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
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.
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