BI-Weekly Unemployment Up 2.6 Percent
For immediate release
February 28, 2007
WETHERSFIELD, Unemployment claims for the two-week period ending February 24
averaged 54,156, up 1,394 or 2.6 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 2,048 –
an increase of 3.9 percent.
Regular state initial (first-time) filings increased to 4,816 from the prior
two-week level of 4,350. Continued claims increased to 49,340 from 48,412.
Included in these figures were 3,031 temporary filings. Regular benefits
expired for 658 claimants.
The insured unemployment rate, defined as continued claims filed during the most
recent 13-week period, was 2.7 percent. That is up from 2.6 percent two weeks
ago and down from 2.8 percent one year ago – when the number of claims statewide
Claims activity was
up in eleven of the fourteen Connecticut Department of Labor offices throughout
Contact: Nancy Steffens (860) 263-6535