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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Unemployment rate decreases to 4.8 percent; nonfarm jobs down by 400
WETHERSFIELD, Jan. 23 – Connecticut’s nonfarm employment in December was 1,675,300, a decrease of 400 jobs from the revised
November figures, the Connecticut Department of Labor announced today. On a seasonally adjusted basis, this is a gain of 14,300 jobs
since January 2005.

The government sector showed the largest gain, up 400. This was followed by leisure and hospitality, up by 200. Decreases were seen
in trade, transportation and utilities, down 1,700; professional and business services, down 600; and manufacturing, down 400. Three
sectors, information, financial activities and construction, remained relatively unchanged. Regarding employment in the two sectors that
are not seasonally adjusted, other services was up 600 while educational and health services remained relatively unchanged.

Within industry sectors, non-adjusted employment in both the durable and nondurable goods manufacturing industries remained
relatively unchanged from November’s figures. Merchant wholesalers showed an increase of 200 jobs to reach a current employment
level of 22,000, while holiday hiring brought the December level in retail trade to nearly 208,000, up 6,000 jobs from the November
level. Food services and drinking places also profited from the holiday season, gaining approximately 600 new jobs to the already
93,000 on the payroll. Securities, commodity contracts and financial investments, the state’s highest paying industry sector, gave a
boast to financial activities employment by adding another 200 jobs, bringing the total for this industry to approximately 20,000. In
preparation for income tax season, accounting and tax preparation continued its upward movement for the third straight month, adding
300 jobs to its ranks. Typical seasonal declines were seen in services to buildings and dwellings, losing nearly 1,000 in employment,
while private colleges and universities dropped 400 jobs in December.

“Connecticut’s overall economy continues to grow – in fact, we have had almost two years of solid net gains,” said Governor M. Jodi
Rell, “and job growth of more than 14,000 in 2005. However, the drop in net jobs in December underscores the fragility of our economy
and the fact that we cannot let up in our push to grow this economy by attracting new employers and working as closely as possible
with those who are providing jobs to our citizens.”

“It seems Scrooge paid us a visit in December, curbing the last two months of holiday cheer,” said State Labor Economist John
Tirinzonie. ”Looking at the bigger picture, the bright side is that during the last quarter of 2005, employment rose by 4,600 from the
previous quarter. That makes seven consecutive quarters of employment gains for the s tate, and this pushes us closer and closer to
our pre-recession levels.”

The manufacturing production workweek in December, not seasonally adjusted, averaged 42.6 hours. That is an increase of three-
tenths of an hour from November, and unchanged from December 2004 when it was 42.6 hours. Average hourly earnings at $19.44,
also not seasonally adjusted, were up 13 cents from the November 2005 figure and up 54 cents from December 2004. The resulting
average weekly wage for manufacturing workers in December 2005, at $828.14, was up $11.33 from the previous month and up $23
from a year ago.

Unemployment rate is 4.8 percent
Based on the household survey, the estimate of unemployed people, seasonally adjusted, decreased by 6,400 in December and the
4.8 percent unemployment rate was down from November’s revised estimate of 5.1 percent. The number of unemployed people and
the unemployment rates in all nine labor market areas not seasonally adjusted, were down over the month. For 2005, estimates
indicate that Connecticut saw an annual average increase of close to 9,600 persons to the labor force, and an average rate of
unemployment for the year at 5.1%. Average weekly initial unemployment claims for first-time filers increased over the month by 432 to
4,480. The average for December was up 450 claims over the year.
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Note: The nonfarm employment estimate is derived from a survey of businesses and is a measure of jobs in the state; the unemployment rate is based
largely on a household survey and is a measure of the work status of people who live in Connecticut. All figures used in this report are adjusted for
seasonal variation (i.e. seasonally adjusted) except where noted.

