Connecticut Q1, 2019 Employment Statistics

  • 122,411 employers, up 2.2% from 119,724
  • 1,646,879 employees, down 0.0% from 1,646,447
  • $1,487 average weekly wage, up 2.3% from $1,453
  • The average weekly wage is 25.6% above the national average
  • The cost of living is 28.8% above the national average

Employer & Employee Growth

In the last year, the number of employers in the state increased by 2,687, which is an increase of 2.2%. The number of employees in Connecticut declined by 432, a decline of 0.0%. During this same period, the average weekly wage increased by $34, an increase of 2.3%.

The number of private employers increased since last years' Q1. The number of private businesses increased by 2,702 or 2.3%. Growth in private businesses in Connecticut grew slower than the national average of 3.0%. The number of employees in these businesses decreased since last years' Q1, declining by 548 or 0.0%. The growth in employees of private businesses in Connecticut was slower than the national average of 1.7%.

The average weekly wage of employees of private businesses increased since last years' Q1. The averge weekly wage increased by $39 or 2.6%. Growth in average weekly wage of employees of private businesses in Connecticut grew slower than the national average of 3.0%.


Leading Sectors

Businesses by Sector

The sector with the greatest number of businesses in the state is Other services with 14.7% of the businesses in the state. The number of businesses in this sector increased by 4.9%. Professional services (11.7%), which increased by 2.2% and Retail trade (10.2%), which decreased by 0.7%, round out the 3 largest sectors.

Table: Sectors by Year-over-Year Qtly Business Change %
SectorChange Biz% Change
Utilities128.1%
Information1687.5%
Other services8454.9%
Company management534.2%
Transport and warehousing773.8%
Arts and entertainment673.6%
Real estate and rental1203.3%
Educational services623.2%
Healthcare3172.9%
Accommodation and food services2242.6%
Professional services3022.2%
Waste services1582.0%
Construction1511.6%
Finance and insurance891.2%
Agriculture and forestry30.8%
Manufacturing170.4%
Wholesale trade-24-0.2%
Retail trade-93-0.7%
Mining and oil extraction-2-3.6%


Employees by Sector

The sector with the greatest number of employees in the state is Healthcare with 16.4% of the employees in the state, had an increase in employees of 0.9% in the last year. Retail trade (10.6%), decreased by 2.3% and Manufacturing (9.8%), increased by 1.5%, round out the top 3 sectors.

Table: Sectors by Year-over-Year Qtly Employee Change %
SectorEmployee Change% Change
Construction1,8653.6%
Transport and warehousing1,5723.3%
Arts and entertainment6032.5%
Educational services1,3282.3%
Manufacturing2,4451.5%
Real estate and rental1881.0%
Healthcare2,4330.9%
Accommodation and food services6080.5%
Other services100.0%
Professional services-906-0.9%
Utilities-50-1.0%
Waste services-876-1.0%
Agriculture and forestry-43-1.2%
Information-568-1.8%
Finance and insurance-2,376-2.3%
Retail trade-4,145-2.3%
Wholesale trade-1,454-2.4%
Mining and oil extraction-15-3.1%
Company management-1,251-3.7%


Average Weekly Wage by Sector

The sector that pays their employees the highest is Finance and insurance paying $4,983per week compared with the state average of $1,529. Weekly wages in this sector rose by $119 or 2.4%. Company management ($3,905), declined by $52 or 1.3% and Utilities ($3,017) increased by $8 or 0.3% round out the 3 largest sectors.

Table: Sectors by Year-over-Year Weekly Wage Change %
SectorWage ChangeChange %
Information$29112.8%
Professional services$1476.8%
Construction$725.6%
Other services$294.6%
Agriculture and forestry$314.5%
Retail trade$294.3%
Healthcare$343.5%
Transport and warehousing$293.2%
Accommodation and food services$133.1%
Educational services$362.9%
Mining and oil extraction$372.9%
Wholesale trade$472.4%
Finance and insurance$1192.4%
Waste services$212.3%
Manufacturing$311.8%
Arts and entertainment$91.6%
Utilities$80.3%
Company management$-52-1.3%
Real estate and rental$-68-4.2%


Leading Industries

Businesses by Industry

Each broad sector is made up of specific industries. In Connecticut. the industry with the most businesses is Private households with 7.6% of the businesses in the state (with 9,341 employing 13,913 workers). The Private households industry had 701 more businesses, an increase of 8.1% in the last year. Restaurants and other eating places (6.0% of businesses) added 187 businesses, an increase of 2.6% and Wholesale trade agents and brokers (3.3% of businesses) had 652 fewer businesses, a decline of 13.9% round out the 3 industries with the most businesses.

Table: Top 7 Industries by Business Change %
IndustryBusiness Chg% Change
All other food manufacturing763.6%
Office equipment merchant wholesalers4354.4%
Satellite telecommunications250.0%
Data processing hosting and related services10149.5%
Natural gas distribution736.8%
Breweries1835.3%
Frozen food manufacturing233.3%


Table: Top 7 Industries by Business Change #
IndustryBusiness Chg% Change
Private households7018.1%
Restaurants and other eating places1872.6%
Computer systems design and related services1133.1%
Data processing hosting and related services10149.5%
Computer and software merchant wholesalers10029.1%
Offices of physicians993.7%
Medical equipment merchant wholesalers9526.5%


Employees by Industry

Restaurants and other eating places (6.0% of employees) added 187 employees, an increase of 2.6% and Wholesale trade agents and brokers (3.3% ofemployees) had 652 fewer employees, a decline of 13.9% round out the 3 industries with the most employees.

