May 18, 2017

CT's April jobless rate moves up to 4.9%

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Connecticut's unemployment rate moved up slightly in April.

Connecticut shed 1,500 jobs in April, pushing the state's jobless rate up a hair, to 4.9 percent, labor authorities say.

Preliminary estimates Thursday from the state Department of Labor's business payroll survey showed nonfarm, statewide employment was a seasonally adjusted 1,683,200 workers.

Meantime, the previously declared gain of 1,300 jobs in March was revised down by more than half, to a net 600 job gain, the state labor agency said.

Connecticut's March unemployment rate was 4.8 percent. Last April, it was 5.4 percent.

Just three of the 10 major industry supersectors grew jobs in April 2017 while six declined, the state said.

The construction and mining industry supersector led gainers last month, while the professional and business services supersector was the largest declining industry supersector last month, said labor department research director Andy Condon.

"Though April nonfarm job estimates fell by 1,500 we are still well ahead of last year's pace," Condon said. "For the fourth month in a row we have seen small increases in the unemployment rate accompanied by larger increases in the labor force. This continues to indicate that workers are entering or rejoining the labor force and many are finding work."

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