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LABOR SITUATION

Office of Research
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Patricia H. Mayfield
April 2007 Data
Commissioner

Connecticut’s Economy Continues Strong Growth in April with 3,200 New Jobs

WETHERSFIELD, May 17, 2007 – The state’s nonfarm employment in April was 1,696,600, an increase
of 3,200 jobs from the revised March figure, the Connecticut Department of Labor announced today. On a
seasonally adjusted basis, this is a gain of 20,300 from the April 2006 total of 1,676,300 jobs. This
employment data is based on a survey of business establishments.

“Despite April’s unusually cool weather, Connecticut’s economy continued to heat up for the sixth
consecutive month,” said State Labor Economist John Tirinzonie. “We added 3,200 new jobs to the 2,200
gain we saw in March, and so far this year we have seen an increase in employment of more than
10,000. This represents the best start for any year in recent history and far outpaces the nation in terms
of job growth. However, the gains we have seen may be tempered over the next few months, since at the
national level, employment growth has recently experienced a noticeable slowdown,” he added.

Nonfarm Employment
Employment in construction edged up again this month, adding an additional 200 jobs to its workforce.
Most of the continued gain appears to be in specialty trades contractors, which has seen an employment
increase of 1,400 since last year at this time, while the number of jobs in construction of buildings has
been relatively flat over the year.

After shedding some 200 jobs in March, manufacturing managed to regain them in April, settling in at
193,200. Three industries within this supersector seem to be the main producers of new jobs throughout
the year — fabricated metal products, machinery manufacturing, and aerospace. Most of the job losses
have been in nondurable goods, which includes chemical manufacturing, down 500 from a year ago.
Connecticut’s employment in this supersector has experienced less than half of the over-the-year job
losses incurred at the national level.

The trade, transportation and utilities supersector posted another solid job gain in April, up 500 for the
month and 1,100 over the year. Both wholesale trade and retail trade were up 200 and 300 respectively
from the March figures, while transportation and warehousing remained unchanged. Since last April,
building materials and garden equipment supplies was the biggest producer of jobs in retail trade, up 800,
while merchant wholesalers pushed employment up by 400 in wholesale trade.

After a gain of 300 in March, employment in the information supersector plunged downward by 400 in
April. Most of the job losses in this supersector, however, do not seem to be related to the
telecommunications industry.

The financial activities supersector showed another month of job gains, increasing its workforce by 200
again in April. All of the gains were in finance and insurance, up 300 for the month, and up 1,700 since
last April. Most of the yearly gains can be attributed to strong employment growth in securities, commodity
contracts and other investments along with recent hiring within the insurance carriers industry.

Employment continued to post strong gains this month in professional and business services, up 800
from the March figure. Over the last year, this supersector has added 5,000 new positions to its payroll,
and more than 10,000 in the past two years. While most industries within this supersector have seen an

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increase in their numbers, professional and scientific services seem to be the main generator of
jobs. Leading the way within this subsector, computer systems design and accounting and tax
preparation and bookkeeping services have shown the biggest increase from last year’s employment
levels -- 1,600 and 1,200 respectively. Also up from last year is services to buildings and dwellings, which
showed an increase of 900.

Connecticut’s largest supersector, educational and health services, showed marked improvement in its
employment picture during the month of April. After two months of job reductions, this supersector added
900 new jobs, much more than the 600 lost since January of this year. This month’s employment gain
was roughly split between educational services and healthcare and social services. Compared to last
year at this time, this supersector is up 5,700, with educational services, hospitals, and social assistance
each up by more than 1,000. Only offices of physicians showed any employment loss, down 200 from
April 2006.

Jobs in government and in other services grew by 400 and 300 respectively, while employment in
leisure and hospitality remained the same.

Labor Market Areas (not seasonally adjusted): The two largest of the nine Labor Market Areas
(LMAs), Bridgeport-Stamford and Hartford, each added 5,200 jobs over the year. These increases were
followed by the New Haven LMA, with 1,400 additional jobs, and the Waterbury LMA, up 1,000 jobs. The
Danbury LMA added 900 jobs over the year, while the Norwich-New London LMA added 800 jobs and the
Willimantic-Danielson LMA added 600. Both the Enfield and Torrington LMAs lost jobs over the year.

