It's good news that Connecticut’s revised job numbers for June were actually up, not down, says the State Department of Labor.
On the other hand, DOL says the state lost 300 more jobs in July, leaving the overall unemployment rate stalled at 9.1%.
On a jobs rollercoaster all year, Connecticut’s economy seems unable to break out of the loop.
“Even with the positive revision to June’s jobs estimate,” said the DOL’s Salvatore DiPillo, “the direction of job growth in Connecticut is uncertain.”
"Job creation has stalled," agrees CBIA economist Pete Gioia, because of the weakening of the state and national economies.
Revised data about public education sector employment boosted June’s jobs numbers from a loss of 4,100 positions to a gain of 3,300.
But as has happened throughout the year, July’s numbers dropped off.
In July, Connecticut saw jobs gains in manufacturing, construction, healthcare and social assistance, and professional and business services. Losses were registered in leisure and hospitality, government, trade, transportation and utilities, and information (publishing).
Since last July, Connecticut has gained 8,700 nonfarm jobs.
Manufacturers have been telling Governor Malloy that they have good job openings but can’t find enough qualified job candidates.
In turn, the governor this week told school leaders they must start encouraging young people to consider careers in today’s technology-driven manufacturing.
"We have many teachers and guidance counselors in our high schools and middle schools who are actively discouraging students from considering manufacturing as a career,” said the governor.
CBIA's Gioia says the result is, "we have a skills mismatch," and state government should ramp up its existing training programs to get manufacturers the talent they need.
The focus on jobs continues to intensify in Connecticut, and reports such as the latest numbers on jobs from DOL clearly show the urgency facing state lawmakers when they return for a special session this fall.