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  Average Weekly Initial Claims - State of Connecticut Last Updated: January 25, 2021

Unemployment claims for first-time filers in Connecticut were an average of 5,408 per week in December 2020, down 1,330 from the November 2020 (-19.7%) level but higher by 1,262 claims (30.4%) from the average weekly level of 4,146 in December 2019.

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Month 2003 Y/Y 2004 Y/Y 2005 Y/Y 2006 Y/Y 2007 Y/Y 2008 Y/Y 2009 Y/Y 2010 Y/Y 2011 Y/Y 2012 Y/Y 2013 Y/Y 2014 Y/Y 2015 Y/Y 2016 Y/Y 2017 Y/Y 2018 Y/Y 2019 Y/Y 2020 Y/Y 2021 Y/Y
 Jan 5,271 4,688 4,722 3,751 4,043 4,083 6,263 5,225 5,305 5,002 4,873 4,524 4,155 3,661 3,845 3,549 3,184 2,854
 Feb 4,967 4,436 3,851 3,872 4,117 4,181 7,143 5,831 5,425 4,637 4,962 4,059 4,168 3,886 3,533 3,944 2,985 2,927
 Mar 5,167 4,298 4,377 4,009 3,874 4,126 7,232 6,183 5,163 5,106 4,686 4,353 4,115 3,677 4,505 4,026 3,121 23,264
 Apr 5,063 4,201 4,045 4,059 4,060 4,332 6,779 5,397 5,253 4,842 4,867 4,388 3,990 3,909 3,487 3,425 4,146 44,075
 May 5,134 4,159 3,929 4,068 3,907 4,450 6,752 5,372 5,373 4,940 4,672 4,207 3,803 4,040 4,046 3,280 3,114 29,758
 Jun 4,908 4,169 3,923 4,178 4,096 4,755 6,577 5,202 4,889 5,134 4,328 4,154 3,952 4,386 3,770 3,120 3,655 9,986
 Jul 5,193 4,050 4,061 4,093 3,950 4,749 6,621 5,413 5,133 4,865 5,282 4,268 3,834 3,763 3,893 3,517 3,046 11,168
 Aug 4,826 4,007 4,267 3,960 3,844 5,543 6,504 6,332 5,056 4,897 4,578 4,102 4,005 4,008 3,660 3,184 3,280 9,378
 Sep 4,853 4,331 4,150 3,947 3,805 5,452 6,128 5,419 6,196 4,875 4,563 4,155 3,714 3,922 3,907 3,097 3,279 7,491
 Oct 4,670 4,029 4,323 3,828 3,990 5,657 5,705 5,363 5,025 4,814 4,713 4,060 3,728 4,002 3,619 3,214 3,238 7,016
 Nov 4,424 4,020 3,986 4,011 4,347 6,210 5,830 5,038 8,574 7,295 4,668 4,428 3,566 3,692 3,606 3,473 3,254 6,738
 Dec 4,627 4,054 4,336 4,552 4,888 6,312 5,592 4,753 4,754 4,767 4,921 4,368 3,623 3,659 3,118 3,896 4,146 5,408
NOTE:  Average weekly initial claims are calculated by dividing the total number of new claims for unemployment insurance received in the month by the number of weeks in the month. A minor change in methodology took effect with data published in the March 1997 issue of the DIGEST. Data have been revised back to January 1980.
