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Bi-Weekly Unemployment Down 0.8 Percent

For immediate release
May 9, 2008

WETHERSFIELD, Unemployment claims for the two-week period ending May 3 averaged 47,869, down 377 or 0.8 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 43,982 unemployment claims are up by 3,887. This is an 8.8 percent increase.

Regular state initial (first-time) filings decreased to 4,517 from the prior two-week level of 5,192. Continued claims increased to 43,352 from 43,054. Included in these figures were 4,603 temporary filings. Regular benefits expired for 701 claimants.

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

Claims activity was down in ten 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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