Bi-Weekly Unemployment Up 0.5 Percent
For immediate release
February 20, 2007
WETHERSFIELD, Unemployment claims for the two-week
period ending February 10 averaged 52,762, up 243 or 0.5 percent from the
previous period, State Labor Commissioner Patricia H. Mayfield reported today.
Compared with the same period a year ago, unemployment claims
were up by 1,214 – an increase of 2.4 percent
Regular state initial
(first-time) filings decreased to 4,350 from the prior two-week level of 4,665.
Continued claims increased to 48,412 from 47,854. Included in these figures
were 1,548 temporary filings. Regular benefits expired for 709 claimants.
The insured unemployment
rate, defined as continued claims filed during the most recent 13-week period,
was 2.6 percent. That is up from 2.4 percent two weeks ago and the same as one
year ago – when the number of claims statewide totaled 51,548.
Claims activity was up in eleven of the fourteen Connecticut Department of Labor
offices throughout the state.
Contact: Nancy Steffens