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Bi-Weekly Unemployment Up 8.2 Percent

For immediate release
December 7, 2007

WETHERSFIELD -- Unemployment claims for the two-week period ending December 7 averaged 39,392, up 2,979 or 8.2 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 38,702 unemployment claims are up by 690. This is a 1.8 percent increase. 

Regular state initial (first-time) filings increased to 4,292 from the prior two-week level of 3,469. Continued claims increased to 35,100 from 32,944.  Included in these figures were 2,040 temporary filings. Regular benefits expired for 643 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 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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