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LABOR SITUATION

Office of Research
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
June 2006 Data
Patricia H. Mayfield
Commissioner

EMPLOYMENT REBOUNDS IN JUNE

WETHERSFIELD, July 20, 2006 – Connecticut’s nonfarm employment in June was 1,671,000, an increase of 2,100
jobs from the revised May figures, the Connecticut Department of Labor announced today. On a seasonally adjusted
basis, this is a gain of 7,100 jobs compared to the June 2005 figure. This employment data is based on a survey of
business establishments.

“The June numbers show that Connecticut’s economy is on the right track and that we will have overall jobs growth
this year,” said Governor M. Jodi Rell. “Our focus must remain on making Connecticut’s business environment as
welcoming as possible, and that is why we are investing in our transportation network and working with companies
large and small to move here and grow with us.”

“While rain again this month may have affected additional job growth, we still saw noticeable increases in
construction, manufacturing, and professional and business services,” said John Tirinzonie, State Labor Economist.
“Since the first of this year, we have seen gains in six major industry sectors, including manufacturing, losses in
three major sectors, and one remained relatively unchanged. However, with the national economy slowing down, the
state’s overall growth in employment this year may be less than expected, but above the 2005 level,” he added.

Nonfarm Employment (Seasonally Adjusted)
Job gains were seen mainly in the manufacturing and government sectors, both increasing by 1,300. Those were
followed by construction, up 800, professional and business services up 700, and other services, up 400. The
largest decrease was in trade, transportation and utilities, down by 1,300, followed by educational and health
services, which lost 400 jobs, and leisure and hospitality, down 300. The remaining two sectors, information and
financial activities, each experienced a slight loss of 200 in employment.

Nonfarm Employment (Not Seasonally Adjusted)
Detailed Industries: Manufacturing employment, non-adjusted, showed a net gain of 400 during the first half of
2006, with durable goods manufacturing gaining 800 jobs and nondurable goods manufacturing losing 400. Most of
the gains in durable goods manufacturing were seen in aerospace product and parts, adding 1,000 to reach a total of
31,300 jobs, and fabricated metal products, which showed an increase of 500 to bring its employment level to just
over 34,000. Both miscellaneous and electrical equipment manufacturing shed jobs during the first half of this year,
for a combined loss of 500. In nondurable goods manufacturing, plastics and rubber products showed a slight
increase in employment to reach 7,500, while chemical manufacturing continued to shed some 200 jobs over the
six-month period, dropping to just under 17,000.

Within construction, the majority of the job gains were seen in specialty trade contractors which, non-adjusted, was
up 1,200 from 44,100 during the prior month, while employment in construction of buildings reached 14,000, an over-
the-month gain of 400.

In the trade, transportation, and utilities supersector, both wholesale and retail trade showed a noticeable jump in
employment over the month, 600 and 1,500, bringing their totals to 67,600 and 192,300 respectively. While
employment in wholesale trade was up over the year, retail trade was down slightly, mainly due to a loss of 600 jobs
in clothing and clothing accessories stores, bringing its employment to a current level of 20,400. This loss was
somewhat offset by the increase of jobs in general merchandise stores, which currently employ slightly over 25,000.
Employment over-the-month in transportation and warehousing remained relatively flat at 45,000, while recent layoffs
in the utilities industry dropped employment by 300 to 8,000.

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Overall employment in professional and business services continued to rise, with administrative and support
services reaching 91,300, an increase of 1,900 over last month’s level. Much of this increase was due to companies
continuing to utilize employment placement agencies to fill open positions, raising their job count to 33,500. Also in
this supersector, over-the-month job gains were seen in legal services, up 300, while both accounting, bookkeeping,
and payroll services and architectural and engineering services each grew by 200.

Within the government sector, federal government employment increased slightly to 9,200, while local government
education began seeing its usual seasonal drop, offset slightly by the increase in jobs in other local government
functions. Overall employment in this governmental sector was approximately 164,200 during the month of June, a
drop of 500 from the previous month.

