,900 positions) supersectors. The small other services supersector leads the ten major industry supersectors in percentage growth over the year (3,500, 5.5%).

The Government (-1,300, -0.5%, 239,300) supersector led all declining employment industry supersectors in July. Local (-1,000, -0.7%, 151,300 jobs) and state (-300, -0.4%, 70,300 positions) government were both lower while the federal government was unchanged.

The private Education and Health Services (-900, -0.3%, 328,400 jobs) supersector posted the next largest monthly job decline.

The Construction and Mining (-600, -1.0%, 58,600 jobs) industry supersector was also lower for the second month in a row. Smaller job losses also arose from the Information (-500, -1.5%, 33,500) and theFinancial Activities (-300, -0.2%, 133,600) supersectors.