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BI-Weekly Unemployment Up 3.5 Percent

For immediate release
December 21, 2007

WETHERSFIELD,  Unemployment claims for the two-week period ending December 15 averaged 40,769, up 1,377 or 3.5 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 40,832 unemployment claims are down by 63. This is a 0.2 percent decrease. 

Regular state initial (first-time) filings increased to 4,432 from the prior two-week level of 4,292. Continued claims increased to 36,337 from 35,100.  Included in these figures were 852 temporary filings. Regular benefits expired for 660 claimants. 

The insured unemployment rate, defined as continued claims filed during the most recent 13-week period, was 2.0 percent. This is the same as two weeks ago and one year ago. 

Claims activity was up in eleven of the fourteen Connecticut Department of Labor offices throughout the state.




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