Bi-Weekly Unemployment Up
For immediate release
January 16, 2009
Unemployment claims for the two-week period ending January 10 averaged 91,023,
up 20,376 or 28.8 percent from the previous period, State Labor Commissioner
Patricia H. Mayfield reported today.
“In January,” Mayfield
explained, “workers from a variety of industries are idled due to temporary
layoffs. The effects of the current economic downturn have also substantially
increased the number people eligible to receive unemployment benefits.”
Compared with the same
period a year ago – when the number of claims statewide totaled 63,829 –
unemployment claims are up by 27,194 or a 42.6 percent increase.
Regular state initial (first-time) filings increased to 10,896 from the prior
two-week level of 7,450. Continued claims increased to 80,127 from 63,197.
Included in these figures were 14,115 temporary filings. Regular benefits
expired for 1,501 claimants.
Under the federal Emergency Unemployment Compensation Act of 2008, initial
filings increased to 1,236 from the prior two-week level of 891. Continued
claims decreased to 28,522 from 36,327.
The insured unemployment rate, defined as continued claims filed during the most
recent 13-week period, was 3.4 percent. This is up from 3.1 percent two weeks
ago and 2.3 percent one year ago.
Claims activity was up in all of the fourteen Connecticut Department of Labor
offices throughout the state.
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