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Bi-Weekly Unemployment Up 5.1 Percent

For immediate release
March 13, 2009

WETHERSFIELD, Unemployment claims for the two-week period ending March 7 averaged 97,740, up 4,784 or 5.1 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 58,557 unemployment claims are up by 39,183. This is a 66.9 percent increase.

Regular state initial (first-time) filings decreased to 7,305 from the prior two-week level of 7,711. Continued claims increased to 90,435 from 85,245. Included in these figures were 6,632 temporary filings. Regular benefits expired for 1,154 claimants.


Under the federal Emergency Unemployment Compensation Act of 2008, initial filings decreased to 1,006 from the prior two-week level of 1,160. Continued claims increased to 31,070 from 29,862.


The insured unemployment rate, defined as continued claims filed during the most recent 13-week period under state regular program, was 4.7 percent. That is up from 4.4 percent two weeks ago and 2.9 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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