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BI-Weekly Unemployment Up 0.1 Percent

For immediate release
August 29, 2007

WETHERSFIELD, Unemployment claims for the two-week period ending August 25 averaged 43,575, up 58 or 0.1 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 459 a decrease of 1.0 percent.

Regular state initial (first-time) filings decreased to 2,992 from the prior two-week level of 3,310. Continued claims increased to 40,583 from 40,207.  Included in these figures were 1,582 temporary filings.  Regular benefits expired for 619 claimants.

The insured unemployment rate, defined as continued claims filed during the most recent 13-week period, was 2.3 percent. That is up from 2.2 percent two weeks ago and down from 2.4 percent one year ago when the number of claims statewide totaled 44,034. 

Claims activity was up in seven 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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