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Bi-Weekly Unemployment Up 4.9 Percent

For immediate release
November 21, 2008

WETHERSFIELD, Unemployment claims for the two-week period ending November 15 averaged 53,780, up 2,532 or 4.9 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 36,413 unemployment claims are up by 17,367. This is a 47.7 percent increase.

Regular state initial (first-time) filings increased to 4,880 from the prior two-week level of 4,866. Continued claims increased to 48,900 from 46,382. Included in these figures were 1,413 temporary filings. Regular benefits expired for 1,005 claimants.

Under the federal Emergency Unemployment Compensation Act of 2008, initial filings increased to 895 from the prior two-week level of 866. Continued claims decreased to 10,532 from 10,739. 

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 the same as two week ago and up from 2.0 percent 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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