Bi-Weekly Unemployment Up
For immediate release
January 4, 2008
WETHERSFIELD, Unemployment claims for
the two-week period ending December 29 averaged 48,367, up 7,598 or 18.6 percent
from the previous period, State Labor Commissioner Patricia H. Mayfield reported
In December and January, Mayfield
explained, the higher level of claims is due to seasonal shutdowns and
temporary layoffs. This increase 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 47,058 unemployment claims are up by 1,309. This is a 2.8 percent
Regular state initial (first-time)
filings increased to 8,161 from the prior two-week level of 4,432. Continued
claims increased to 40,206 from 36,337. Included in these figures were 3,548
temporary filings. Regular benefits expired for 623 claimants.
The insured unemployment rate, defined
as continued claims filed during the most recent 13-week period, was 2.1
percent. This is up from 2.0 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