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Bi-Weekly Unemployment Up 4.4 Percent

For immediate release
January 2, 2009

WETHERSFIELD - Unemployment claims for the two-week period ending December 27 averaged 70,647, up 2,978 or 4.4 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 48,367 unemployment claims are up by 22,280. This is a 46.1 percent increase.

Regular state initial (first-time) filings decreased to 7,450 from the prior two-week level of 8,148. Continued claims increased to 63,197 from 59,521. Included in these figures were 3,141 temporary filings. Regular benefits expired for 1,042 claimants.

Under the federal Emergency Unemployment Compensation Act of 2008, initial filings decreased to 891 from the prior two-week level of 1,083. Continued claims increased to 36,327 from 10,986.

The insured unemployment rate, defined as continued claims filed during the most recent 13-week period under state regular program, was 3.1 percent. That is up from 2.9 percent two week ago and 2.1 percent one year ago.

Claims activity was up in all but two of the fourteen Connecticut Department of Labor offices throughout the state.

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