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BI-Weekly Unemployment Down 2.0 Percent

For immediate release
October 10, 2007

WETHERSFIELD, Unemployment claims for the two-week period ending October 6 averaged 34,746, down 693 or 2.0 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 616 a decrease of 1.7 percent.

 Regular state initial (first-time) filings increased to 2,882 from the prior two-week level of 2,712. Continued claims decreased to 31,864 from 32,727.  Included in these figures were 430 temporary filings.  Regular benefits expired for 814 claimants.

The insured unemployment rate, defined as continued claims filed during the most recent 13-week period, was 2.3 percent. That is the same as two weeks ago and one year ago when the number of claims statewide totaled 35,362.

Claims activity was down in nine 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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