FROM THE GREENWICH TIME:
U.S. employers added 156,000 jobs in December, according to federal estimates published Friday morning.
Nationally, 7.5 million people remain without work, with the unemployment rate at 4.7 percent as calculated by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.
Also unchanged was the number of people who have been searching for jobs without success for at least 27 weeks, at 1.8 million people, with long-term unemployment down by 263,000 people from a year ago.
And those who have settled for part-time work dropped in 2016 by 459,000 people to 5.6 million in all, remaining largely unchanged in December. BLS classified another 426,000 people as discouraged workers, those who are not searching for work as of December on the belief no suitable openings exist, with the figure down by more than a third from a year ago.
Connecticut employment figures are scheduled to be released on Thursday, Jan. 19.
FairfieldCountyJobs.com hosts a career fair on Wednesday, Jan. 18 from 3:30 to 6 p.m. at the Norwalk Inn & Conference Center at 99 East Ave. in Norwalk, listing as participating employers AmeriCares, Crius Energy, Family & Children’s Agency and OperationsInc among others, with registration online.
by Alex Soule