BI-Weekly Unemployment Up 3.5 Percent
For immediate release
December 21, 2007
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.
was up in eleven of the fourteen Connecticut Department of Labor offices
throughout the state.
Contact: Nancy Steffens (860)