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Month 2002 2003 2004 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016 2017 2018 2019 2020 2021
Jan 5,546 5,271 4,688 4,722 3,751 4,043 4,083 6,263 5,225 5,305 5,002 4,873 4,524 4,155 3,661 3,845 3,549 3,184 2,854
Feb 4,678 4,967 4,436 3,851 3,872 4,117 4,181 7,143 5,831 5,425 4,637 4,962 4,059 4,168 3,886 3,533 3,944 2,985 2,927
Mar 5,397 5,167 4,298 4,377 4,009 3,874 4,126 7,232 6,183 5,163 5,106 4,686 4,353 4,115 3,677 4,505 4,026 3,121 23,264
Apr 5,373 5,063 4,201 4,045 4,059 4,060 4,332 6,779 5,397 5,253 4,842 4,867 4,388 3,990 3,909 3,487 3,425 4,146 44,075
May 6,422 5,134 4,159 3,929 4,068 3,907 4,450 6,752 5,372 5,373 4,940 4,672 4,207 3,803 4,040 4,046 3,280 3,114 29,758
Jun 5,755 4,908 4,169 3,923 4,178 4,096 4,755 6,577 5,202 4,889 5,134 4,328 4,154 3,952 4,386 3,770 3,120 3,655 9,986
Jul 5,196 5,193 4,050 4,061 4,093 3,950 4,749 6,621 5,413 5,133 4,865 5,282 4,268 3,834 3,763 3,893 3,517 3,046 11,168
Aug 5,173 4,826 4,007 4,267 3,960 3,844 5,543 6,504 6,332 5,056 4,897 4,578 4,102 4,005 4,008 3,660 3,184 3,280 9,378
Sep 5,322 4,853 4,331 4,150 3,947 3,805 5,452 6,128 5,419 6,196 4,875 4,563 4,155 3,714 3,922 3,907 3,097 3,279 7,491
Oct 5,481 4,670 4,029 4,323 3,828 3,990 5,657 5,705 5,363 5,025 4,814 4,713 4,060 3,728 4,002 3,619 3,214 3,238 7,016
Nov 5,116 4,424 4,020 3,986 4,011 4,347 6,210 5,830 5,038 8,574 7,295 4,668 4,428 3,566 3,692 3,606 3,473 3,254 6,738
Dec 5,168 4,627 4,054 4,336 4,552 4,888 6,312 5,592 4,753 4,754 4,767 4,921 4,368 3,623 3,659 3,118 3,896 4,146 5,408
Month 1983 1984 1985 1986 1987 1988 1989 1990 1991 1992 1993 1994 1995 1996 1997 1998 1999 2000 2001
Jan 7,160 4,061 4,495 4,899 3,650 3,260 3,393 5,155 6,366 6,855 5,661 5,357 4,524 4,627 3,832 3,253 3,958 3,618 4,039
Feb 6,129 4,151 4,360 4,105 3,612 3,237 3,831 4,774 6,448 7,129 5,502 4,842 4,846 4,605 3,869 3,572 3,911 3,316 4,232
Mar 6,230 3,914 4,379 4,225 3,400 3,127 3,705 5,481 6,118 6,483 5,915 5,676 4,918 4,208 4,032 3,446 3,974 3,424 5,038
Apr 5,684 3,997 4,608 4,111 3,123 2,899 4,229 5,464 6,512 6,082 5,781 5,242 4,804 4,304 4,391 3,536 3,709 3,243 4,537
May 5,455 3,905 4,687 4,006 3,275 3,102 3,906 5,672 6,383 6,038 5,443 5,239 4,946 4,362 3,771 3,684 3,733 3,202 5,230
Jun 5,289 3,806 4,608 3,991 3,083 3,183 4,469 5,316 6,486 6,255 5,208 4,751 5,263 4,024 3,859 3,807 3,726 3,683 4,847
Jul 5,062 4,101 4,668 3,615 3,252 3,984 4,584 5,232 6,630 5,975 4,920 4,932 5,004 4,374 3,696 3,869 3,658 3,349 5,349
Aug 4,999 3,631 4,601 3,907 3,081 3,459 4,644 5,233 8,114 6,160 5,059 4,807 4,686 4,138 3,677 4,092 3,748 3,939 5,500
Sep 5,566 3,970 4,371 3,891 2,953 3,122 4,690 6,432 6,717 6,175 5,184 4,769 4,733 4,114 3,531 4,914 3,806 3,240 5,767
Oct 5,029 3,921 4,990 3,636 2,672 3,608 4,673 6,074 6,144 5,678 5,276 4,613 4,848 4,188 3,533 3,561 3,406 3,284 5,906
Nov 4,331 4,618 4,156 3,819 2,924 3,322 4,756 6,068 7,636 5,700 5,872 4,479 4,925 3,860 3,667 3,984 3,471 3,644 5,863
Dec 5,167 5,054 4,033 3,775 3,339 4,066 4,638 5,382 6,913 4,587 4,432 4,944 4,409 4,770 4,585 3,897 3,454 3,138 4,525
