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BI-Weekly Unemployment Up 2.5 Percent

For immediate release
November 9, 2007

WETHERSFIELD -- Unemployment claims for the two-week period ending November 3 averaged 35,521, up 865 or 2.5 percent from the previous period, State Labor Commissioner Patricia H. Mayfield reported today.  

Compared with the same period a year ago when the number of claims statewide totaled 35,578 , unemployment claims are down by 57. This is a 0.2 percent decrease. 

Regular state initial (first-time) filings decreased to 3,153 from the prior two-week level of 3,191. Continued claims increased to 32,368 from 31,465.  Included in these figures were 567 temporary filings. Regular benefits expired for 725 claimants. 

The insured unemployment rate, defined as continued claims filed during the most recent 13-week period, was 2.1 percent. This is down from 2.2 percent two weeks ago and one year ago. 

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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