Hours and Earnings: The manufacturing production workweek in April 2007, not seasonally adjusted,
averaged 42.4 hours, which is an increase of eight-tenths of an hour from the April 2006 figure of 42.6
hours. Average hourly earnings at $20.31, also not seasonally adjusted, were up 75 cents from April
2006. The resulting average weekly wage for manufacturing workers in April 2007, at $861.14, was up
$47.44, representing an increase of 5.8 percent from a year ago.

Labor Force Data
Connecticut’s labor force was down 6,700 persons from last month, bringing April’s total to 1,860,900.
This is an increase of 28,500 from the April 2006 figure.

Unemployment: Based on the household survey, the estimate of people unemployed, seasonally
adjusted, increased in April by 1,400 over the month to 78,200, while the unemployment rate increased
one-tenth of a percentage point. The unemployment rate for April 2007 is 4.2 percent, which is two-tenths
of a percentage point higher than it was a year ago when it was 4.0 percent, and three-tenths of a
percentage point below the nation’s rate of 4.5 percent. The number of unemployed people increased by
4,600 from last year. Average weekly initial unemployment claims in April 2007 for first-time filers
increased over the month by 185 to 4,193. The average for April was up five claims over the year.

Unemployment rates, not seasonally adjusted, were up or unchanged over the year in all of the state’s
LMAs, except the Norwich-New London LMA, where the rate dropped two-tenths of a percentage point.
In April, the Danbury LMA had the lowest unemployment rate at 3.1 percent. This was followed by
Bridgeport-Stamford, at 3.6 percent, Norwich-New London at 3.7 percent, and Torrington at 4.1 percent.
The Waterbury area had the highest unemployment rate at 5.4 percent. In all areas except the Norwich-
New London LMA, there were more people unemployed in April than a year earlier.

Note: The nonfarm employment estimate 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 5-17-07
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NONFARM EMPLOYMENT
Jobs - by Place of Work
CONNECTICUT AND THE UNITED STATES
Change Change
Seasonally Adjusted Apr. Mar. Feb. Jan. Apr. over Month over Year
2007 2007 2007 2007 2006 Number % Number %
CONNECTICUT 1,696,600 1,693,400 1,691,200 1,690,100 1,676,300 3,200 0.2% 20,300 1.2%
Goods Producing Industries
Construction 68,900 68,700 68,600 68,400 66,900 200 0.3% 2,000 3.0%
Manufacturing 193,200 193,000 193,200 193,000 194,200 200 0.1% -1,000 -0.5%
Service Providing Industries
Trade, Transportation & Utilities 312,400 311,900 310,900 312,200 311,300 500 0.2% 1,100 0.4%
Wholesale 68,800 68,600 68,500 68,300 67,600 200 0.3% 1,200 1.8%
Retail 190,800 190,500 189,600 191,100 191,500 300 0.2% -700 -0.4%
Transp, Warehousing & Utilities 52,800 52,800 52,800 52,800 52,200 0 0.0% 600 1.1%
Information 37,600 38,000 37,700 37,700 37,800 -400 -1.1% -200 -0.5%
Financial Activities 145,400 145,200 144,700 144,600 143,700 200 0.1% 1,700 1.2%
Finance & Insurance 124,400 124,100 123,500 123,600 122,700 300 0.2% 1,700 1.4%
Real Estate, Rental & Leasing 21,000 21,100 21,200 21,000 21,000 -100 -0.5% 0 0.0%
Professional & Business Services 209,100 208,300 207,600 205,300 204,100 800 0.4% 5,000 2.4%
Prof, Scientific & Tech Services 94,300 94,300 94,100 93,000 90,500 0 0.0% 3,800 4.2%
Admin & Support & Waste Mgt Serv 90,400 89,400 89,000 87,400 89,000 1,000 1.1% 1,400 1.6%
Educational & Health Services 283,500 282,600 282,800 283,200 277,800 900 0.3% 5,700 2.1%
Educational Services 54,700 54,300 54,400 54,400 52,900 400 0.7% 1,800 3.4%
Health Care & Social Assistance 228,800 228,300 228,400 228,800 224,900 500 0.2% 3,900 1.7%
Leisure and Hospitality 135,800 135,800 135,000 134,800 131,500 0 0.0% 4,300 3.3%
Arts, Entertainment & Recreation 24,500 24,200 23,700 23,800 23,600 300 1.2% 900 3.8%
Accommodation & Food Services 111,300 111,600 111,300 111,000 107,900 -300 -0.3% 3,400 3.2%
Other Services 64,000 63,700 63,800 63,900 63,200 300 0.5% 800 1.3%
Government** 245,900 245,500 246,300 246,400 245,000 400 0.2% 900 0.4%

