Bi-Weekly Unemployment Up 0.8
For immediate release
August 1, 2008
WETHERSFIELD, Unemployment claims for the two-week period ending July 26
averaged 52,946, up 445 or 0.8 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 43,738 – unemployment
claims are up by 9,208. This is a 21.1 percent increase.
Regular state initial (first-time) filings decreased to 4,209 from the prior
two-week level of 5,253. Continued claims increased to 48,737 from 47,248.
Included in these figures were 1,926 temporary filings. Regular benefits expired
for 958 claimants.
The insured unemployment rate, defined as continued claims filed during the most
recent 13-week period, was 2.5 percent. This is the same as two weeks ago and up
from 2.2 percent one year ago.
Claims activity was up in nine of the fourteen Connecticut Department of Labor
offices throughout the state.
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