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Bi-Weekly Unemployment Down 7.2 Percent

For immediate release
April 13, 2007

Unemployment claims for the two-week period ending April 7 averaged 46,951, down 3,660 or 7.2 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 1,985 an increase of 4.4 percent.

Regular state initial (first-time) filings decreased to 2,991 from the prior two-week level of 3,118. Continued claims decreased to 43,960 from 47,493.  Included in these figures were 1,070 temporary filings.  Regular benefits expired for 786 claimants.

The insured unemployment rate, defined as continued claims filed during the most recent 13-week period, was 2.9 percent. That is down from 3.0 percent two weeks ago and the same as one year ago when the number of claims statewide totaled 44,966.

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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