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Bi-Weekly Unemployment Down 0.3 Percent

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.

The insured 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 the state.

Contact: Nancy Steffens  (860) 263-6535

200 Folly Brook Boulevard, Wethersfield, CT 06109 / Phone: 860-263-6000

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