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Bi-Weekly Unemployment Down 2.0 Percent

For immediate release
February 13, 2009

WETHERSFIELD, Unemployment claims for the two-week period ending February 7 averaged 91,755, down 1,899 or 2.0 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 54,077 unemployment claims are up by 37,678. This is a 69.7 percent increase.

Regular state initial (first-time) filings decreased to 7,933 from the prior two-week level of 10,441. Continued claims increased to 83,822 from 83,213. Included in these figures were 6,193 temporary filings. Regular benefits expired for 1,181 claimants.

Under the federal Emergency Unemployment Compensation Act of 2008, initial filings decreased to 1,068 from the prior two-week level of 1,290. Continued claims increased to 28,780 from 28,095.

The insured unemployment rate, defined as continued claims filed during the most recent 13-week period under state regular program, was 4.1 percent. That is up from 3.8 percent two weeks ago and 2.6 percent one year ago.

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