Contact: Nancy Steffens (860) 263-6535 1-23-06

Labor market information is available on the Internet at www.ctdol.state.ct.us/lmi
NONFARM EMPLOYMENT
Jobs - by Place of Work

CONNECTICUT AND THE UNITED STATES
Change Change
Dec. Nov. Oct. Sept. Dec. over Month over Year
2005 2005 2005 2005 2004 Number % Number %
Seasonally Adjusted
CONNECTICUT 1,675,300 1,675,700 1,674,300 1,670,000 1,664,600 -400 0.0%* 10,700 0.6%
Goods Producing Industries
Construction 70,900 71,000 71,000 70,700 68,100 -100 -0.1% 2,800 4.1%
Manufacturing 196,500 196,900 196,800 196,700 197,900 -400 -0.2% -1,400 -0.7%
Service Providing Industries
Trade, Transp and Utilities 313,500 315,200 316,700 315,800 311,700 -1,700 -0.5% 1,800 0.6%
Information 39,200 39,100 38,700 38,700 39,300 100 0.3% -100 -0.3%
Financial Activities 142,200 142,100 142,300 141,500 140,800 100 0.1% 1,400 1.0%
Prof and Business Services 200,300 200,900 199,400 198,700 199,500 -600 -0.3% 800 0.4%
Leisure and Hospitality 129,300 129,100 129,700 131,200 128,100 200 0.2% 1,200 0.9%
Government** 243,100 242,700 242,800 241,700 242,000 400 0.2% 1,100 0.5%

Not Seasonally Adjusted - monthly estimates may reflect seasonal hiring patterns
Educational and Health Services 276,900 276,800 275,900 271,700 274,300 100 0.0% 2,600 0.9%
Other Services 63,600 63,000 63,000 62,800 63,200 600 1.0% 400 0.6%

UNITED STATES 134,468,000 134,360,000 134,055,000 134,030,000 132,449,000 108,000 0.1% 2,019,000 1.5%
Seasonally Adjusted

CONNECTICUT NONFARM EMPLOYMENT - Seasonally Adjusted 2003 - 2005
1700

1680
Thousands

1660 2003

1640 2004
2005
1620

1600
J F M A M J J A S O N D

LABOR MARKET AREAS - Not Seasonally Adjusted
Labor Market Area employment estimates are made independently of Statewide estimates.
Change Change
Dec. Nov. Oct. Sept. ... Dec. over Month over Year
2005 2005 2005 2005 2004 Number % Number %
Labor Market Areas
Bridgeport-Stamford 417,700 417,700 416,700 413,400 414,900 0 0.0% 2,800 0.7%
Danbury 69,500 69,700 69,500 68,400 69,900 -200 -0.3% -400 -0.6%
Enfield 46,500 46,000 45,000 44,500 46,500 500 1.1% 0 0.0%
Hartford 550,500 550,100 547,400 542,000 547,300 400 0.1% 3,200 0.6%
New Haven 275,200 276,500 273,900 272,000 274,500 -1,300 -0.5% 700 0.3%
Norwich-New London 136,600 135,900 136,500 136,900 135,500 700 0.5% 1,100 0.8%
Torrington 35,800 36,300 35,800 35,900 36,600 -500 -1.4% -800 -2.2%
Waterbury 70,600 70,600 70,200 69,800 69,400 0 0.0% 1,200 1.7%
Willimantic-Danielson 37,700 38,000 37,900 37,700 37,600 -300 -0.8% 100 0.3%

* Less than 0.05% ** Includes Native American tribal government employment

Data in this publication are benchmarked to March 2004. Current month's data are preliminary, previous months' data are revised.
Nonfarm employment, hours and earnings, and labor force data included in this publication are developed in cooperation with the
U.S. Department of Labor, Bureau of Labor Statistics.

Connecticut Labor Situation December 2005
UNEMPLOYMENT
Persons Unemployed - by Place of Residence

CONNECTICUT AND THE UNITED STATES

December 2005 December 2004 November 2005
Percent Percent Change from Percent
of Civ. of Civ. Year Ago of Civ.
Labor Labor Percentage Labor
Number Force Number Force Number Points Number Force

Seasonally Adjusted
CONNECTICUT
Unemployed 87,400 4.8 79,900 4.5 7,500 0.3 93,800 5.1
Labor Force 1,829,200 1,791,500 37,700 1,824,400
UNITED STATES
Unemployed 7,375,000 4.9 8,040,000 5.4 -665,000 -0.5 7,572,000 5.0
Labor Force 150,153,000 148,173,000 1,980,000 150,183,000

