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Bi-Weekly Unemployment Up 2.8 Percent

For immediate release
August 29, 2008

WETHERSFIELD - Unemployment claims for the two-week period ending August 23 averaged 55,134, up 1,501 or 2.8 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 43,575 unemployment claims are up by 11,559. This is a 26.5 percent increase. 

Regular state initial (first-time) filings increased to 4,401 from the prior two-week level of 4,268. Continued claims increased to 50,733 from 49,362. Included in these figures were 2,041 temporary filings. Regular benefits expired for 848 claimants. 

The insured unemployment rate, defined as continued claims filed during the most recent 13-week period, was 2.7 percent. That is up from 2.6 percent two weeks ago and up from 2.3 percent one year ago. 

Claims activity was up in all but three of the fourteen Connecticut Department of Labor offices throughout the state. 

Contact: Nancy Steffens  (860) 263-6535


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