Job creation in Connecticut was anemic in 2013, with just 11,500 jobs created for the year, about half the growth rate of the strongest years, and slower than in 2011.
The data, released by the Connecticut Department of Labor Monday, is based on preliminary surveys, and may be revised substantially in March, when economists finish a more complete analysis based on tax records.
In 2012, the revision added 8,000 jobs to the yearly tally, but Andy Condon, director of the department’s research office, said the revision is unlikely to be that large this year.
He said the revisions for the first nine months of 2013 are already in, and they are showing job creation numbers that were about 4,000 better than initial estimates. If the last quarter of the year was flat, as initial estimates suggest, “We’d show something like 15,500″ for the full year, he said. That would be best year since 2006, when the state added 23,100 jobs.
The report on jobs and unemployment said that the state’s employers cut 3,900 more jobs than they added in December, and that seasonally adjusted first-time claims for unemployment increased 12 percent from November to December, an increase of about 550.The same report, however, said unemployment fell to 7.4 percent, and that the improvement was largely as people found jobs, not because they retired, went back to school or quit looking.
The national unemployment rate in December was 6.7 percent.
Over the year, the largest job losses were in manufacturing, where there were 4,000 fewer jobs in the state than when the year began, a drop of 2.5 percent; financial services and real estate, with 1,300 fewer jobs; government, with 1,300 fewer jobs.
Private education and medical jobs grew the most, with 7,900 new positions, and construction grew 5,800, the largest percentage increase by far, at 11 percent.