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Bi-Weekly Unemployment Down 14.3 Percent

For immediate release
February 1, 2008

WETHERSFIELD, Unemployment claims for the two-week period ending January 26 averaged 54,672, down 9,157 or 14.3 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 52,519 unemployment claims are up by 2,153. This is a 4.1 percent increase.


Regular state initial (first-time) filings decreased to 4,861 from the prior two-week level of 9,355. Continued claims decreased to 49,811 from 54,474. Included in these figures were 3,118 temporary filings. Regular benefits expired for 721 claimants.


The insured unemployment rate, defined as continued claims filed during the most recent 13-week period, was 2.4 percent. This is up from 2.3 percent two weeks ago and the same as one year ago.


Claims activity was down 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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