Connecticut’s employment recovery is stalling out. Numbers released Monday show the state shed jobs in December. It’s the second straight month of job losses, after Connecticut had begun to gain back some of the staggering number of positions that went away during coronavirus shutdowns in the spring. Connecticut is still more than 100,000 jobs short of its employment level a year ago, before the pandemic. State labor officials said they do see a silver lining; the largest December declines were in businesses directly affected by the pandemic including restaurants and hotels. Some parts of the economy not directly affected by the pandemic gained jobs last month. They say that could indicate that the economic damage has not spread too far, and that Connecticut has the capacity to recover more jobs as the virus recedes.

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