BI-Weekly Unemployment Down 2.5
For immediate release
May 9, 2007
WETHERSFIELD, Unemployment claims for the two-week period
ending May 5 averaged 43,982, down 1,144 or 2.5 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 2,085 –
an increase of 5.0 percent.
Regular state initial (first-time) filings decreased to 4,019
from the prior two-week level of 5,008. Continued claims decreased to 39,963
from 40,118. Included in these figures were 4,504 temporary filings. Regular
benefits expired for 719 claimants.
The insured unemployment rate, defined
as continued claims filed during the most recent 13-week period, was 2.8
percent. That is the same as two weeks ago and up from 2.7 percent one year ago
– when the number of claims statewide totaled 41,897.
activity was down in ten of the 14 Connecticut Department of Labor offices
throughout the state.
Contact: Nancy Steffens (860) 263-6535