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BI-Weekly Unemployment Down 2.5 Percent

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. 

Claims activity was down in ten 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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