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Bi-Weekly Unemployment Up 10.6 Percent

For immediate release
July 18, 2008

WETHERSFIELD, July 18 - Unemployment claims for the two-week period ending July 12 averaged 52,501, up 5,028 or 10.6 percent from the previous period, State Labor Commissioner Patricia H. Mayfield reported today.

“This increase, State Labor Commissioner Patricia H. Mayfield explained, “is consistent with past seasonal trends in unemployment insurance claims. In early summer, most workers from education-related industries are idled due to school vacations. This increases the number of people eligible to receive unemployment benefits.”


Compared with the same period a year ago – when the number of claims statewide totaled 46,021 – unemployment claims are up by 6,480. This is a 14.1 percent increase.


Regular state initial (first-time) filings decreased to 5,253 from the prior two-week level of 5,834. Continued claims increased to 47,248 from 41,639. Included in these figures were 2,088 temporary filings. Regular benefits expired for 1,149 claimants.

The insured unemployment rate, defined as continued claims filed during the most recent 13-week period, was 2.5 percent. This is the same as two weeks ago and up from 2.2 percent one year ago.

Claims activity was up in all 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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