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Bi-Weekly Unemployment Up 32.0 Percent

For immediate release
January 18, 2008

WETHERSFIELD, Unemployment claims for the two-week period ending January 12 averaged 63,829, up 15,462 or 32.0 percent from the previous period, State Labor Commissioner Patricia H. Mayfield reported today.

“In January,” Mayfield explained, “workers from a variety of industries are idled due to temporary layoffs and other cyclical factors. This has increased the number people eligible to receive unemployment benefit. This is consistent with past seasonal trends in unemployment insurance claims.” 

Compared with the same period a year ago – when the number of claims statewide totaled 60,371 – unemployment claims are up by 3,458 or a 5.7 percent increase. 

Regular state initial (first-time) filings increased to 9,355 from the prior two-week level of 8,161. Continued claims increased to 54,474 from 40,206. Included in these figures were 12,564 temporary filings. Regular benefits expired for 947 claimants. 

The insured unemployment rate, defined as continued claims filed during the most recent 13-week period, was 2.3 percent. This is up from 2.1 percent two weeks ago and the same as one year ago. 

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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