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BI-Weekly Unemployment Up 28.3 Percent

For immediate release
January 17, 2007

WETHERSFIELD, Unemployment claims for the two-week period ending January 13 averaged 60,371, up 13,313 or 28.3 percent from the previous period, State Labor Commissioner Patricia H. Mayfield reported today.

“In January, workers from a variety of industries are idled due to cyclical factors. This has increased the number of people eligible to receive unemployment benefits.” This increase, State Labor Commissioner Patricia H. Mayfield explained, “is consistent with past seasonal trends in unemployment insurance claims.”

Compared with the same period a year ago, unemployment claims were down by 1,297 – a decrease of 2.1 percent.

Regular state initial (first-time) filings increased to 8,967 from the prior two-week level of 8,043. Continued claims increased to 51,404 from 39,015.  Included in these figures were 12,207 temporary filings.  Regular benefits expired for 933 claimants.

The insured unemployment rate, defined as continued claims filed during the most recent 13-week period, was 2.3 percent. That is up from 2.1 percent two weeks ago and the same as one year ago – when the number of claims statewide totaled 61,668.

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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