Labor Market Areas: Hartford, the largest of the state’s labor market areas (LMAs), added the most jobs over the
year, 7,200. The Bridgeport-Stamford LMA added 1,800 jobs, followed by Danbury, up 900. The Torrington LMA
added 600 jobs over the year, Willimantic-Danielson added 400 and Enfield increased by 300. The New Haven,
Norwich-New London, and Waterbury LMAs experienced over-the-year job losses.

Hours and Earnings: The manufacturing production workweek in June 2006, not seasonally adjusted, averaged 42.2
hours, a decrease of three-tenths of an hour from last year’s figure of 42.5 hours. Average hourly earnings at $19.67,
also not seasonally adjusted, were up 98 cents from June 2005. The resulting average weekly wage for
manufacturing workers in June 2006, at $830.07, was up $35.74 or 4.5% from a year ago.

Labor Force Data
Connecticut’s labor force increased by 3,100 persons from last month, bringing this month’s total to 1,834,800, up
17,600 from the June 2005 figure.

Unemployment: Based on the household survey, the estimate of people unemployed, seasonally adjusted,
increased by 1,300 to 75,000, while the unemployment rate increased slightly to 4.1 percent. The unemployment
rate for June is eight-tenths of a percentage point less than it was a year ago, and five-tenths of a percentage point
below the nation’s rate of 4.6 percent. The number of unemployed people also dropped from last year, down 14,900.
Average weekly initial unemployment claims for first-time filers decreased over the month by 97 to 4,180. The
average for June was up 185 claims over the year.

Unemployment rates for all nine labor market areas in June, not seasonally adjusted, were lower from a year ago.
Danbury had the lowest unemployment rate of the nine LMAs, at 3.4 percent, followed by Torrington at 3.8 percent,
Bridgeport-Stamford at 4.0 percent, and Norwich-New London, at 4.3 percent. The Willimantic-Danielson area had
the highest unemployment rate at 5.4 percent.

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.

Contact: Nancy Steffens (860) 263-6535 7-20-06

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NONFARM EMPLOYMENT
Jobs - by Place of Work

CONNECTICUT AND THE UNITED STATES
Change Change
Jun May Apr Mar Jun over Month over Year
2006 2006 2006 2006 2005 Number % Number %
Seasonally Adjusted
CONNECTICUT 1,671,000 1,668,900 1,673,900 1,666,900 * 1,663,900 2,100 0.1% 7,100 0.4%
Goods Producing Industries
Construction 63,700 62,900 64,600 65,600 66,200 800 1.3% -2,500 -3.8%
Manufacturing 194,900 193,600 193,400 189,900 * 195,800 1,300 0.7% -900 -0.5%
Service Providing Industries
Trade, Transp and Utilities 310,100 311,400 312,200 312,500 311,100 -1,300 -0.4% -1,000 -0.3%
Information 37,500 37,700 37,800 37,900 38,200 -200 -0.5% -700 -1.8%
Financial Activities 143,700 143,900 144,300 144,200 142,300 -200 -0.1% 1,400 1.0%
Prof and Business Services 203,000 202,300 203,300 202,100 200,000 700 0.3% 3,000 1.5%
Educational and Health Services 275,700 276,100 276,100 275,100 272,500 -400 -0.1% 3,200 1.2%
Leisure and Hospitality 131,000 131,300 132,400 131,500 129,800 -300 -0.2% 1,200 0.9%
Other Services 63,300 62,900 63,500 62,900 63,000 400 0.6% 300 0.5%
Government** 247,300 246,000 245,500 244,500 244,200 1,300 0.5% 3,100 1.3%

UNITED STATES 135,230,000 135,109,000 135,017,000 134,905,000 133,376,000 121,000 0.1% 1,854,000 1.4%
Seasonally Adjusted

