APR            APR            CHANGE            MAR            FEB

                    2011            2011            NO.            %            2010            2011

Total Manufacturing Employment            167.1            165.4            1.7            1.0            -166.2

           

Average Weekly Hours            40.6            41.4            -0.8            -1.9            41.1            _

Average Hourly Earnings            24.71            23.19            1.52            6.6            24.81            _

Average Weekly Earnings            1,003.23            960.07            43.16            4.5            1,019.69            _

CT Mfg. Production Index

(2005=100)

Production Worker Hours             86.7            87.3            -0.6            -0.7            88.5            89.3 

(000s)

                    4,206            4,096            110            2.7            4,168             _

Industrial Electricity Sales            283            300            -17.3            -5.8            294            301

(mil kWh)*

 

Source: June 2011 Connecticut Economic Indicators (not seasonally adjusted)

 

 

According to the state’s Department of Labor, manufacturers in April added 1,700 employees compared to April 2010 and most recent reports show job growth between March and April 2011 was  up 900 jobs of that total.

Average weekly hours, however, dropped in April for manufacturing workers by 0.8 hours (2 percent), while wage growth improved by a $1.52 per hour, with total weekly average earning increasing by $43.16, a 4.5-percent rise.

 

Total manufacturing production worker hours decreased 0.6 percent to 86,700 hours. 

Industrial electricity sales, however, decreased by 17.3 percent, even as electricity rates continued to decline in response to lower natural gas prices.


The Society of Manufacturing Engineers (SME) announced that its annual trade show, EASTEC, billed as the Northeast’s largest manufacturing event, will not take place next year. Instead, SME will sponsor a new event — Mfg4 — which will focus on four industries: aerospace, defense, medical and energy. The new event will take place at the Connecticut Convention Center in Hartford May 8-10, 2012.

 

According to Debbie Holton, SME’s director of events and industry strategy, the four industries are driving manufacturing growth in the Northeast, and they “share technologies and processes, and have common manufacturability challenges.”

 

EASTEC will return to the Eastern States Exposition, its traditional home, May 14-16 2013. It will then alternate annually with Mfg4.