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Bi-Weekly Unemployment Up 6.0 Percent

For immediate release
November 7, 2008

WETHERSFIELD, Unemployment claims for the two-week period ending November 1 averaged 51,248, up 2,904 or 6.0 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 35,521 unemployment claims are up by 15,727. This is a 44.3 percent increase.


Regular state initial (first-time) filings increased to 4,866 from the prior two-week level of 4,027. Continued claims increased to 46,382 from 44,317. Included in these figures were 1,202 temporary filings. Regular benefits expired for 943 claimants.

Under the federal Emergency Unemployment Compensation Act of 2008, initial filings decreased to 866 from the prior two-week level of 979. Continued claims decreased to 10,739 from 16,768.


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 2.1 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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