CONNECTICUT NONFARM EMPLOYMENT - Seasonally Adjusted 2004 - 2006
1700

1680
Thousands

1660 2004
1640 2005

1620 2006

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
Jun May Apr Mar ... Jun over Month over Year
2006 2006 2006 2006 2005 Number % Number %
Labor Market Areas
Bridgeport-Stamford 419,000 415,500 412,100 405,700 * 417,200 3,500 0.8% 1,800 0.4%
Danbury 70,900 70,500 69,500 69,200 70,000 400 0.6% 900 1.3%
Enfield 47,500 47,400 46,700 46,700 47,200 100 0.2% 300 0.6%
Hartford 555,700 553,500 551,500 543,900 548,500 2,200 0.4% 7,200 1.3%
New Haven 276,300 275,200 275,000 270,400 277,500 1,100 0.4% -1,200 -0.4%
Norwich-New London 137,500 136,300 135,300 133,600 137,600 1,200 0.9% -100 -0.1%
Torrington 38,300 37,600 37,400 37,300 37,700 700 1.9% 600 1.6%
Waterbury 70,000 69,100 69,000 68,300 70,300 900 1.3% -300 -0.4%
Willimantic-Danielson 37,700 38,000 37,100 36,900 37,300 -300 -0.8% 400 1.1%

* Labor-management dispute ** Includes Native American tribal government employment

Data in this publication are benchmarked to March 2005. Current month's nonfarm employment 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 June 2006
UNEMPLOYMENT
Persons Unemployed - by Place of Residence

CONNECTICUT AND THE UNITED STATES

June 2006 June 2005 May 2006
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 75,000 4.1 89,900 4.9 -14,900 -0.8 73,700 4.0
Labor Force 1,834,800 1,817,200 17,600 1,831,700
UNITED STATES
Unemployed 6,957,000 4.6 7,493,000 5.0 -536,000 -0.4 7,015,000 4.6
Labor Force 151,321,000 149,243,000 2,078,000 150,991,000

Unemployed - Not Seasonally Adjusted
CONNECTICUT 81,200 4.4 96,100 5.2 -14,900 -0.8 71,900 3.9
Labor Market Areas
Bridgeport-Stamford 19,000 4.0 22,900 4.9 -3,900 -0.9 16,800 3.6
Danbury 3,100 3.4 3,700 4.1 -600 -0.7 2,700 3.0
Enfield 2,400 4.8 2,600 5.3 -200 -0.5 2,000 4.1
Hartford 26,400 4.5 31,500 5.5 -5,100 -1.0 23,500 4.1
New Haven 13,800 4.5 16,300 5.3 -2,500 -0.8 12,300 4.0
Norwich-New London 6,500 4.3 7,300 4.8 -800 -0.5 5,800 3.9
Torrington 2,100 3.8 2,600 4.7 -500 -0.9 1,900 3.4
Waterbury 5,400 5.3 6,500 6.4 -1,100 -1.1 5,000 5.0
Willimantic-Danielson 3,100 5.4 3,300 5.8 -200 -0.4 2,600 4.5

UNITED STATES 7,341,000 4.8 7,870,000 5.2 -529,000 -0.4 6,655,000 4.4

U.S. AND CONNECTICUT UNEMPLOYMENT RATES - Seasonally Adjusted
2004 - 2006
7.0

6.0
Percent Unemployed

US
5.0
CT

4.0

3.0
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

2004 2005 2006

Connecticut Labor Situation June 2006
UNEMPLOYMENT RATES
Not Seasonally Adjusted

North
Canaan
Colebrook Hartland
Suffield Enfield Somers Union
Salisbury Stafford
Norfolk Thompson
Granby Enfield Woodstock
Canaan
East 4.8
Barkhamsted Granby Windsor
Winchester Locks Ellington
East Putnam
Windsor Pomfret
Willington Ashford Eastford
Simsbury Tolland
Windsor
Sharon
Goshen New
Canton Willimantic-Danielson
Cornwall Bloomfield South
Torrington Hartford
Windsor
Vernon 5.4
Torrington Killingly
Avon Chaplin
3.8 West Manchester
Coventry Mansfield Hampton Brooklyn
East Bolton
Harwinton Burlington Hartford HartfordHartford
Warren Litchfield Hartford
Kent Farmington Andover
4.5

Ne
Windham
ton Wethersfield Scotland Canterbury Plainfield Sterling
as

win
Morris Columbia
om Bristol New Glastonbury
Th

gto
Plainville Britain
Plymouth

n
Rocky 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 5.3 Hampton Colchester
Norwich
Waterbury Middletown Bozrah
Meriden
3.4 Bridge- Middlebury
Middlefield Preston
water Cheshire
Prospect
New Naugatuck East Salem Norwich-New London
Fairfield Southbury
Brookfield
Wallingford Durham Haddam Haddam 4.3 North
Beacon Stonington
Montville Ledyard
Oxford Falls Bethany