UNITED STATES 137,684,000 137,596,000 137,419,000 137,329,000 135,803,000 88,000 0.1% 1,881,000 1.4%

CONNECTICUT NONFARM EMPLOYMENT - Seasonally Adjusted 2005-2007
1700
1680
Thousands

2005
1660
2006
1640
1620 2007

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
Apr. Mar. Feb. Jan. ... Apr. over Month over Year
2007 2007 2007 2007 2006 Number % Number %
Labor Market Areas
Bridgeport-Stamford 420,900 415,900 412,800 412,300 415,700 5,000 1.2% 5,200 1.3%
Danbury 69,800 68,900 68,700 68,800 68,900 900 1.3% 900 1.3%
Enfield 48,400 47,800 48,500 49,500 49,200 600 1.3% -800 -1.6%
Hartford 555,100 547,100 545,800 545,200 549,900 8,000 1.5% 5,200 0.9%
New Haven 278,300 274,400 275,500 272,600 276,900 3,900 1.4% 1,400 0.5%
Norwich-New London 136,200 133,700 133,000 134,000 135,400 2,500 1.9% 800 0.6%
Torrington 36,600 36,400 36,400 37,300 37,000 200 0.5% -400 -1.1%
Waterbury 69,500 69,000 68,800 68,100 68,500 500 0.7% 1,000 1.5%
Willimantic-Danielson 38,300 37,600 36,900 37,000 37,700 700 1.9% 600 1.6%

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

Data in this publication are benchmarked to March 2006. 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 April 2007
UNEMPLOYMENT
Persons Unemployed - by Place of Residence

CONNECTICUT AND THE UNITED STATES

Apr. 2007 Apr. 2006 Mar. 2007
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 78,200 4.2 73,600 4.0 4,600 0.2 76,800 4.1
Labor Force 1,860,900 1,832,400 28,500 1,867,600
UNITED STATES
Unemployed 6,801,000 4.5 7,098,000 4.7 -297,000 -0.2 6,724,000 4.4
Labor Force 152,587,000 150,862,000 1,725,000 152,979,000

Unemployed - Not Seasonally Adjusted
CONNECTICUT 75,700 4.1 72,600 4.0 3,100 0.1 79,000 4.3
Labor Market Areas
Bridgeport-Stamford 16,800 3.6 16,600 3.6 200 0.0 17,600 3.7
Danbury 2,800 3.1 2,700 3.0 100 0.1 3,000 3.3
Enfield 2,100 4.2 2,100 4.2 0 0.0 2,100 4.3
Hartford 24,800 4.3 23,500 4.1 1,300 0.2 26,300 4.5
New Haven 13,500 4.4 12,500 4.1 1,000 0.3 13,700 4.4
Norwich-New London 5,600 3.7 5,900 3.9 -300 -0.2 5,900 3.9
Torrington 2,200 4.1 2,000 3.7 200 0.4 2,500 4.5
Waterbury 5,500 5.4 5,200 5.2 300 0.2 5,700 5.5
Willimantic-Danielson 2,900 5.0 2,800 4.9 100 0.1 2,900 5.1

