Bi-Weekly Unemployment Down 3.0 Percent
For immediate release
April 11, 2008
Unemployment claims for the two-week period ending April 5 averaged 50,844, down
1,585 or 3.0 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 46,951 –
unemployment claims are up by 3,893. This is an 8.3 percent increase.
Regular state initial (first-time) filings increased to 3,461 from the prior
two-week level of 3,087. Continued claims decreased to 47,383 from 49,342.
Included in these figures were 1,325 temporary filings. Regular benefits expired
for 648 claimants.
The insured unemployment rate, defined as continued claims filed during the most
recent 13-week period, was 3.0 percent. This is the same as two weeks ago and up
from 2.9 percent 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