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LABOR SITUATION

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

STATE HEADS INTO HOLIDAY SEASON WITH 800 NEW JOBS

WETHERSFIELD, Dec. 21, 2006 – Connecticut’s nonfarm employment in November was 1,677,700, an
increase of 800 jobs from the revised October figures, the Connecticut Department of Labor announced
today. On a seasonally adjusted basis, this is a gain of 10,000 jobs compared with the November 2005
figure. This employment data is based on a survey of business establishments.

“As we generate new jobs in many of our key industries, more and more of our residents are finding
opportunities in high-skilled, high-paying careers across the state,” said Governor M. Jodi Rell. “Although this
is certainly good news, we must look at ways to expand and promote business in our state that, in turn, will
provide substantial employment opportunities and keep our talent right here in Connecticut.”

“With 800 new jobs in November, Connecticut’s economy continues to make a strong showing during the
second half of this year,” said State Labor Economist John Tirinzonie. “While the nation as a whole has seen
a slowdown in growth since July, our state’s employment picture has actually accelerated. Since July,
average monthly growth in new jobs has been just over 1,200, compared with 500 jobs per month in the first
half of 2006. Let’s hope December’s employment figures continue the spirit of the season and brighten our
economy in the upcoming year.”

Nonfarm Employment (Seasonally Adjusted)

The professional and business services sector showed the largest gain at 800 new jobs. Increases were also
found in construction and government, with both sectors up by 300, and information, up by 200 jobs. Four
sectors – financial activities; manufacturing; trade, transportation and utilities; and leisure and hospitality,
remained relatively unchanged. Those sectors showing declines were educational and health services, down
500 jobs, and other services, down by 200.

Nonfarm Employment (Not Seasonally Adjusted)

Detailed Industries: Nonadjusted employment in both durable goods and nondurable goods manufacturing
posted over-the-month gains of 300 and 100, respectively, in November. Compared with last year at this
time, nondurable goods manufacturing was off 1,300 while durable goods manufacturing added a total of 500
new jobs. Leading the way in employment gains within durable goods was aerospace product and parts,
which inflated their employment ranks by 1,100 to reach 31,200, followed by fabricated metal products, up
600 to settle at 34,200. Only computer and electronic product manufacturing saw a noticeable loss of 200
from last November’s figure, though this industry’s employment has remained relatively stable throughout
this year.

Despite an increase in jobs between October and November in nondurable goods manufacturing, overall
employment in this sector was off 1,300 from last year at this time, mainly due to the loss of 500 jobs in
chemical manufacturing. Restructuring has had a negative effect on employment in this industry over the last
several years and, with the closing of a major pharmaceutical company planned for 2007, further declines in
overall employment appear likely next year. However, it is expected that many smaller companies in this
industry will provide employment opportunities for these workers, thus cutting down the full impact of job
losses.

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Within the trade, transportation, and utilities supersector, the traditional hiring in retail trade during the
holiday season inflated employment in that industry sector to nearly 198,000, representing an increase of
6,000 from October’s figure. Despite the extra workers added to the payroll in anticipation of increased
consumer spending, employment within this industry remains slightly below last year’s level. Over-the-month
gains of several thousand were seen in clothing and clothing accessories stores and general merchandise
stores, pushing their combined job count to nearly 50,000. Employment in the transportation and
warehousing as well as wholesale trade industries remained unchanged, while utilities showed a slight drop
in its numbers.

Non-adjusted employment in the financial activities sector, as a whole, remained unchanged over the month.
Two industries, direct health and medical insurance and securities, commodity contracts and other financial
investments each posted job gains of 200, while real estate and rental and leasing saw a decline of 300 jobs
from last month. Over the year, most industries within this sector showed improvement in numbers and none
showed any loss of jobs.

Within the professional and business services supersector, accounting, tax preparation, bookkeeping, and
payroll services began gearing up for tax season, increasing the employment level by 400 to reach 10,200. A
noticeable gain was also seen in employment services, up by 500, which brings its current job count to
33,600. Both state and local government showed increases of 600 and 2,100 respectively, pushing their
combined employment to 235,700.

Labor Market Areas: Hartford, the largest of the state’s labor market areas (LMAs), added the most jobs,
5,700, over the year. The Bridgeport-Stamford LMA added 2,900 jobs, followed by New Haven, up 1,900;
Willimantic-Danielson, up 600 jobs; and Danbury, up 100 jobs. There were job losses in the remaining areas.

