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Bi-Weekly Unemployment Up 0.8 Percent

For immediate release
August 1, 2008


WETHERSFIELD, Unemployment claims for the two-week period ending July 26 averaged 52,946, up 445 or 0.8 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 43,738 unemployment claims are up by 9,208. This is a 21.1 percent increase. 

Regular state initial (first-time) filings decreased to 4,209 from the prior two-week level of 5,253. Continued claims increased to 48,737 from 47,248. Included in these figures were 1,926 temporary filings. Regular benefits expired for 958 claimants. 

The insured unemployment rate, defined as continued claims filed during the most recent 13-week period, was 2.5 percent. This is the same as two weeks ago and up from 2.2 percent one year ago. 

Claims activity was up in nine of the fourteen Connecticut Department of Labor offices throughout the state.

Contact: Nancy Steffens  (860) 263-6535


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