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Bi-Weekly Unemployment Up 28.8 Percent

For immediate release
January 16, 2009

WETHERSFIELD, 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.

Contact: Nancy Steffens  (860) 263-6535

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

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