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Bi-Weekly Unemployment Up 2.9 Percent

For immediate release
January 30, 2009

WETHERSFIELD -- Unemployment claims for the two-week period ending January 24 averaged 93,654, up 2,631 or 2.9 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 54,672 unemployment claims are up by 38,982. This is a 71.3 percent increase. 

Regular state initial (first-time) filings decreased to 10,441 from the prior two-week level of 10,896. Continued claims increased to 83,213 from 80,127. Included in these figures were 12,143 temporary filings. Regular benefits expired for 1,191 claimants. 

Under the federal Emergency Unemployment Compensation Act of 2008, initial filings decreased to 1,290 from the prior two-week level of 1,236. Continued claims decreased to 27,127 from 28,522. 

The insured unemployment rate, defined as continued claims filed during the most recent 13-week period under state regular program, was 3.8 percent. That is up from 3.4 percent two week ago and 2.4 percent one year ago.

Contact: Nancy Steffens (860) 263-6535

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

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