Governor Dannel P. Malloy frequently notes that when he became governor, there had been no net job growth in Connecticut in 22 years.
It’s more complicated than that, because between 1990 and 2012, there were several times the state added tens of thousands of jobs, but then employers cut them again.
It took eight years to get there, but the state had more jobs than it did in January 1990 from July 1998 through March 2003. And from April 2004 through March 2009, the state was also above the January 1990 tally, when there were 1,644,200 jobs in Connecticut. (In December 2012, there were just 1,623,400 jobs).
The peaks were in July 2000, at 1,702,600, October 2007, at 1,703,100, and March 2008, at 1,712,200.
So over 18 years, there was 4 percent job growth at Connecticut employers. But measured from peak to peak, 2000 to 2008, there was so little growth it could be just statistical noise.
Still, even these highs and lows don’t capture the full story of work in Connecticut, because independent contractors, freelancers and other self-employed people aren’t counted in those numbers.
Given the wealth in the state, and, before the Great Recession, its quite low unemployment rate, were self-employed people choosing to live in the state for its quality of life rather than its robust job market?
A report released Thursday suggests that’s probably not the answer.
That’s because the number of self-employed people nationwide has been declining steadily since 2004. Plus, the share of workers in Connecticut who are self-employed are not dramatically higher than the nation as a whole.
For the incorporated self-employed — those who tend to be more educated, higher-paid, and more likely to be working full-time in the business — our percentages match the national average. In 2011, the most recent data available, 3.4 percent of all workers were in this kind of business.
For the non-incorporated self-employed — which includes people with side jobs as Avon ladies and web designers as well as many construction workers — Connecticut’s share was 6.8 percent, and the national share was 6.2 percent.
Maine, Montana and Vermont all had far more self-employed than Connecticut.