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Connecticut’s January unemployment rate is at 3.8 percent seasonally adjusted, unchanged from the revised December level.  The U.S. jobless rate in January 2019 was 4 percent. 

Five of Connecticut's six Labor Market Areas saw job increases in January and only one saw a decline, seasonally adjusted by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.  The New Haven area led gainers while both the Danbury and Waterbury areas added 200 jobs to the total. The Hartford region saw a loss of 300 jobs. According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, Connecticut gained 1,000 net jobs in January.  The December 2018 originally-released job gain of 1,100 remained unchanged. 

Average hourly earnings in Connecticut at $33.09, not seasonally adjusted, were up $1.36.  The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statics says that's up 4.3 percent from the January 2018 estimate.  The 12-month percentage change in the Consumer Price Index for All Urban Consumers in January was 1.6 percent.

State Labor Department research director Andy Condon says the January jobs report starts the year on a good note with an increase of a thousand new jobs in Connecticut.  But he says the the annual benchmark revision process by the Bureau of Labor Statistics significantly reduced last year’s job growth figures.

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