After a revision to its data, the U.S. and State Labor Departments reported Monday that Connecticut lost nearly 2,000 fewer jobs to the recession than thought and saw employers add 7,100 jobs in January.
The unemployment rate dipped to 8 percent from 8.1 percent in December. Each year, the labor departments revise their yearly job data. This revision, found December employment was actually down 1,000 jobs instead of a 600 gain, as previously thought.
Gains were particularly strong in Construction in January, which makes sense as the mild winter has allowed more work to be carried out this season than last. Construction was up 3,100 jobs in the month and was up 1,100 from a year ago, marking progress in one of the state’s hardest hit industries.
According to the revisions, the recession’s toll on Connecticut jobs was 117,500 instead 119,200. The 1,700 jobs found to have not been lost is larger than the total number of people employed in communities like Goshen orVoluntown.