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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 totaled 52,108.

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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