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Bi-Weekly Unemployment Up 0.6 Percent

For immediate release
February 29 2008

WETHERSFIELD - Unemployment claims for the two-week period ending February 23 averaged 54,410, up 333 or 0.6 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 54,156 unemployment claims are up by 254. This is a 0.5 percent increase.


Regular state initial (first-time) filings increased to 4,580 from the prior two-week level of 4,158. Continued claims decreased to 49,830 from 49,919. Included in these figures were 2,561 temporary filings. Regular benefits expired for 657 claimants.


The insured unemployment rate, defined as continued claims filed during the most recent 13-week period, was 2.8 percent. This is up from 2.6 percent two weeks ago and up from 2.7 percent one year ago.


Claims activity was up in nine 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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