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Pizzella said what he hears most from business leaders is, “I’ve got to find more skilled workers.”
The average weekly wage in Fairfield County was still the nation’s eighth-highest.
Connecticut holds steady at 5.1 percent.
The New England unemployment rate was essentially unchanged at 4.7 percent in July, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reported recently, but that number is more than a percentage point better than a year ago.
A report by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) estimates that private employer costs for defined contribution plans - such as the 401(k) - were nearly 40 percent higher than private employer costs for defined benefit plans.
Through the first 10 months of 2011, Connecticut employers added 12,000 jobs, while the first 10 months of 2012 have yielded just 1,400 net new positions.
Private employers added 184,000 jobs in October, the most since February, as retail hires were the highest for any one month since April 2011, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.
Recent jobs data have stymied analysts and labor officials, with the state’s unemployment rate rising to 9.1 percent in August from 8.3 percent a year earlier as the U.S. unemployment rate declined a full percentage point over the same period.
Private sector employers reported 172,000 net new jobs in July, bolstering what was the best month for job gains since February.
While Hudson Valley economic development authorities urge patience, state Comptroller Thomas DiNapoli says New York employers still face “significant challenges and risks” in the...
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