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BI-Weekly Unemployment Down 1.4 Percent

For immediate release
June 6, 2007

WETHERSFIELD, Unemployment claims for the two-week period ending June 2 averaged 36,909, down 532 or 1.4 percent from the previous period, State Labor Commissioner Patricia H. Mayfield reported today.

Compared with the same period a year ago, unemployment claims were down by 941 a decrease of 2.5 percent.

Regular state initial (first-time) filings decreased to 2,880 from the prior two-week level of 2,891. Continued claims decreased to 34,029 from 34,550.  Included in these figures were 678 temporary filings.  Regular benefits expired for 597 claimants.

The insured unemployment rate, defined as continued claims filed during the most recent 13-week period, was 2.5 percent. That is down from 2.6 percent two weeks ago and up from 2.4 percent one year ago when the number of claims statewide totaled 37,850.

Claims activity was down 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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