Bi-Weekly Unemployment Up
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
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.
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
Contact: Nancy Steffens (860) 263-6535