Table: Top 7 Industries by Employee Change %
IndustryEmp Chg% Change
All other animal production1363.6%
Local messengers and local delivery32359.4%
Steel and precast concrete contractors25141.0%
Poultry hatcheries340.8%
All other food manufacturing6139.6%
Cemeteries and crematories11338.4%
Construction machinery manufacturing1938.0%


Table: Top 7 Industries by Employee Change #
IndustryEmp Chg% Change
Aerospace product and parts manufacturing1,4344.8%
Management consulting services1,12610.5%
Couriers and express delivery services1,06215.5%
Services for the elderly and disabled1,0124.7%
Restaurants and other eating places9270.9%
Colleges and universities9033.0%
Plumbing and hvac contractors7657.4%


Average Weekly Wage by Industry

Restaurants and other eating places ($6) and Wholesale trade agents and brokers ($3) round out the top 3 industries. Employees in the Restaurants and other eating places ($6 per week) were paid $187 more per week, an increase of 2.6% and Wholesale trade agents and brokers ($3 per week) were paid $652 less per week, a decline of 13.9% round out the 3 industries that pay their employees the most.

Table: Top 7 Industries by Wage Change %
IndustryWkly Chg% Change
Appliance and electronics merchant whls.$99258.7%
Consumer electronics and appliances rental$32938.1%
Jewelry and silverware manufacturing$18335.4%
Footwear and leather goods repair$19535.4%
Furniture stores$35735.0%
Glass and glass product manufacturing$31633.6%
Sporting goods merchant wholesalers$30130.8%


Table: Top 7 Industries by Wage Change $
IndustryWkly Chg% Change
Commodity contracts dealing$2,85927.9%
Commodity contracts brokerage$2,55117.4%
Sales financing$2,22029.6%
Appliance and electronics merchant whls.$99258.7%
Investment advice$81815.9%
Management consulting services$66925.2%
Cable and other subscription programming$61118.9%


Company Size

Connecticut Businesses by Size

The solopreneur company, has the most businesses in Connecticut by far. 63.3% of all businesses in the state have fewer than 5 employees. The 114,208 small businesses in the state represent 95.9% of all private businesses. The national average is 92.9%. (Small businesses have fewer than 50 employees, Solopreneurs employ fewer than 5.) Connecticut added 2,702 businesses in the last year, an increase of 2.3% as compared to the national average of 3.0%.

Small businesses are defined as companies with fewer than 50 employees. These small businesses added 2,698 businesses in the last year, which is an increase of 2.4% as compared to the national average of 3.1%.

Mid-sized businesses are defined as companies with between 50 and 499 employees. These mid-sized businesses added 7 businesses in the last year, which is an increase of 0.1% as compared to the national average of 1.3%.

Large businesses are defined as companies with more than 500 employees. These large businesses declined 3 businesses in the last year, which is a decrease of 1.8% as compared to the national average of 2.1%.



Connecticut Employees by Business Size

Connecticut added -1,643 employees in the last year, an increase of -0.1% as compared to the national average of 5.2%. Small businesses are defined as companies with fewer than 50 employees. These small businesses added -14,722 businesses in the last year, which is an increase of -11.4% as compared to the national average of 4.2%.

Mid-sized businesses are defined as companies with between 50 and 499 employees. Mid-sized businesses added 12,727 employees in the last year, which is an increase of 2.4% as compared to the national average of 4.7%.

Large businesses are defined as companies with more than 500 employees. Large businesses added 352 employees in the last year, which is an increase of 0.2% as compared to the national average of 9.2%.

Connecticut Avg Weekly Wages by Business Size

The smallest companies in Connecticut (those with fewer than 5 employees) pay workers 24.3% more than the national average ($1,327 per week as compared to the national average of $1,005 per week). The largest companies in Connecticut (those with more than 1,000 employees) pay 15.5% workers above the national average ($2,264 per week as compared to the national average of $1,913 per week).

Average weekly wages in small businesses declined $204 per week in the last year, which is a decrease of 4.5% as compared to the national average of 3.1%. Employees of mid-sized businesses added $209 in wages per week in the last year, which is an increase of 4.7% as compared to the national average of 1.3%.

Employees of large businesses added $5 of weekly wages in the last year, which is an increase of 0.1% as compared to the national average of 2.1%.



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About the Writer

This page was created and is maintained by Kurt Tietjen, Founder of Stavera, High Peak Media & HomeGearWorks.com. Kurt is an executive, data scientist and software engineer who holds an MBA in Management Information Systems. In 2010, he partnered with scientists at Northwestern University to launch The Street Wire. This was one of the first mainstream uses of what would become “Narrative Science”, an artificial intelligence platform specializing in natural language generation. You can contact Kurt on LinkedIn here.