Nonfarm jobs grew by 3,600 in September; unemployment rate unchanged at 3.6%

This article was published on: 10/17/19 7:52 PM by Mike Minarsky

WETHERSFIELD, October 17, 2019 – Preliminary Connecticut nonfarm job estimates from the business payroll survey administered by the US Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) show the state gained 3,600 net jobs (0.2%) in September 2019, to a level of 1,699,200 seasonally adjusted.

Over the year, nonagricultural employment in the state grew by 8,800 (0.5%).  The August 2019 originally-released job gain of 2,800 was down by 1,600 to a gain of 1,200.  The number of the state’s unemployed residents was estimated at 68,300, seasonally adjusted, up 200 from August.

As a result, Connecticut’s September unemployment rate is at 3.6%, seasonally adjusted, unchanged from the revised August level.  Resident employment estimates include the self-employed and residents working out of state and are determined separately from the nonfarm payroll job estimates above.  None of the movements in payroll job estimates are considered statistically significant.

     “September was another good month for payroll job growth in Connecticut, pushing us above any level seen last year,” said Andy Condon, Director of the Office of Research at the Connecticut Department of Labor.  “However, almost all the growth came from an unusually high increase in the Education component of the Education and Health Services sector.  We will have to wait and see if this level holds up in future months.”

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