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Bi-Weekly Unemployment Up 2.5 Percent

For immediate release
June 20, 2008

WETHERSFIELD, Unemployment claims for the two-week period ending June 14 averaged 43,938, up 1,092 or 2.5 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 37,139 unemployment claims are up by 6,799. This is an 18.3 percent increase.

Regular state initial (first-time) filings increased to 3,634 from the prior two-week level of 3,283. Continued claims increased to 40,304 from 39,563. Included in these figures were 889 temporary filings. Regular benefits expired for 763 claimants.

The insured unemployment rate, defined as continued claims filed during the most recent 13-week period, was 2.6 percent. This is the same as two weeks ago and up from 2.3 percent one year ago.

Claims activity was up in all but two 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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