Bi-Weekly Unemployment Up
For immediate release
August 15, 2008
WETHERSFIELD, Unemployment claims for the two-week
period ending August 9 averaged 53,633, up 687 or 1.3 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 43,517 – unemployment claims are up by
10,116. This is a 23.2 percent increase.
Regular state initial (first-time) filings increased to 4,268 from the prior
two-week level of 4,209. Continued claims increased to 49,362 from 48,737.
Included in these figures were 1,942 temporary filings. Regular benefits expired
for 964 claimants.
unemployment rate, defined as continued claims filed during the most recent
13-week period, was 2.6 percent. That is up from 2.5 percent two weeks ago and
up from 2.2 percent one year ago.
Claims activity was
down in two of the fourteen Connecticut Department of Labor offices throughout
Steffens (860) 263-6535