Surprising Gains--and Losses--for Different Industries

Despite a loss of 200 government jobs last month, Connecticut added 4,200 jobs at the same time unemployment fell, for the third straight month, to 7.6% (seven-tenths of a point lower than one year ago).

All gains came from the private sector, though not all industries experienced growth.

"Since the recovery began," said Pete Gioia, CBIA vice president and economist, "we've seen 52% of the jobs replaced, or 63,500 out of 121,000 that were lost.

"Sectors that were winners included trade transportation, utilities, education and health services, construction and mining, and--notably--financial services, which had been a loser for many months in a row.

"Unfortunately, though, we also had some losses--in particular, in manufacturing, business services, and leisure and hospitality."