A Special Interest Chapter of the Society for Human Resources Management


Join SMA on Thursday, January 18th with Patrick Flaherty, Assistant Director of Research and Information, form the Office of Research and Information for the Connecticut Department of Labor. 

Nationally the unemployment rate is low, job growth is steady, and openings are at a record high. Yet wage growth remains stagnant. And while recent job growth has been strong, some believe that many jobs are at risk of being lost to automation.

In Connecticut, job growth remains painfully slow. The state has yet to fully recover all of the jobs lost during the "great recession" even as employers are saying they would like to hire more if they could find the right candidates.

Important industries are seeing change:

  • Manufacturing, which had been declining for decades, has stabilized and is showing some signs of growth
  • The Finance sector, which was battered in the recession is showing signs of life
  • Health Care employment growth has shifted from the big institutions to ambulatory and home care settings
  • Retail employment is feeling pressure from online competitors while transportation (shipping) and warehousing employment expands
  • Education is facing demographic and fiscal challenges
  • The government sector continues to shrink at all levels

Patrick will review these topics and more as he explains how the labor market in Connecticut and the nation unfold in years ahead given the demographic and technological challenges we face.


Dakota Steak House
1489 Silas Deane Highway
Rocky Hill, CT

5:15–5:45pm   Registration and Networking
5:45–5:50pm   Dinner orders placed
5:50–6:30pm   Salad bar and dinner served
6:30–8:00pm   Presentation and Q&A

Patrick J. Flaherty
Connecticut Department of Labor
Assistant Director of Research and Information

Patrick J. Flaherty is Assistant Director of Research and Information at the Connecticut Department of Labor where he is part of the leadership team of the state's Labor Market Information unit. Prior to his promotion to Assistant Director he was an Economist in the Office of Research where his responsibilities included occupational projections and long-term industry projections. He received his Bachelors Degree in Social Studies from Harvard University and his Masters Degree in Economics from the University of Connecticut. Patrick's research interests focus on displaced workers and human capital development. He has authored several manuscripts for the Office of Research, has given many talks and presentations to business and jobseeker groups.


Among his experiences, Patrick worked fourteen years for Fleet Financial Group and its predecessor companies where he was Vice President and Senior Economist, and served 10 years as a State Representative in the Connecticut General Assembly.




Meeting Registration:

Chapter Members: $35.00
Guest: $50.00
In transition Chapter Members: $20.00

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