State Records Hefty April Job Losses

May 22, 2020 - 6:29 am
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WETHERSFIELD, Conn. (WTIC and AP) - Newly released numbers show Connecticut lost a historic 266,300 net jobs in April, due mostly to the coronavirus pandemic. While all industries experienced signifcant declines, the leisure and hospitality, retail trade and education and health services sectors were hit the hardest, according to the Department of Labor.

Andy Condon, the agency's director of the Office of Research, said Thursday it's too soon to tell how many of the jobs were suspended and will return as more of the state's economy is allowed to reopen, and how many were permanently lost.

“If you talk about on a percentage basis, the Stamford area was hit very hard. The pandemic issue there was very difficult,” Condon said. “The southeast part of the state on percentage basis was hit very hard, perhaps a little worse on a percentage basis that other parts of the state. But everyone was significantly damaged.”

While the federal government's statistics indicate Connecticut now has a 7.9% unemployment rate, state Labor Comissioner Kurt Westby said that's inaccurate and the figure is more likely 17.5%.