Connecticut is still working to regain all the jobs that it lost during the first couple months of the COVID-19 pandemic. But one of the state’s most important sectors recently completed a comeback.

The state finished 2022 with 161,200 manufacturing jobs. With that total, the state surpassed the number of positions in the sector that it had in February 2020, which was the last full month before Connecticut recorded its first COVID-19 case.

While manufacturing’s recovery of thousands of positions since the spring of 2020 attests to the robust demand for Connecticut makers’ products, further employment growth in 2023 is not a foregone conclusion. The state has the same number of manufacturing jobs as it did 10 years ago — and now, as they did then, manufacturers are struggling to fill all their openings. But today, there is arguably more commitment to tackling the shortage.

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