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The state’s beer-making industry accounted for 11,482 jobs last year, according to the "Beer Serves America" report.
The Connecticut Department of Labor also lowered its June estimate of a 7,000 job gain to 5,600.
Marc Lautenbach added that the Connecticut state government should work in conjunction with federal efforts to improve the local economy.
Connecticut’s private sector has recovered 102 percent of jobs lost during the recession – the first net expansion of private sector jobs in 88 months.
Connecticut has added 5,500 jobs since April 2016, the slowest year-over-year growth of the New England states.
The National Sports Shooting Foundation in Newtown reported more than 2,100 workers employed in firearms or ammunition manufacturing in the state in 2016.
"Cutting jobs is no way to achieve shared prosperity," American Federation of Teachers Connecticut President Jan Hochadel said.
For 2016, nonagricultural employment in the state grew by 5,400 jobs.
The state's high-ranking Democratic political leaders also offer encouragement for the ex-WWE CEO's new role.