BI-Weekly Unemployment Up
For immediate release
January 3, 2007
WETHERSFIELD, Unemployment claims for the two-week period ending December
30 averaged 47,058, up 6,226 or 15.2 percent from the previous period, State
Labor Commissioner Patricia H. Mayfield reported today.
In December and January, the higher
level of claims is typical of this period of the year. The increase is due to
seasonal shutdowns and temporary layoffs and is consistent with past seasonal
trends in unemployment insurance claims, Mayfield explained.
Compared with the same period a year
ago, unemployment claims were down by 2,225 a decrease of 4.5 percent.
Regular state initial (first-time)
filings increased to 8,043 from the prior two-week level of 4,542. Continued
claims increased to 39,015 from 36,290. Included in these figures were 4,650
temporary filings. Regular benefits expired for 654 claimants.
The insured unemployment rate, defined as continued claims
filed during the most recent 13-week period, was 2.1 percent. That is up from
2.0 percent two weeks ago and the same as one year ago when the number of
claims statewide totaled 49,283.
Claims activity was up in all of the fourteen Connecticut Department of Labor
offices throughout the state.
Contact: Nancy Steffens