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Jobs in Connecticut

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Jobs in Connecticut are much the same as jobs anywhere. In this time of severe economic recession and crisis, one simply has to know where to look. Anywhere you go, jobs are much easier to find if you know what industries to look in, or what sectors are facing the most rapid growth, and Connecticut is certainly no exception. Connecticut has a 7.8% unemployment rate as of February 2012 which reflects a continuing rate decline. The really good news is that new jobs are being created across multiple industries that include manufacturing; trade, transportation and utilities; and construction.1 Also showing accelerating job growth are education and health services, and leisure and hospitality.

As a matter of fact, 6 of Connecticut’s 10 major sectors gained jobs in February 2012 compared to February 2011 and are expected to continue growing. Percentage increases in jobs in Connecticut were reported in construction (2.1%); trade transportation and utilities (2.5%); information services (.3%); professional and business services (.9%); leisure and hospitality (1.6%) and other services (.2%).2  

Projections for Jobs in Connecticut

Every couple of years, the Connecticut Office of Research updates a 10 year forecast to project occupations or types of jobs in Connecticut through 2018. The forecasts can be used to help make career decisions. The latest report shows some of the largest job growth for 2008 to 2018 positions requiring a degree or experience are expected to be in Business and Financial Operations occupations (780 jobs); Computer and Mathematical occupations (694 jobs); Healthcare Support occupations (974 jobs); Education, Training and Library occupations (1,666 jobs); and Healthcare Practitioners and Technical occupations (1,282 jobs).3

These trends are expected to continue well into the future, so they naturally make a great place to begin your search for jobs in Connecticut.  

History of Connecticut

Connecticut can be described as a blend of culture, industry and recreation. Its cultural roots are found in its historical role during the Revolutionary War and as the home of Peabody Museum and Yale University. The state has a significant amount of rural areas, but most of its income is derived from industry. One of the reasons technical occupations like computer and mathematics are growing is because principal state industries include jet engines, electronics and computer equipment. Many of the state’s industries cater to the military. In addition, there is a large insurance and finance industry which also creates jobs in Connecticut.

Geographically, Connecticut is an interesting place to live. Many west Connecticut residents commute to New York for work. However, it seems that almost as many people commute from New York City to Connecticut today as new industry sectors expand in Connecticut. These sectors include news media and sports entertainment and offer new jobs in Connecticut for job seekers.4 In other words, when you live in the right sections of Connecticut you have access to jobs in Connecticut and New York.

If you’re considering looking for jobs in Connecticut, you’ll find a state ready to enjoy a robust economic recovery.

More information can be found on jobs in Connecticut below:

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References 1 State of Connecticut Office of Research. (2012, March). State of Connecticut vs. United States Unemployment Rate - State of Connecticut. Retrieved from State of Connecticut Labor Market Information: http://www1.ctdol.state.ct.us/lmi/unemprateCTUS.asp

2 U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. (2012, April). Economy at a Glance - Connecticut. Retrieved from United States Department of Labor: http://stats.bls.gov/eag/eag.ct.htm

3 State of Connecticut Office of Research. (n.d.). Statewide Industry Occupational Data File: 2008-2018. Retrieved from Connecticut Labor Market Information: http://www1.ctdol.state.ct.us/lmi/projections.asp

4 Beekman, Daniel. (2012, January 25). Wanted: Bronx Workers for Connecticut Jobs. Retrieved from NT Daily News: http://articles.nydailynews.com/2012-01-25/news/30664974_1_metro-north-service-bronx-morris-park

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