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Bi-Weekly Unemployment Up 7.6 Percent

For immediate release
March 14, 2008

WETHERSFIELD - Unemployment claims for the two-week period ending March 8 averaged 58,557, up 4,147 or 7.6 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 56,257 unemployment claims are up by 2,300. This is a 4.1 percent increase.


Regular state initial (first-time) filings increased to 4,995 from the prior two-week level of 4,580. Continued claims increased to 53,562 from 49,830. Included in these figures were 4,914 temporary filings. Regular benefits expired for 671 claimants.


The insured unemployment rate, defined as continued claims filed during the most recent 13-week period, was 2.9 percent. This is up from 2.8 percent two weeks ago and  the same as 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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