CT office workers got more pink slips in fourth quarter 2012

The job market for office workers remained a rough one in 2012 as the sector continued to lead Southwest Connecticut for job losses, according to the Labor Department’s quarterly survey.

The department said in the fourth quarter of 2012, there were 1,711 people who had lost office jobs in the Bridgeport Stamford market, up 18 percent from a year ago when 1,446 were hunting for jobs. The largest concentration of people who were unemployed in the Bridgeport Stamford area were former office, workers, the department said.

In Danbury, there were more unemployed office workers than any other occupation, with 287 who were jobless in the quarter, up 16 percent from a year ago, when 246 were unemployed.

The state’s unemployment picture turned ugly last year as statistics tracked by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics showed Connecticut’s labor force was shrinking and job losses were growing. However, some economists and public officials have questioned the accuracy of the statistics.

But these fourth quarter numbers, taken from the state’s unemployment offices, which track actual unemployment insurance beneficiaries, show the job market was pretty rough at the end of 2012.

Statewide, the service sector, including healthcare and protective services, had the highest concentration of unemployed with 21 percent. Office administrators were second statewide, accounting for 16 percent of the unemployed and manufacturing was third, with 12 of every 100 unemployed coming out of a factory.

Highest concentration of unemployment by job sector for Bridgeport-Stamford region and Danbury region.

Rob Varnon