CT adds 1,100 jobs in March

City says 7,000 summer jobs are available for Boston youth ages 14 to 18

Connecticut continued its slow but steady job recovery since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic by adding 1,100 payroll jobs in March, while the unemployment rate remained unchanged, according to preliminary data released Thursday by the state Labor Department.

Last month rose compared to job increases of 5,100 in February and 8,800 in January, but Labor Department officials said they were not surprised by the slowdown. By factoring in the roughly 15,000 jobs it gained in the first three months of 2023, the state regained nearly 97 percent of the roughly 289,000 jobs it lost. During the economic shutdowns brought on by the pandemic in the spring of 2020.

“This is a strong jobs report,” said Dante Bartolomeo, commissioner of the Department of Labor, in a written statement. “As expected, employers added jobs at a more modest rate than January and February, but clearly this remains a very strong market for job seekers at all levels of their careers.”

In March, five of the state’s 10 sectors increased employment – with professional and business services generating a net gain of 2,200 jobs. Within this sector, administrative and support services added an estimated 2,300 jobs “due in part to a significant jump in hiring for building and housing services,” according to a Labor Department press release.