Bi-Weekly Unemployment Down
For immediate release
October 10, 2008
WETHERSFIELD, Unemployment claims for the two-week period ending October 4
averaged 47,649, down 555 or 1.2 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 34,746 – unemployment claims are up by
12,903. This is a 37.1 percent increase.
Regular state initial (first-time) filings decreased to 3,815 from the prior
two-week level of 3,921. Continued claims decreased to 43,834 from 44,283.
Included in these figures were 800 temporary filings. Regular benefits expired
for 807 claimants.
Under the federal Emergency Unemployment Compensation Act of 2008, initial
filings decreased to 927 from the prior two-week level of 1,370. Continued
claims decreased to 22,355 from 24,562.
The insured unemployment rate, defined as continued claims filed during the most
recent 13-week period under state regular program, was 2.9 percent. That is the
same as two weeks ago and up from 2.3 percent one year ago.
Claims activity was down in all but five of the fourteen Connecticut Department
of Labor offices throughout the state.
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