Bi-Weekly Unemployment Down
For immediate release
June 6, 2008
WETHERSFIELD, Unemployment claims for the
two-week period ending May 31 averaged 42,846, down 122 or 0.3 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 36,909 – unemployment claims are up by 5,937.
This is a 16.1 percent increase.
Regular state initial
(first-time) filings decreased to 3,283 from the prior two-week level of 3,516.
Continued claims increased to 39,563 from 39,452. Included in these figures were
716 temporary filings. Regular benefits expired for 702 claimants.
unemployment rate, defined as continued claims filed during the most recent
13-week period, was 2.6 percent. This is down from 2.8 percent two weeks ago and
up from 2.5 percent one year ago.
Claims activity was
down in nine of the fourteen Connecticut Department of Labor offices throughout
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