Job creation exceeds jobs lost in Connecticut

On Monday, November 30, 2015, the Connecticut Department of Labor (CT DOL) – Office of Research released their monthly Business and Employment Changes Announced in the Media report. For the month of November, this job market indicator, called Startups and Expansions, showed signs of hope in a tight labor market in Connecticut.

For companies that announced new hiring activity in November to the CT DOL, Bass Pro Shops, who opened a new retail store in Bridgeport, and Amazon, who opened a new sorting facility in Wallingford, both tied with 400 new hires each.

SolarCity soon plans to hire 100 employees for its new location in Milford and Edward Jones announced longer term plans to hire 100 employees across the State in 2016.

West Elm, a home furnishings store, just opened in West Hartford which created 30 jobs. Horst Engineering in East Hartford moved its manufacturing business back to Connecticut from Mexico and plans to create 10 to 15 jobs by mid-year in 2016.

Regarding Layoffs and Staff Reductions reported in November, UTC Aerospace Systems in Danbury eliminated 35 jobs, 3M in Meriden eliminated 21 jobs, and Eastern Connecticut Health Network eliminated 23 jobs.

As for companies with upcoming layoff plans for this year, New Haven Register will eliminate 30 jobs in December and Canon Solutions America will temporarily eliminate 32 jobs in December through February.

As for companies with layoff plans slated for 2016, Monsanto announced they will close their Stonington location and eliminate 40 jobs. LEGO will reduce their staff and eliminate 33 jobs at their Enfield location.

Written by Alicia Sakal for Examiner.

Photo by Sean, Flickr.com

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