Bi-Weekly Unemployment Down
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
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