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Pizzella said what he hears most from business leaders is, “I’ve got to find more skilled workers.”
The state is also one of just three – along with West Virginia and Wyoming – whose workforce has shrunk since the Great Recession in 2008.
A deal finalized earlier this month saw Vistra pay $378 million for Crius Energy Trust and agree to assume Crius’ debt of $108 million.
As a result, the approximately 35 cafeteria workers laid off last month will not be rehired.
"We have substantial work ahead,” said the Norwalk firm’s president and CEO Dan McCarthy.
Private educational and health services added the most of any major industry sector during the 12-month period, up by 63,200.
Gov. Ned Lamont is also encouraging municipalities to delay collecting property taxes from affected employees.
"It is clear that Connecticut’s labor market continues to tighten," said Andy Condon, director of the DOL’s Office of Research.
Connecticut now has an estimated 1.7 million seasonally adjusted jobs and an estimated 80,000 jobless residents.
The firm provides electricity and natural gas to residential and commercial customers in 12 deregulated states, including Connecticut and New York.
The move is the culmination of parent company Siemens Health’s 2013 decision to close the Brookfield location and transition operations to Flanders, New Jersey.