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Bi-Weekly Unemployment Up 1.3 Percent

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 today.

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.

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