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Bi-Weekly Unemployment Down 11.5 Percent

For immediate release
September 26, 2008

WETHERSFIELD, Unemployment claims for the two-week period ending September 20 averaged 48,204, down 6,286 or 11.5 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 35,439 unemployment claims are up by 12,765. This is a 36.0 percent increase.

Regular state initial (first-time) filings decreased to 3,921 from the prior two-week level of 5,262. Continued claims decreased to 44,283 from 49,228. Included in these figures were 805 temporary filings. Regular benefits expired for 826 claimants.

Under the federal Emergency Unemployment Compensation Act of 2008, initial claims averaged 1,370 while continued claims for the same week were 24,562.

The insured unemployment rate, defined as continued claims filed during the most recent 13-week period under state regular program, was 2.9 percent. That is up from 2.8 percent two weeks ago and up from 2.3 percent one year ago.

Claims activity was down in all of the fourteen Connecticut Department of Labor offices throughout the state.

Contact: Nancy Steffens  (860) 263-6535

200 Folly Brook Boulevard, Wethersfield, CT 06109 / Phone: 860-263-6000

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