Connecticut drops 4,100 jobs in April

Employment in Connecticut fell by 4,100 in April but the unemployment rate remained at 7.7 percent as more people dropped out of the labor force.

The State Labor Department reported the disappointing numbers on Thursday, but noted key industries, like construction, which saw an early boost in hiring because of warm weather, showed some losses.

Construction was down 2,300 jobs in April from March. Manuracturing employment declined by 400 for the same period. Health care and social assistance lost 1,300 jobs as did the government sector.

The department maintains the state is on pace for continued, but modest growth.

Compared to April of last year, there are 2,300 fewer jobs, with the largest losses coming in government, down 8,000, Financial activities, off 3,300, and construction and manufacturing both down 1,300 or more.

The biggest gains in employment over the last year have come in health care and education, where 7,700 jobs were added and professional business services, which include temporary workers, which was up 1,700.

The unemployment rate held steady at 7.7 percent, but the state’s labor force is smaller by 6.800 people.

Rob Varnon