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BI-Weekly Unemployment Down 13.0 Percent

For immediate release
January 10, 2007

WETHERSFIELD, Unemployment claims for the two-week period ending January 27 averaged 52,519, down 7,852 or 13.0 percent from the previous period, State Labor Commissioner Patricia H. Mayfield reported today.

Compared with the same period a year ago, unemployment claims were down by 69 a decrease of 0.13 percent.

Regular state initial (first-time) filings decreased to 4,665 from the prior two-week level of 8,967. Continued claims decreased to 47,854 from 51,404.  Included in these figures were 2,917 temporary filings.  Regular benefits expired for 694 claimants.

The insured unemployment rate, defined as continued claims filed during the most recent 13-week period, was 2.4 percent. That is up from 2.3 percent two weeks ago and down from 2.5 percent one year ago when the number of claims statewide totaled 52,450.

Claims activity was down 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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