UNITED STATES 6,532,000 4.3 6,804,000 4.5 -272,000 -0.2 6,913,000 4.5

U.S. AND CONNECTICUT UNEMPLOYMENT RATES - Seasonally Adjusted
2005 - 2007
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

2005 2006 2007

Connecticut Labor Situation April 2007
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 5.0
Torrington Killingly
Avon Chaplin
4.1 Coventry Mansfield Hampton Brooklyn
West East Manchester Bolton
Harwinton Burlington Hartford HartfordHartford
Warren Litchfield Hartford
Kent Farmington Andover
4.3

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 5.4 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 3.7 North
Beacon Stonington
Montville Ledyard
Oxford Falls Bethany

Danbury Newtown
New Haven Chester
Hamden Lyme
Seymour
North 4.4 Killing-
Deep
Waterford
Bethel Haven worth East Stonington
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
3.6 Haven

Wilton
Weston
Easton Trumbull

Stratford
Milford April 2007
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

Apr. Apr. Change Mar. Apr. Apr. Change Mar. Apr. Apr. Change Mar.
2007 2006 over Yr. 2007 2007 2006 over Yr. 2007 2007 2006 over Yr. 2007

CONNECTICUT $861.14 $813.70 $47.44 $859.02 42.4 41.6 0.8 42.4 $20.31 $19.56 $0.75 $20.26

Bridgeport-Stamford 869.80 874.53 -4.73 841.89 42.7 41.0 1.7 42.2 20.37 21.33 -0.96 19.95
New Haven 825.82 644.92 180.90 789.82 39.4 37.3 2.1 39.1 20.96 17.29 3.67 20.20
Norwich-New London 863.26 824.33 38.93 857.50 42.4 42.8 -0.4 42.2 20.36 19.26 1.10 20.32

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 April 2007
TRENDS
Seasonally Adjusted

Nonfarm Total Unemployment
Employment (000s) Rate
2006
Jan 1,674.0 4.5 Nonfarm Employment
Feb 1,673.3 4.4 1,700
Mar 1,673.3 ** 4.3
Apr 1,676.3 4.0 1,690
May 1,677.6 4.1

Thousands
Jun 1,679.6 4.2 1,680
July 1,681.8 4.4
Aug 1,685.0 4.5 1,670
Sep 1,683.0 4.4
Oct 1,682.0 4.3 1,660
Nov 1,683.6 4.2 Jan Mar M a y July Sep Nov Jan Mar May July Sep Nov
Dec 1,686.0 4.1 2006 2007

2007
Jan 1,690.1 4.4
Feb 1,691.2 4.2
Total Unemployment Rate
Mar 1,693.4 4.1 6.0
Apr 1,696.6 4.2
5.5
May
Jun 5.0
Percent

July 4.5
Aug
4.0
Sep
Oct 3.5
Nov
3.0
Dec Jan Mar M a y July Sep Nov Jan Mar May July Sep Nov
2006 2007

Avg Weekly Avg Manufacturing
Initial Claims Weekly Hours*
2006
Jan 3,611 42.5 Average Weekly Initial Claims
5,000
Feb 4,145 42.3
Mar 4,059 42.0
Apr 4,188 41.6 4,500

May 4,207 42.0
Jun 4,164 42.2 4,000

July 4,125 42.4
Aug 3,986 41.9 3,500

Sep 4,032 42.4
Oct 3,941 42.1 3,000
Jan Mar May July Sep Nov Jan Mar May July Sep Nov
Nov 4,112 42.0
Dec 4,185 42.7 2006 2007

2007
Jan 3,869 42.1
Feb 4,343 42.4
Mar 4,008 42.4 Average Manufacturing Weekly Hours
Apr 4,193 42.4 44.0

May
43.0
Jun
July 42.0
Aug
Sep 41.0

Oct
40.0
Nov Jan Mar May July Sep Nov Jan Mar May July Sep Nov
Dec
2006 2007

* Not seasonally adjusted
** Labor-management dispute

Connecticut Labor Situation April 2007