January Sees Huge Job Hit, Weather Likely A Factor

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Connecticut’s jobs base had a net loss of 10,400 jobs in January, the Connecticut Department of Labor said Friday.

The nation’s employers added 129,000 jobs that month, about 60,000 fewer than the average over the last several years, a result that was also attributed to heavy snowstorms and very cold temperatures.

Retail, restaurants, temporary workers and insurance and finance jobs all dropped in big numbers in the month of January, the report said. Insurance and finance, where the total number of jobs fell by 1,600, is unlikely to be weather dependent.

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