Data shows CT private sector jobs grew by 1,100 in October

Connecticut’s economy added 1,100 private sector jobs in October, led by job growth in the hospitality, health care and social assistance sectors, state Labor Department officials said Thursday.

October job gains in Connecticut represented the 10th straight month the state had recorded nonfarm payrolls growth, though the 4,400 jobs state officials said were created in September were cut by 100. Nonfarm payrolls in the state grew by 500 jobs last month.

However, government employment in the public sector fell by 600 jobs in October, resulting in a total net gain of 500 jobs.

Despite job creation in October, Connecticut’s unemployment rate rose three-tenths of a percentage point to 4.3 percent. Connecticut Labor Commissioner Danté Bartolomeo said despite the rise in the unemployment rate, jobless claims remain at historic lows.

“Job growth, significant gains in labor force participation and record-low unemployment are indicators of Connecticut’s strong underlying economy,” Bartolomeo said. “Some months are stronger than others and Connecticut employers added more jobs in October, which is good news for job seekers. The change of season also brings changes in employment and we expect normal holiday fluctuations in the coming months.”