Hours and Earnings: The manufacturing production workweek in November 2006, not seasonally adjusted,
averaged 42.0 hours, a decrease of three-tenths of an hour from last year’s figure of 42.3 hours. Average
hourly earnings at $20.25, also not seasonally adjusted, were up 95 cents from November 2005. The
resulting average weekly wage for manufacturing workers in November 2006, at $850.50, was up $34.11 or
4.2% from a year ago.
Labor Force Data

Connecticut’s labor force was up by 11,000 persons from last month, bringing November’s total to 1,867,700.
This is an increase of 48,500 from the November 2005 figure.

Unemployment: Based on the household survey, the estimate of people unemployed, seasonally adjusted,
increased in November by 3,100 over the month to 81,600, while the unemployment rate increased two-
tenths of a percentage point to 4.4 percent. The unemployment rate for November is three-tenths of a
percentage point lower than it was a year ago when it was 4.7 percent, and one-tenth of a percentage point
below the nation’s rate of 4.5 percent. The number of unemployed people dropped 3,900 from last year.
Average weekly initial unemployment claims for first-time filers increased over the month by 270 to 4,179.
The average for November was up four claims over the year.

Unemployment rates and the number of unemployed people, not seasonally adjusted, were down over the
year in all labor market areas in November. Danbury had the lowest unemployment rate of the nine LMAs at
3.1 percent, followed by Torrington at 3.6 percent, Bridgeport-Stamford at 3.7 percent, and Norwich-New
London at 3.9 percent. The Waterbury area had the highest unemployment rate at 5.2 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 12-21-06
Labor market information is available on the Internet at www.ctdol.state.ct.us/lmi
200 Folly Brook Boulevard, Wethersfield, CT 06109-1114. www.ct.gov/dol
An Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer
NONFARM EMPLOYMENT
Jobs - by Place of Work

CONNECTICUT AND THE UNITED STATES
Change Change
Nov. Oct. Sept. Aug. Nov. over Month over Year
2006 2006 2006 2006 2005 Number % Number %
Seasonally Adjusted
CONNECTICUT 1,677,700 1,676,900 1,674,200 1,672,300 1,667,700 800 0.0% * 10,000 0.6%
Goods Producing Industries
Construction 64,600 64,300 64,000 63,800 66,200 300 0.5% -1,600 -2.4%
Manufacturing 193,400 193,400 193,400 194,200 194,200 0 0.0% -800 -0.4%
Service Providing Industries
Trade, Transp and Utilities 312,400 312,500 309,800 309,500 312,900 -100 0.0% * -500 -0.2%
Information 37,700 37,500 37,400 37,400 37,800 200 0.5% -100 -0.3%
Financial Activities 144,900 144,900 144,700 144,500 142,700 0 0.0% 2,200 1.5%
Prof and Business Services 202,600 201,800 203,600 203,300 199,900 800 0.4% 2,700 1.4%
Educational and Health Services 278,700 279,200 278,400 277,200 274,100 -500 -0.2% 4,600 1.7%
Leisure and Hospitality 131,200 131,200 132,300 133,000 129,400 0 0.0% 1,800 1.4%
Other Services 62,600 62,800 63,600 63,600 62,700 -200 -0.3% -100 -0.2%
Government** 248,800 248,500 246,200 245,000 247,000 300 0.1% 1,800 0.7%

UNITED STATES 136,018,000 135,886,000 135,807,000 135,604,000 134,231,000 132,000 0.1% 1,787,000 1.3%
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
Nov. Oct. Sept. Aug. ... Nov. over Month over Year
2006 2006 2006 2006 2005 Number % Number %
Labor Market Areas
Bridgeport-Stamford 419,400 417,700 414,500 412,500 416,500 1,700 0.4% 2,900 0.7%
Danbury 70,100 69,400 68,700 68,900 70,000 700 1.0% 100 0.1%
Enfield 47,100 46,900 46,800 46,400 48,000 200 0.4% -900 -1.9%
Hartford 559,000 556,300 553,100 544,300 553,300 2,700 0.5% 5,700 1.0%
New Haven 278,200 276,800 275,300 267,800 276,300 1,400 0.5% 1,900 0.7%
Norwich-New London 134,900 135,500 136,300 136,900 135,900 -600 -0.4% -1,000 -0.7%
Torrington 36,800 37,100 37,200 36,800 37,900 -300 -0.8% -1,100 -2.9%
Waterbury 68,700 68,600 68,500 67,200 69,800 100 0.1% -1,100 -1.6%
Willimantic-Danielson 37,900 37,800 37,600 36,000 37,300 100 0.3% 600 1.6%

