Connecticut added more government jobs in July according to data released by the state Department of Labor (DOL) Aug. 18. Out of the total 6,500 new jobs, 3,900 (or 60%) were public sector positions, overshadowing the gains made in the private sector (2,600).
Local government was particularly strong adding 3,800 . According to a DOL , the additional jobs are likely due to federal COVID-19 funding that allowed municipalities to run summer programs.
Construction positions constitute most of the private sector growth with 1,500 new jobs. However, not every private sector industry fared well. Financial activities, information and other services suffered losses with hospitality being the hardest hit — losing 600 jobs.
The state’s private sector continues to lag the nation in recovering job losses due to the pandemic. The U.S. economy fully recovered this past April while Connecticut has only regained 88%. Compared to private sector employment levels in February 2020, the state is still off 31,200 jobs from a full recovery.
*Source: CT Department of Labor and U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics