BI-Weekly Unemployment Up
For immediate release
July 5, 2007
WETHERSFIELD, Unemployment claims for
the two-week period ending June 30 averaged 40,600, up 3,461 or 9.3 percent from
the previous period, State Labor Commissioner Patricia H. Mayfield reported
Compared with the same period a year
ago, unemployment claims were down by 648 – a decrease of 1.6 percent.
Regular state initial (first-time)
filings increased to 5,329 from the prior two-week level of 2,980. Continued
claims increased to 35,271 from 34,159. Included in these figures were 976
temporary filings. Regular benefits expired for 638 claimants.
The insured unemployment rate, defined as continued claims
filed during the most recent 13-week period, was 2.2 percent. That is down from
2.3 percent two weeks ago and the same as one year ago – when the number of
claims statewide totaled 41,248.
Claims activity was up in
all of the fourteen Connecticut Department of Labor offices throughout the
Contact: Nancy Steffens (860) 263-6535