A Special Interest Chapter of the Society for Human Resources Management



Join SMA on Thursday, January 24th with Patrick Flaherty, Assistant Director of Research and Information, form the Office of Research and Information for the Connecticut Department of Labor. 

The national economy is setting records with the longest-ever string of monthly job gains job openings at an all-time high.  The national economy has been growing since June 2009 so we could soon be in the longest expansion in history.  All of this good news has raised fears that we might be “due” for a recession.  While there is nothing inevitable about the next recession, there are been some indicators that have raised concerns. 


In Connecticut, job growth has lagged the nation and our neighbor states since the end of the great recession.  However, in the past year job growth has picked up significantly – and Connecticut is showing evidence of having some of the same issues (lots of job openings and a shortage of workers) as the rest of the nation.   Job growth in Connecticut has not been even across industries and regions. 


Patrick will discuss these and other trends.  Attendees will learn:


What are the prospects for a national recession in the near future?


Which Connecticut industries are growing and which are struggling or restructuring?


Which regions of the state are leading the way and which are falling behind?


What do the long term industry and occupational projections say about Connecticut’s future workforce needs?


What does the latest demographic data say about Connecticut’s population and importantly, its workforce – who is moving out and who is moving in?  


Patrick will also briefly discuss the importance of cooperating with the Department of Labor’s statistical programs.  Policymakers, researchers, planners and businesses rely on the accuracy of the labor market statistics.  These statistics can only be accurate with the participation of those who are asked to provide information.



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 has authored several manuscripts for the Office of Research, has given many talks and presentations to business and jobseeker groups.  He is also Adjunct Faculty at the University of Connecticut where he is teaching Principles of Microeconomics at UConn/Hartford (downtown) during the spring 2019 semester.

            Among his experiences, Patrick worked for 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.



This event qualifies for 1.5 SHRM Professional Development Credits.

This event, has been approved for 1.50 HR (Business) recertification credit hours towards aPHR™, PHR®, PHRca®, SPHR®, GPHR®, PHRi™ and SPHRi™ recertification through HR Certification Institute® (HRCI®).

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Meeting Registration:

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