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Bi-Weekly Unemployment Down 10.2 Percent

For immediate release
May 23, 2008

WETHERSFIELD, Unemployment claims for the two-week period ending May 17 averaged 42,968, down 4,901 or 10.2 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 37,441 unemployment claims are up by 5,527. This is a 14.8 percent increase. 

Regular state initial (first-time) filings decreased to 3,516 from the prior two-week level of 4,517. Continued claims decreased to 39,452 from 43,352. Included in these figures were 876 temporary filings. Regular benefits expired for 764 claimants. 

The insured unemployment rate, defined as continued claims filed during the most recent 13-week period, was 2.8 percent. This is down from 2.9 percent two weeks ago and up from 2.6 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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