Bi-Weekly Unemployment Down 10 Percent
For immediate release
March 30, 2007
Unemployment claims for the two-week
period ending March 24 averaged 50,611, down 5,646 or 10 percent from the
previous period, State Labor Commissioner Patricia H. Mayfield reported today.
Compared with the same period a year ago, unemployment claims were up by 1,775 –
an increase of 3.6 percent.
Regular state initial (first-time) filings decreased to 3,118 from the prior
two-week level of 4,343. Continued claims decreased to 47,493 from 51,914.
Included in these figures were 1,792 temporary filings. Regular benefits
expired for 624 claimants.
The insured unemployment rate, defined
as continued claims filed during the most recent 13-week period, was 3.0
percent. That is up from 2.9 percent two weeks ago and the same as one year ago
– when the number of claims statewide totaled 48,836.
Claims activity was down in all of the 14 Connecticut Department of Labor
offices throughout the state.
Contact: Nancy Steffens (860) 263-6535