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Bi-Weekly Unemployment Up 18.6 Percent

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 today.  

“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 increase.

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

200 Folly Brook Boulevard, Wethersfield, CT 06109 / Phone: 860-263-6000

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