Connecticut added more than 55,400 jobs in 2021, roughly 4,400 more than originally projected, the state Department of Labor reported Friday in its year-end assessment.
That pushed the state’s unemployment rate to 5.1% to close the calendar year, though it bumped back up to 5.3% in January as the omicron variant of COVID-19 struck Connecticut hard in mid-winter.
“We’ve seen significant economic recovery over the past year,” said Labor Commissioner Dante Bartolomeo. “Businesses hit hard by the pandemic are coming back, hiring is up, and the unemployment rate is down.”
Connecticut now has recovered more than 225,400 of the 289,400 jobs lost during the first two months of the pandemic, March and April of 2020. That’s about 78%. Read More