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BI-Weekly Unemployment Up 15.2 Percent

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  (860) 263-6535

200 Folly Brook Boulevard, Wethersfield, CT 06109 / Phone: 860-263-6000

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