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Bi-Weekly Unemployment Up 16.2 Percent

For immediate release
December 19, 2008


WETHERSFIELD, Unemployment claims for the two-week period ending December 13 averaged 67,669, up 9,411 or 16.2 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 40,769 unemployment claims are up by 26,900. This is a 66.0 percent increase.


Regular state initial (first-time) filings increased to 8,148 from the prior two-week level of 5,882. Continued claims increased to 59,521 from 52,376. Included in these figures were 4,131 temporary filings. Regular benefits expired for 1,021 claimants.

Under the federal Emergency Unemployment Compensation Act of 2008, initial filings increased to 1,083 from the prior two-week level of 844. Continued claims increased to 10,986 from 10,376.

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