* Less than 0.05% ** 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 November 2006
UNEMPLOYMENT
Persons Unemployed - by Place of Residence

CONNECTICUT AND THE UNITED STATES

November 2006 November 2005 October 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 81,600 4.4 85,500 4.7 -3,900 -0.3 78,400 4.2
Labor Force 1,867,700 1,819,200 48,500 1,856,700
UNITED STATES
Unemployed 6,817,000 4.5 7,572,000 5.0 -755,000 -0.5 6,711,000 4.4
Labor Force 152,381,000 150,183,000 2,198,000 151,998,000

Unemployed - Not Seasonally Adjusted
CONNECTICUT 76,100 4.1 83,000 4.6 -6,900 -0.5 69,800 3.8
Labor Market Areas
Bridgeport-Stamford 17,500 3.7 19,600 4.2 -2,100 -0.5 16,100 3.4
Danbury 2,900 3.1 3,000 3.4 -100 -0.3 2,600 2.9
Enfield 2,100 4.2 2,200 4.6 -100 -0.4 1,800 3.7
Hartford 24,800 4.2 26,900 4.7 -2,100 -0.5 22,800 3.9
New Haven 13,300 4.3 14,100 4.7 -800 -0.4 12,400 4.0
Norwich-New London 5,900 3.9 6,500 4.4 -600 -0.5 5,300 3.5
Torrington 2,000 3.6 2,200 4.1 -200 -0.5 1,700 3.2
Waterbury 5,300 5.2 6,000 5.9 -700 -0.7 4,900 4.9
Willimantic-Danielson 2,800 4.9 3,000 5.4 -200 -0.5 2,600 4.5

UNITED STATES 6,576,000 4.3 7,271,000 4.8 -695,000 -0.5 6,272,000 4.1

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 November 2006
UNEMPLOYMENT RATES
Not Seasonally Adjusted

North
Canaan
Colebrook Hartland
Suffield Enfield Somers Union
Salisbury Stafford
Norfolk Thompson
Granby Enfield Woodstock
Canaan
East 4.2
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 4.9
Torrington Killingly
Avon Chaplin
3.6 Coventry Mansfield Hampton Brooklyn
West East Manchester Bolton
Harwinton Burlington Hartford HartfordHartford
Warren Litchfield Hartford
Kent Farmington Andover
4.2

Ne
Windham
ton Wethersfield Plainfield Sterling

win
as Columbia Scotland Canterbury
Morris om New Glastonbury
Bristol

gto
Th Plainville Britain

n
Plymouth 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 5.2 Hampton Colchester
Norwich
Waterbury Middletown Bozrah
Meriden
3.1 Bridge- Middlebury
Middlefield Preston
water Cheshire
Prospect
New Naugatuck East Salem Norwich-New London
Fairfield Southbury
Brookfield
Wallingford Durham Haddam Haddam 3.9 North
Beacon Stonington
Montville Ledyard
Oxford Falls Bethany

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

Wilton
Weston
Easton Trumbull

Stratford
Milford November 2006
Bridgeport
New
Canaan
Westport
Fairfield
Connecticut: 4.1%
Stamford Norwalk
U.S.: 4.3%
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

Nov. Nov. Change Oct. Nov. Nov. Change Oct. Nov. Nov. Change Oct.
2006 2005 over Yr. 2006 2006 2005 over Yr. 2006 2006 2005 over Yr. 2006

CONNECTICUT $850.50 $816.39 $34.11 $847.38 42.0 42.3 -0.3 42.2 $20.25 $19.30 $0.95 $20.08

Bridgeport-Stamford 863.20 830.98 32.22 934.53 41.5 41.8 -0.3 44.8 20.80 19.88 0.92 20.86
New Haven 790.02 643.01 147.01 759.06 41.8 39.4 2.4 42.1 18.90 16.32 2.58 18.03
Norwich-New London 854.36 822.40 31.96 841.85 42.4 42.7 -0.3 41.8 20.15 19.26 0.89 20.14

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 November 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 1,671.6 4.1 Percent
5.0
July 1,672.6 4.3
4.5
Aug 1,672.3 4.5
Sep 1,674.2 4.7 4.0

Oct 1,676.9 4.2 3.5
Nov 1,677.7 4.4
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 4,140 42.4
Aug 3,947 41.9
Sep 4,011 42.4 41.0

Oct 3,909 42.2
Nov 4,179 42.0
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 November 2006