The job market in Connecticut continues to just tread water as the national economy improves, according to the latest figures from the Department of Labor.
There were 1,200 jobs added in October, just one tenth of one percent. Monday’s report said last month’s estimate of 2,000 jobs added was overly positive, and that it was a loss of 400 jobs instead.
And the state’s unemployment rate is 9 percent — it was 8.5 percent a year ago — where the national unemployment rate is now 7.9 percent. A year ago the national unemployment rate was 8.9 percent.
There are fewer people in Connecticut working in government, construction, manufacturing, insurance, banking and real estate now than before the recession began, even as the state’s job market started recovering more than two and a half years ago.
The only bright spot in the report is the projection that the year-end review of payroll data, which is more accurate than these monthly samples, will show more job growth. This report says the state has only 1,400 more jobs than it started the year with, far behind the 12,000 positions that were added in the first 10 months of 2011. But Andy Condon, director of the office of research, said he expects it will be more like 10,000 once the final data comes in.