Danbury
New Haven Chester
Newtown Hamden North Lyme
Seymour 4.5 Killing-
Deep
Waterford
Stonington
Bethel Haven worth East
Wood- River Lyme New Groton
Ansoniabridge North Essex
Monroe London
Branford
Derby Old
Shelton New Guilford West- Lyme
Ridgefield Redding Haven East Clinton Old
brook Saybrook
Bridgeport-Stamford HavenBranford Madison
Orange West
4.0 Haven

Wilton
Weston
Easton Trumbull

Stratford
Milford June 2006
Bridgeport
New
Canaan
Westport
Fairfield
Connecticut: 4.4%
Stamford Norwalk
U.S.: 4.8%
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

Jun Jun Change May Jun Jun Change May Jun Jun Change May
2006 2005 over Yr. 2006 2006 2005 over Yr. 2006 2006 2005 over Yr. 2006

CONNECTICUT $830.07 $794.33 $35.74 $819.00 42.2 42.5 -0.3 42.0 $19.67 $18.69 $0.98 $19.50

Bridgeport-Stamford 823.77 830.76 -6.99 825.66 40.6 42.0 -1.4 39.6 20.29 19.78 0.51 20.85
New Haven 722.18 701.76 20.42 677.03 41.6 42.3 -0.7 39.5 17.36 16.59 0.77 17.14
Norwich-New London 826.04 798.32 27.72 808.32 42.8 42.6 0.2 42.1 19.30 18.74 0.56 19.20

Due to constraints of the sample upon which estimates are made, manufacturing hours and earnings estimates for the Hartford and
Waterbury labor market areas have been suspended.

Connecticut Labor Situation June 2006
TRENDS
Seasonally Adjusted

Nonfarm Total Unemployment
Employment (000s) Rate
2005
Jan 1,656.6 4.9 Nonfarm Employment
Feb 1,659.6 5.0 1,680
Mar 1,657.3 5.1
1,675
Apr 1,664.3 4.9
May 1,661.6 5.0

Thousands
1,670
Jun 1,663.9 4.9 1,665
July 1,663.8 4.9
Aug 1,663.7 5.0 1,660

Sep 1,665.4 4.9 1,655
Oct 1,667.6 4.9
1,650
Nov 1,667.7 4.7 Jan Mar May July Sep Nov Jan Mar May July Sep Nov
Dec 1,668.6 4.6 2005 2006

2006
Jan 1,669.2 4.6
Feb 1,671.9 4.5
Mar 1,666.9 ** 4.6
Total Unemployment Rate
6.0
Apr 1,673.9 3.9
May 1,668.9 4.0 5.5

Jun 1,671.0 4.1 Percent
5.0
July
4.5
Aug
Sep 4.0

Oct 3.5
Nov
3.0
Dec Jan Mar May July Sep Nov Jan Mar May July Sep Nov
2005 2006

Avg Weekly Avg Manufacturing
Initial Claims Weekly Hours*
2005
Jan 4,248 42.0 Average Weekly Initial Claims
Feb 4,046 41.9 5,000

Mar 4,298 42.0 4,500
Apr 4,203 42.3
May 3,972 42.2 4,000

Jun 3,995 42.5
3,500
July 4,160 42.1
Aug 4,232 41.8 3,000
Sep 4,022 42.0
Oct 4,294 42.1 2,500
Jan Mar May July Sep Nov Jan Mar May July Sep Nov
Nov 4,175 42.3 2005 2006
Dec 4,435 42.7

2006
Jan 3,524 42.5
Feb 4,281 42.3
Mar 3,941 42.0 Average Manufacturing Weekly Hours
Apr 4,229 41.6 43.0

May 4,277 42.0
Jun 4,180 42.2 42.0
July
Aug
Sep 41.0

Oct
Nov
40.0
Dec Jan Mar May July Sep Nov Jan Mar May July Sep Nov
2005 2006

* Not Seasonally Adjusted
** Labor-management dispute

Connecticut Labor Situation June 2006