Of all the states in the nation, Connecticut was among those having the smallest increase in the number of jobs last month, according to Intuit’s April Small Business Indexes. The monthly report ranked Connecticut seventh-worst for job growth, with 0.06-percent change over the previous month. By comparison, the state at the top of the report’s list for job growth, Virginia, increased its number of positions by 0.3 percent between March 24 and April 23. States ranking below Connecticut are Tennessee, Louisiana, Illinois, Missouri, Massachusetts and Minnesota. The Intuit Small Business Indexes is a series of monthly reports that provides insight into trends centering on employment and revenue for small (fewer than 20 employees) U.S. businesses. Information is garnered from 225,000 Intuit Online Payroll and QuickBooks Online Payroll small-business customers. Among other findings for the April report are that small business employment grew by 0.12 percent last month; “professional and technical services” was the only sector to see a revenue increase (0.07 percent) on a per-business basis in March; and the average monthly pay of small business hourly employees in April was $2,741, a $2 increase over March.
STAMFORD — Students and others considering a career in medicine might want to sit in on a series of free public lectures that present basic information about a variety of medical specialties. The talks, collectively referred to as the Mini Medical School program, are being presented by Stamford Hospital and take place in its Tully Health Center Brace Auditorium, Wednesdays from 6:30 to 8 p.m. through May. The center is located at 32 Strawberry Hill Court. Structured in a similar way to medical school lectures, the presentations will be given by board-certified physicians. Upcoming talks will center on blood disorders and cancer (May 14), gynecology (May 21) and ear, nose and throat conditions (May 28). “The Mini Medical School program offers a unique learning opportunity, whether someone comes to one lecture or all six,” said program Director Henry Yoon in a release. “It is an excellent way for our physicians to connect with the community and offer a dynamic introduction to the world of medicine and health.” Seating is limited, and registration is required. To register or learn more, call 877-233-9355.
NORWALK – A two-percent March rise in job postings at FairfiledCountyJobs.com left a top administrator of the online employment service unimpressed. Despite the upward blip over the previous month, David Lewis, CEO of parent company AllCountyJobs.com, does not predict an upward trend. “The March numbers continue to show a trend of unremarkable activity in the area’s job market,” Lewis stated in a release. “With Q1 2014 finishing out with a modest four-percent increase in job posting activity, the outlook for the second quarter is similarly flat. Any significant movements upward are not clearly seen on the horizon.” Jobs posted most frequently on FairfieldCountyJobs.com included positions in administration, sales and customer service. Financial services, nonprofit and legal industries attracted the highest volume of postings, and the most popular markets in March were Stamford, Norwalk and Westport.
WETHERSFIELD — Employment stagnation attributed to the harsh winter weather seems to have experienced a seasonal thaw, with the state adding 4,900 non-farm positions in March, according to preliminary statistics from the state Department of Labor’s Office of Research. That’s a 0.3-percent increase in jobs over February. The unemployment rate for March remained at seven percent, the same as the previous month. “March showed some solid signs of a return to previous job growth trends,” said Andy Condon, director of the Office of Research, in a release. “These include the third month in a row of an expanding labor force and employment/population ratio, growing manufacturing employment, and positive movements in private-sector hours and earnings Recovery trend employment growth appears to be returning following the volatile winter.” Among sectors reporting the greatest job gains for the month of March are leisure and hospitality (2,300 added positions) and transportation and public utilities (2,000 positions). Two sectors reported net job losses for March. The professional and business services sector lost 900 positions, and construction ended the month with 700 fewer jobs. DOL estimates that the state has recovered slightly more than half of the positions lost during the recessionary period from March 2008 to February 2010. Approximately 119,100 seasonally adjusted nonfarm jobs were lost during that time, the department reports. It asserts that since then a total of 65,000 positions, or 54.6 percent, have been regained.
WETHERSFIELD — The state’s Department of Labor reminds employers that its apprenticeship program is available to help them train and develop trade skills of potential workers. These placed apprentices earn while learning through supervised, site-based vocational training, with an emphasis on building a strong employer-employee relationship. The program is offered through the department's Office of Apprenticeship Training. Employers who wish to become a program sponsor are matched with expert consultants who provide technical assistance, monitoring and other services. In addition to the possibility of adding to its customized workforce and other workplace advantages, a company that trains apprentices for the manufacturing trades could be eligible for a corporate-tax credit. For more information, contact the Office of Apprenticeship Training at 860-263-6000.
NORWALK — "Unremarkable" is how the top administrator of a Fairfield County job-market monitoring and résumé database company describes job activity in the region for February. Job postings declined by two percent compared to the previous month, according to FairfieldCountyJobs.com. In keeping with prior monthly observations, job titles most often posted in February were in the accountancy, administration and sales categories. Job-seekers were most interested in jobs in the financial services, accounting and professional-services areas. In addition, FairfiedlCountyJobs.com reports that the most active markets within the county were Stamford, Norwalk and Westport. "The February numbers reinforce the ongoing trend of unremarkable activity in the area's job market," said David Lewis, CEO of AllCountyJobs.com, in a release. "With no real sign of any positive momentum in the area of employment, the first quarter of 2014 is not looking promising." FairfieldCountyJobs.com is a subsidiary of AllCountyJobs.com.