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Bi-Weekly Unemployment Down 1.1 Percent
For immediate release
April 10, 2009

WETHERSFIELD, Unemployment claims for the two-week period ending April 4 averaged 96,382, down 1,089 or 1.1 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 50,844 unemployment claims are up by 45,538. This is an 89.6 percent increase.

Regular state initial (first-time) filings decreased from the prior two-week level of 6,555 to 6,012. Continued claims decreased from 90,916 to 90,370. Included in these figures were 3,654 temporary filings. Regular benefits expired for 1,199 claimants.

Under the federal Emergency Unemployment Compensation Act of 2008 (EUC08), initial filings decreased from the prior two-week level of 1,235 to 1,117. Continued EUC08 claims increased from 32,773 to 34,535.

The insured unemployment rate, defined as continued claims filed during the most recent 13-week period under state regular state unemployment insurance program, was 5.2 percent - up from 5.0 percent two weeks ago and up from 3.0 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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