WETHERSFIELD — In comparing two measures of employment activity, officials at the state’s Department of Labor admit they are confounded by contradictory data. One assessment, the department’s business establishment survey, indicates a relatively robust 5,100-job increase in July. The other measure, the household survey, suggests declining employment levels, higher unemployment levels and the unemployment rate up to 8.5 percent (putting it above the 8.3 percent national average).
“The complete disagreement between our two key indicators of labor market health in Connecticut makes an assessment of market conditions difficult at best this month,” acknowledged Andy Condon, director of the DOL’s Office of Research, in a release. He said more data is needed to put the statistics in proper context. Among the job-gaining supersectors were government (2,600 positions), education and health services (2,400), leisure and hospitality (1,400) and arts, entertainment and recreation (1,200). The job-losing supersectors included trade, transportation and utilities (minus 1,600 positions), construction and mining (minus 1,500) and financial activities (minus 700).