Bi-Weekly Unemployment Up
For immediate release
February 27, 2009
WETHERSFIELD, Unemployment claims for the
two-week period ending February 21 averaged 92,956, up 1,201 or 1.3 percent from
the previous period, State Labor Commissioner Patricia H. Mayfield reported
Compared with the same period a
year ago – when the number of claims statewide totaled 54,410 – unemployment
claims are up by 38,546. This is a 70.8 percent increase.
Regular state initial (first-time) filings decreased to 7,711 from the prior
two-week level of 7,933. Continued claims increased to 85,245 from 83,822.
Included in these figures were 4,483 temporary filings. Regular benefits expired
for 1,109 claimants.
Under the federal Emergency Unemployment Compensation Act of 2008, initial
filings increased to 1,160 from the prior two-week level of 1,068. Continued
claims increased to 29,862 from 28,780.
The insured unemployment rate, defined as continued claims filed during the most
recent 13-week period under state regular program, was 4.4 percent. That is up
from 4.1 percent two weeks ago and 2.8 percent one year ago.
Contact: Nancy Steffens (860) 263-6535