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Bi-Weekly Unemployment Up 13.4 Percent

For immediate release
July 19, 2007

WETHERSFIELD, Unemployment claims for the two-week period ending July 14 averaged 46,021, up 5,421 or 13.4 percent from the previous period, State Labor Commissioner Patricia H. Mayfield reported today.

“This increase, State Labor Commissioner Patricia H. Mayfield explained, “is consistent with past seasonal trends in unemployment insurance claims. In early summer, most workers from education-related industries are idled due to school vacations. This increases the number of people eligible to receive unemployment benefits.”

Compared with the same period a year ago, unemployment claims were up by 502 – an increase of 1.1 percent.

Regular state initial (first-time) filings decreased to 5,038 from the prior two-week level of 5,329. Continued claims increased to 40,983 from 35,271.  Included in these figures were 2,899 temporary filings.  Regular benefits expired for 1,020 claimants.

The insured unemployment rate, defined as continued claims filed during the most recent 13-week period, was 2.2 percent. That is the same as two weeks ago and as one year ago – when the number of claims statewide totaled 45,519.

Claims activity was up in all 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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