Unemployed - Not Seasonally Adjusted
CONNECTICUT 77,800 4.3 69,100 3.9 8,700 0.4 87,200 4.8
Labor Market Areas
Bridgeport-Stamford 18,000 3.9 15,900 3.5 2,100 0.4 20,600 4.4
Danbury 2,800 3.1 2,500 2.9 300 0.2 3,200 3.5
Enfield 2,100 4.4 2,000 4.2 100 0.2 2,300 4.8
Hartford 25,500 4.5 22,900 4.1 2,600 0.4 28,300 5.0
New Haven 13,100 4.3 11,400 3.9 1,700 0.4 14,800 4.9
Norwich-New London 6,200 4.1 5,100 3.5 1,100 0.6 6,800 4.6
Torrington 2,100 4.0 2,100 4.1 0 -0.1 2,300 4.4
Waterbury 5,700 5.7 5,000 5.1 700 0.6 6,300 6.2
Willimantic-Danielson 2,800 5.1 2,400 4.5 400 0.6 3,200 5.7

UNITED STATES 6,956,000 4.6 7,599,000 5.1 -643,000 -0.5 7,271,000 4.8

U.S. AND CONNECTICUT UNEMPLOYMENT RATES - Seasonally Adjusted
2003 - 2005
7.0

6.0
Percent Unemployed

5.0
US

CT
4.0

3.0

2.0
J F M A M J J A S O N D J F M A M J J A S O N D J F M A M J J A S O N D

2003 2004 2005

Connecticut Labor Situation December 2005
UNEMPLOYMENT RATES
Not Seasonally Adjusted

North
Canaan
Colebrook Hartland
Suffield Enfield Somers Union
Salisbury Stafford
Norfolk Thompson
Canaan
Granby Enfield Woodstock
East 4.4
Barkhamsted Granby Windsor
Winchester Locks
East Ellington Putnam
Windsor Pomfret
Willington Ashford Eastford
Simsbury Tolland
Windsor
Sharon
Cornwall Goshen New
Canton Willimantic-Danielson
Bloomfield South
Torrington Hartford
Windsor
Vernon 5.1
Torrington Killingly
Avon Chaplin
4.0 West Manchester
Coventry Mansfield Hampton Brooklyn
Hartford East Bolton
Harwinton Burlington Hartford Hartford
Warren Litchfield
Kent Farmington Hartford Andover
4.5

Ne
Windham
ton Wethersfield Scotland Canterbury Plainfield Sterling

win
Morris as Columbia
om Bristol New Glastonbury

gto
Th Plainville Britain
Plymouth Rocky

n
Hebron
Washington Hill
Bethlehem Marlborough Lebanon Sprague
She

New Watertown Berlin Cromwell Franklin
Wolcott Southington Portland Lisbon
rma

Milford
Waterbury East
Griswold Voluntown
n

Danbury Roxbury
Woodbury 5.7 Hampton Colchester
Norwich
Waterbury Middletown Bozrah
Meriden
3.1 Bridge- Middlebury
Middlefield Preston
water Cheshire
Prospect
New
Fairfield
Naugatuck East Salem Norwich-New London
Southbury
Brookfield
Wallingford Durham Haddam Haddam 4.1 North
Beacon Stonington
Montville Ledyard
Oxford Falls Bethany

Danbury Newtown
New Haven Chester
Hamden Lyme Waterford
Bethel Seymour
North 4.3 Killing-
Deep Stonington
Haven worth East
Wood- River Lyme New Groton
Ansoniabridge North Essex
Monroe London
Branford
Derby Old
Shelton New Guilford West-
Ridgefield Old Lyme
Redding Haven East Clinton brook
HavenBranford Saybrook
Bridgeport-Stamford Orange West Madison
3.9 Haven

Wilton
Weston
Easton Trumbull

Stratford
Milford December 2005
Bridgeport
New
Canaan
Westport
Fairfield
Connecticut: 4.3%
Stamford Norwalk
U.S.: 4.6%
Greenwich
Darien
Unemployment Rates by Labor Market Area
(All rates are preliminary, not seasonally adjusted.)
Areas established from the 2000 Census Norwich-New London Labor Market Area includes Westerly, RI

