Bad Times for Manufacturing Workers in Connecticut

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With all the talk about precision manufacturing as a strength for Connecticut — and it’s true, the durable goods made here contribute mightily to the state equivalent of GDP — the workers in this field are not sharing in the benefits.

First of all, there are far fewer workers. Ten years ago, there were 148,000 durable goods manufacturing employees in Connecticut. In  January, there were about 127,000. That’s 1,700 fewer than in January 2012.

For those that remain, they make less money on average, when adjusted for inflation, than they did five years ago.

That’s both because the average hourly wage in 2012 was lower than it was in 2009 and because there’s less overtime available. Weekly earnings in 2012 were lower than they were in 2007, after taking inflation into account.

In today’s dollars with no adjustment for inflation, production workers in all manufacturing jobs, durable and nondurable, earned an average of $22.58 an hour in Connecticut in January, down from $24.93 a year earlier.  Average weekly pay was $999.69  in January 2012, and fell to $914.49 in January 2013.

For more, visit  page three of the Connecticut Economic Digest, released Friday.

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4 thoughts on “Bad Times for Manufacturing Workers in Connecticut

  1. Old capitalist

    Telling it like it is without sugar coating and obfuscation. The greater part of our remaining durable goods mfg. employment(UTC/Sikorsky/EB) is at risk due to our deficit resultant defense spending

  2. sue

    Must be a LIE. Just ask DANNY BOY. Hasn’t HE single-handedly created thousands of NEW high paying jobs with HIS first 5 or was it first 10 no first 20 oh you get the picture. He keeps stealing OUR money to give it to fat cats who create ZERO new jobs in CT. Kinda like Obama and his green energy BS

  3. alan

    many sport obsessed lawyer/politicians like Malloy (and Rowland and Destefano who is not a lawyer) harbor the fantasy that “nerds” who study math, science and mechanics(and who can make something)can somehow create companies to replace SNET, Stanley and the other private sector Conn employers of yore and fund their little fantasy teams. I am the same age as all of them, have spent time peripherally with them and have friends who know them. and know they could not change a light bulb(much less oil) or do a calculus problem.

  4. Old capitalist

    That’s why I get a laugh when politicians talk about spending for education so companies will want to locate here.

    We spend how much per pupil vs states like Texas and North Carolina? I would venture to guess that it is probably 50% more.

    So were taxed to provide this so called advance education….and those states receive the taxes earned by our graduates who have to move there to find a job.

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