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BI-Weekly Unemployment Down 5.0 Percent

For immediate release
August 1, 2007

WETHERSFIELD, Unemployment claims for the two-week period ending July 28 averaged 43,738, down 2,283 or 5.0 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 1,098 an decrease of 2.5 percent. 

Regular state initial (first-time) filings decreased to 3,201 from the prior two-week level of 5,038. Continued claims decreased to 40,537 from 40,983.  Included in these figures were 1,470 temporary filings.  Regular benefits expired for 799 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 down from 2.3 percent one year ago when the number of claims statewide totaled 44,836.

Claims activity was down in all but one 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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