BI-Weekly Unemployment Up
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
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
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