HOURS AND EARNINGS
Manufacturing Production and Related Workers

CONNECTICUT AND LABOR MARKET AREAS - Not Seasonally Adjusted

Average Weekly Earnings Average Weekly Hours Average Hourly Earnings

Dec. Dec. Change Nov. Dec. Dec. Change Nov. Dec. Dec. Change Nov.
2005 2004 over Yr. 2005 2005 2004 over Yr. 2005 2005 2004 over Yr. 2005

CONNECTICUT $828.14 $805.14 $23.00 $816.81 42.6 42.6 0.0 42.3 $19.44 $18.90 $0.54 $19.31

Bridgeport-Stamford 804.17 836.69 -32.52 805.46 40.8 41.4 -0.6 41.2 19.71 20.21 -0.50 19.55
Hartford 1,117.48 912.70 204.78 924.31 45.5 44.5 1.0 41.9 24.56 20.51 4.05 22.06
New Haven 665.62 670.07 -4.45 685.58 39.2 44.2 -5.0 41.4 16.98 15.16 1.82 16.56
Norwich-New London 828.61 801.79 26.82 820.69 43.0 43.2 -0.2 42.7 19.27 18.56 0.71 19.22
Waterbury 796.18 678.53 117.65 841.70 43.2 38.4 4.8 44.3 18.43 17.67 0.76 19.00

Connecticut Labor Situation December 2005
TRENDS
Seasonally Adjusted

Nonfarm Total Unemployment
Employment (000s) Rate
2004
Jan 1,642.1 5.2 Nonfarm Employment
Feb 1,643.2 5.2
1,680
Mar 1,644.3 5.1
Apr 1,648.0 5.0 1,670

Thousands
May 1,648.1 5.0 1,660
Jun 1,648.6 4.8 1,650
July 1,650.7 4.8
1,640
Aug 1,652.1 4.8
Sep 1,652.4 4.7 1,630
Oct 1,662.1 4.7 1,620
Nov 1,664.5 4.6 Jan Mar May July Sep Nov Jan Mar May July Sep Nov
Dec 1,664.6 4.5 2004 2005

2005
Jan 1,661.0 4.7
Feb 1,664.2 4.8
Mar 1,666.7 4.9 Total Unemployment Rate
6.0
Apr 1,669.6 4.9
May 1,669.8 5.3 5.5

Jun 1,670.3 5.1 5.0
Percent

July 1,670.2 5.1
4.5
Aug 1,671.2 5.4
Sep 1,670.0 5.3 4.0

Oct 1,674.3 5.3 3.5
Nov 1,675.7 5.1
3.0
Dec 1,675.3 4.8 Jan Mar May July Sep Nov Jan Mar May July Sep Nov
2004 2005

Avg Weekly Avg Manufacturing
Initial Claims Weekly Hours*
2004
Jan 4,382 41.8 Average Weekly Initial Claims
Feb 4,564 41.5 5,000

Mar 4,299 41.7
Apr 4,376 41.5
4,500
May 4,173 42.1
Jun 4,179 42.0
July 4,033 41.4 4,000
Aug 4,061 41.3
Sep 4,060 41.5
3,500
Oct 4,037 42.1
Jan Mar May July Sep Nov Jan Mar May July Sep Nov
Nov 4,170 42.3 2004 2005
Dec 4,030 42.6

2005
Jan 4,287 42.0
Feb 3,915 41.9
Mar 4,404 42.0 Average Manufacturing Weekly Hours
Apr 4,320 42.3 43.0
May 3,940 42.2
Jun 3,971 42.5 42.0
July 4,197 42.1
Aug 4,261 41.8
Sep 3,907 42.0 41.0

Oct 4,320 42.0
Nov 4,048 42.3 40.0
Dec 4,480 42.6 Jan Mar May July Sep Nov Jan Mar May July Sep Nov
2004 2005

* Not Seasonally Adjusted

Connecticut Labor Situation December 2005