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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  (860) 263-6535

200 Folly Brook Boulevard, Wethersfield, CT 06109 / Phone: 860-263-6000

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