Connecticut’s private sector saw the biggest drops in employment during the Great Recession – 111,660 lost jobs – but as of November, Connecticut had added back 113,400, according to the Connecticut Department of Labor.
It’s a milestone for Connecticut’s job recovery after nearly six years.
The state added about 5,100 new jobs to the nonfarm sector in November – about 26,800 over the course of the year.
November’s job increase reversed a downward trend in September and October.
Seven of the 10 major “supersectors” tracked by the department added jobs in November, led by 1,500 jobs in leisure and hospitality.
Looking at the ‘supersectors’
Jobs in the crucial financial sector have gone down considerably since 2008, two recessions ago, but stabilized in spring 2014. They have remained consistent since September, and this month’s figures are higher when compared to this time last year.
Jobs in businesses not specifically categorized by the Department of Labor have gone down since October.
November marks the lowest point of 2015 for jobs in the government sector.
This sector also includes employment at the casinos run by tribal governments.
This particular sector continues to grow in Connecticut, independent of the Great Recession.
With nearly 160,000 jobs in the arts, entertainment and recreation businesses, this sector is at its highest since figures became available in 1990.
Education and health services is another sector that continues to see consistent growth.
With 217,000 jobs in the professional and business sector, Connecticut is just 1,000 jobs away from the high of July 2000, years before the Great Recession.
Jobs in the information sector have hovered around 32,000 since 2010.
This sector has seen some slow but consistent growth.
Meanwhile, manufacturing continues to decline, although this month saw a small increase of 800 jobs compared to the previous month.