Unemployment Down 5.1 Percent
For immediate release
April 25, 2008
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
Claims activity was down in all
of the fourteen Connecticut Department of Labor offices throughout the state.
Contact: Nancy Steffens (860) 263-6535