CT jobless rate stays at 6.3 percent despite January job gains

Connecticut’s jobless rate remained fixed at 6.3 percent in January despite the addition of 6,400 jobs, the state Labor Department reported Monday.

The unemployment rate now has remained largely steady since September as a growing number of persons seeking employment has offset job gains over the last four months.

“Connecticut’s job growth picture and unemployment levels remain largely unchanged,” said Andy Condon, director of the department’s Office of Research.

Connecticut has added 24,600 jobs over the past 12 months and has recovered 90,500 or 76.1 percent of the 119,000 jobs lost during the last recession.

Six of the state’s 10 major industry super-sectors gained positions during the first month of 2015, led by education and health services, which added 2,800 jobs.

Other super-sectors that posted gains included: leisure and hospitality; professional and business services; financial activities; construction and mining; and government.

Trade, transportation and utilities led declining super-sectors with 3,000 jobs lost in January. Other super-sectors on the decline were: manufacturing; information; and other services.

Connecticut and U.S. unemployment rates since 2001

Connecticut Department of Labor

Connecticut and U.S. unemployment rates since 2001