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CT Labor Force

Connecticut's workforce is highly educated and skilled. Connecticut ranks 4th in the nation with 34.2% of the state population over the age of 25 holding a college degree or higher.

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Labor Force
July 2010 Labor Force Employed Unemployed Rate
U.S. 153,698,000 139,415,000 14,282,000 8.5%
Connecticut 1,892,000 1,731,300 161,400 9.3%
CT's Central Coast 385,592 347,948 37,644 9.8%
Bridgeport-Stamford LMA 479,120 440,894 38,226 8.0%
New Haven LMA 317,264 289,203 28,061 8.8%
Ansonia 10,248 9,138 1,110 10.8%
Bridgeport 64,774 56,174 8,600 13.3%
Derby 7,039 6,338 701 10.0%
East Haven 16,540 14,994 1,546 9.3%
Easton 3,730 3,516 214 5.7%
Fairfield 28,599 26,626 1,973 6.9%
Hamden 31,543 28,912 2,631 8.3%
Milford 32,989 30,385 2,604 7.9%
New Haven 57,868 50,480 7,388 12.8%
North Branford 8,514 7,888 626 7.4%
North Haven 13,465 12,406 1,059 7.9%
Orange 7,324 6,877 447 6.1%
Shelton 23,308 21,587 1,721 7.4%
Stratford 26,429 23,903 2,526 9.6%
Trumbull 17,888 16,732 1,156 6.5%
West Haven 30,428 27,355 3,073 10.1%
Woodbridge 4,906 4,637 269 5.5%
Source: CT Department of Labor (not seasonally adjusted)
Current Recessionary Job Losses In Connecticut
Non-Farm Employment  
November 2009 1,610,700
November 2010 1,616,700
Job Change  
Nov. 2009 - Nov. 2010 8,000
Percentage 0.5%
Source: CT Department of Labor, Dec. 16, 2010
Connecticut Non-Farm Employment
November 2010 June 2010 June 2009 Change % Change % of Workforce
Connecticut 1,616,700 1,610,700 8,000 0.5% 100.0%
Goods Producing Industries:
Construction 49,400 52,800 -3,400 -6.4% 3.2%
Manufacturing 167,500 167,800 -300 0.2% 10.5%
Service Providing Industries:
Trade, Trans., Utilities 288,300 289,800 -1,500 -0.5% 18.8%
Information 33,800 34,600 -800 -2.3% 2.1%
Financial Activities 133,800 136,400 -2,600 -1.9% 8.2%
Prof & Business Svcs 190,800 181,800 9,000 5.0% 11.6%
Edu & Health Svcs 311,200 303,200 8,000 2.6% 19.1%
Leisure & Hospitality 139,500 134,600 4,900 3.6% 8.6%
Other Services 61,000 62,100 -1,100 -1.8% 3.7%
Government* 242,700 247,000 -4,300 -1.7% 15.3%
*Includes Native American tribal government employment  |  Source: CT Department of Labor (seasonally adjusted)
Educational Attainment
2008 American Survey High School
Graduate
Some College,
No Degree
Associate's
Degree
Bachelor's
Degree
Graduate or
Professional Degree
U.S. 29.3% 20.3% 7.4% 17.4% 10.1%
Connecticut 28.8% 17.1% 7.3% 19.9% 15.2%
CT's Central Coast 30.5% 17.3% 6.7% 18.8% 15.0%
Fairfield County 23.9% 14.6% 6.2% 24.7% 18.8%
New Haven County 31.2% 17.7% 7.0% 17.5% 14.5%
Bridgeport 35.2% 16.8% 5.8% 10.3% 4.9%
East Haven 41.6% 17.5% 6.4% 13.0% 7.9%
Fairfield 15.8% 14.3% 5.2% 32.8% 25.9%
Hamden 26.1% 19.3% 6.0% 19.3% 21.1%
Milford 29.6% 19.1% 7.6% 21.5% 15.8%
New Haven 28.6% 15.4% 4.5% 14.7% 17.5%
North Haven 32.2% 17.9% 6.7% 19.9% 15.8%
Shelton 32.1% 17.3% 8.4% 18.4% 14.0%
Stratford 30.7% 19.4% 8.3% 16.7% 12.1%
Trumbull 23.9% 15.0% 6.8% 26.5% 21.7%
West Haven 39.9% 17.9% 7.9% 14.0% 8.3%
Source: U.S. Census, 2005-2009 American Survey (Specific results not given for: Ansonia, Derby, Easton, North Branford, Orange & Wodbridge.)
Hours and Earnings of Manufacturing Production Workers
December 2009 Dec. 2009 Dec. 2008 Change % Change Nov. 2009
Weekly Earnings $969.31 $915.73 $53.58 5.90% $971.79
Weekly Hours 41.3 41.7 -0.4 -1.00% 41.3
Hourly Earnings $23.47 $21.96 $1.51 6.90% $23.53
Source: CT Department of Labor (not seasonally adjusted)
Income Data
October 2009 Connecticut U.S.
2008 Per Capita Income (p) $56,272 $40,208
2007 Per Capita Income $55,609 $39,430
Net Change $663 $778
Percent Change 1.20% 2.00%
(p) - Preliminary  |  Source: Bureau of Economic Analysis
Connecticut Ranks 4th in the nation with more than 34% of the state's population over the age of 25 holding a college degree or higher.

U.S. Map by State:
Percent of People Over Age 25 Who Have Completed a Bachelor's Degree

Key:
16.9 - 21.1% 16.9 - 21.1%
21.6 - 24.0% 21.6 - 24.0%
24.5 - 27.6% 24.5 - 27.6%
28.2 - 32.9% 28.2 - 32.9%
33.7 - 45.4% 33.7 - 45.4%
U.S. Map by State: Percent of People Over Age 25 Who Have Completed a Bachelor's Degree
 Source: U.S. Census Bureau, 2005-2007 American Community Survey
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