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Bi-Weekly Unemployment Down 5.1 Percent

For immediate release
April 25, 2008

WETHERSFIELD,  Unemployment claims for the two-week period ending April 19 averaged 48,246, down 2,598 or 5.1 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 45,126 unemployment claims are up by 3,120. This is a 6.9 percent increase. 

Regular state initial (first-time) filings increased to 5,192 from the prior two-week level of 3,461. Continued claims decreased to 43,054 from 47,383. Included in these figures were 2,536 temporary filings. Regular benefits expired for 905 claimants. 

The insured unemployment rate, defined as continued claims filed during the most recent 13-week period, was 2.9 percent. This is down from 3.0 percent two weeks ago and up from 2.8 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

200 Folly Brook Boulevard, Wethersfield, CT 06109 / Phone: 860-263-6000

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