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Bi-Weekly Unemployment Up 1.5 Percent

For immediate release
October 24, 2008

WETHERSFIELD, Unemployment claims for the two-week period ending October 18 averaged 48,344, up 695 or 1.5 percent from the previous period, State Labor Commissioner Patricia H. Mayfield reported today.  

Compared with the same period a year ago when the number of claims statewide totaled 34,656 unemployment claims are up by 13,688. This is a 39.5 percent increase. 

Regular state initial (first-time) filings increased to 4,027 from the prior two-week level of 3,815. Continued claims increased to 44,317 from 43,834. Included in these figures were 853 temporary filings. Regular benefits expired for 1,093 claimants. 

Under the federal Emergency Unemployment Compensation Act of 2008, initial filings increased to 979 from the prior two-week level of 927. Continued claims decreased to 16,768 from 22,355. 

The insured unemployment rate, defined as continued claims filed during the most recent 13-week period under state regular program, was 2.8 percent. That is down from 2.9 percent two week ago and up from 2.2 percent one year ago.

Claims activity was up in all but four 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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