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Bi-Weekly Unemployment Up 1.3 Percent

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.
 

The insured 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 the state.

 

Contact: Nancy Steffens  (860) 263-6535


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