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Month 2002 2003 2004 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016 2017 2018 2019 2020 2021
Jan 9,715 8,856 7,590 7,394 6,135 6,571 6,616 10,344 8,854 8,967 8,395 8,070 7,363 6,620 5,702 5,849 5,306 4,697 4,181
Feb 4,997 5,584 4,941 4,296 4,555 4,771 4,820 7,845 6,256 5,804 4,916 5,186 4,173 4,226 3,865 3,438 3,739 2,785 2,708
Mar 4,302 4,295 3,552 3,627 3,340 3,293 3,375 6,305 5,107 4,247 4,168 3,794 3,491 3,290 2,935 3,602 3,222 2,501 18,646
Apr 5,695 5,269 4,430 4,412 4,439 4,453 4,801 7,066 5,666 5,540 5,134 5,182 4,673 4,248 4,170 3,774 3,760 4,628 49,471
May 4,899 3,774 3,107 2,923 3,132 2,927 3,446 5,222 4,107 4,097 3,749 3,536 3,197 2,907 3,098 3,095 2,493 2,339 22,070
Jun 5,880 4,982 4,247 4,018 4,180 4,141 4,799 6,743 5,421 5,119 5,452 4,710 4,640 4,498 5,087 4,453 3,743 4,408 12,045
Jul 5,212 5,034 3,968 4,115 4,094 4,059 4,672 6,600 5,296 5,019 4,749 5,132 4,138 3,728 3,665 3,774 3,389 2,922 10,713
Aug 4,072 3,904 3,220 3,379 3,162 3,106 4,827 5,458 5,182 4,131 4,012 3,770 3,394 3,309 3,303 2,987 2,567 2,608 7,420
Sep 3,701 3,347 2,865 2,751 2,737 2,665 3,924 4,455 3,861 4,403 3,445 3,209 2,919 2,608 2,758 2,735 2,159 2,263 5,143
Oct 4,304 3,565 3,148 3,344 3,039 3,212 4,511 4,609 4,371 4,082 3,885 3,770 3,215 2,916 3,087 2,752 2,406 2,392 5,153
Nov 4,332 3,799 3,583 3,503 3,516 3,842 5,430 4,997 4,296 7,384 6,371 4,123 3,939 3,205 3,345 3,291 3,181 3,002 6,254
Dec 7,444 6,799 5,889 6,536 6,208 6,432 8,121 7,321 6,548 6,605 6,700 7,020 6,334 5,364 5,528 4,841 6,211 6,774 8,935
Month 1983 1984 1985 1986 1987 1988 1989 1990 1991 1992 1993 1994 1995 1996 1997 1998 1999 2000 2001
Jan 10,677 6,222 7,059 7,858 5,978 5,441 5,751 8,819 11,008 11,895 9,840 9,260 7,822 8,003 6,688 5,726 7,041 6,438 7,151
Feb 5,286 3,674 4,006 3,936 3,593 3,317 4,018 5,087 6,891 7,620 5,882 5,169 5,145 4,870 4,083 3,750 4,080 3,472 4,458
Mar 4,716 2,979 3,359 3,268 2,675 2,501 3,020 4,548 5,190 5,592 5,144 4,955 4,279 3,647 3,469 2,969 3,403 2,914 4,272
Apr 4,805 3,354 3,830 3,411 2,617 2,482 3,710 4,941 6,038 5,728 5,453 4,956 4,533 4,043 4,101 3,305 3,505 3,198 4,500
May 4,173 2,986 3,563 3,000 2,423 2,271 2,847 4,128 4,696 4,499 4,115 3,987 3,793 3,347 2,882 2,813 2,858 2,470 4,017
Jun 5,212 3,716 4,468 3,853 2,971 3,063 4,299 5,116 6,236 6,035 5,049 4,667 5,237 4,085 3,994 3,995 3,941 3,788 4,976
Jul 7,414 5,945 6,679 5,084 4,442 5,267 5,833 6,398 7,772 6,808 5,530 5,515 5,581 4,843 4,042 4,143 3,830 3,379 5,388
Aug 4,572 3,279 4,115 3,490 2,736 3,039 4,013 4,446 6,785 5,077 4,136 3,913 3,823 3,399 3,059 3,424 3,128 3,074 4,306
Sep 3,480 2,445 2,666 2,362 1,803 1,928 2,952 4,136 4,429 4,130 3,506 3,236 3,226 2,814 2,430 3,407 2,653 2,246 4,007
Oct 3,642 2,810 3,547 2,599 1,940 2,681 3,546 4,681 4,783 4,442 4,149 3,636 3,818 3,272 2,728 2,724 2,608 2,577 4,626
Nov 3,780 3,946 3,460 3,094 2,343 2,667 3,890 5,088 6,522 4,933 5,073 3,859 4,207 3,290 3,110 3,379 2,936 3,077 4,958
Dec 8,564 8,398 6,693 6,176 5,325 6,277 6,915 7,742 9,729 6,373 6,137 6,820 6,078 6,529 6,240 5,283 4,698 4,476 6,477
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