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Bi-Weekly Unemployment Down 10 Percent

For immediate release
March 30, 2007

Unemployment claims for the two-week period ending March 24 averaged 50,611, down 5,646 or 10 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 1,775 an increase of 3.6 percent.

Regular state initial (first-time) filings decreased to 3,118 from the prior two-week level of 4,343. Continued claims decreased to 47,493 from 51,914.  Included in these figures were 1,792 temporary filings.  Regular benefits expired for 624 claimants. 

The insured unemployment rate, defined as continued claims filed during the most recent 13-week period, was 3.0 percent. That is up from 2.9 percent two weeks ago and the same as one year ago when the number of claims statewide totaled 48,836.

Claims activity was down in all of the 14 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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