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Bi-Weekly Unemployment Up 8.0 Percent

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.

Contact: Nancy Steffens  (860) 263-6535

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

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