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Bi-Weekly Unemployment Down 1.1 Percent

For immediate release
February 15, 2008

WETHERSFIELD - Unemployment claims for the two-week period ending February 9 averaged 54,077, down 595 or 1.1 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 52,762 unemployment claims are up by 1,315. This is a 2.5 percent increase.

Regular state initial (first-time) filings decreased to 4,158 from the prior two-week level of 4,861. Continued claims increased to 49,919 from 49,811. Included in these figures were 1,664 temporary filings. Regular benefits expired for 697 claimants.

The insured unemployment rate, defined as continued claims filed during the most recent 13-week period, was 2.6 percent. This is up from 2.4 percent two weeks ago and the same as one year ago.

Claims activity was down in eleven of the fourteen Connecticut Department of Labor offices throughout the state.

Contact: Nancy Steffens  (860) 263-6535


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