Bi-Weekly Unemployment Up
For immediate release
July 4, 2008
WETHERSFIELD, Unemployment claims for the two-week
period ending June 28 averaged 47,473, up 3,535 or 8.0 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 40,600 – unemployment claims are up by 6,873.
This is a 16.9 percent increase.
Regular state initial (first-time) filings increased to 5,834 from the prior
two-week level of 3,634. Continued claims increased to 41,639 from 40,304.
Included in these figures were 1,117 temporary filings. Regular benefits expired
for 825 claimants.
The insured unemployment rate, defined as continued claims filed during the most
recent 13-week period, was 2.5 percent. This is down from 2.6 percent two weeks
ago and up from 2.2 percent one year ago.
Claims activity was up in all but one of the fourteen Connecticut Department of
Labor offices throughout the state.
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