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
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.
Contact: Nancy Steffens (860) 263-6535