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Conn. private sector employment falls in December

The pace of job creation in Connecticut came to a grinding halt in December as nonfarm employment fell by 1,800, resulting in a net decrease in jobs in 2012, according to data released by the state Department of Labor (DOL).

Payrolls climb by 171,000 in October, topping estimates

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.

Initial unemployment claims fall on eve of critical jobs report

The Department of Labor reported that first-time claims for unemployment insurance benefits fell by 9,000 to 363,000 last week.