Bi-Weekly Unemployment Down
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
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