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BI-Weekly Unemployment Up 9.3 Percent

For immediate release
July 5, 2007

WETHERSFIELD, Unemployment claims for the two-week period ending June 30 averaged 40,600, up 3,461 or 9.3 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 648 a decrease of 1.6 percent.

Regular state initial (first-time) filings increased to 5,329 from the prior two-week level of 2,980. Continued claims increased to 35,271 from 34,159.  Included in these figures were 976 temporary filings.  Regular benefits expired for 638 claimants.

The insured unemployment rate, defined as continued claims filed during the most recent 13-week period, was 2.2 percent. That is down from 2.3 percent two weeks ago and the same as one year ago when the number of claims statewide totaled 41,248.

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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