There were 970 new regular benefit claims for Unemployment Insurance last week, an increase of 81 from the week before. Altogether 10,364 new and continuing claims were filed, a decrease of 1,156 from a week ago and 2,137 fewer than a year earlier. The Department also processed 1,999 First Tier claims for benefits under Emergency Unemployment Compensation, 2008 (EUC08), 9 more than a week ago. In addition, there were 846 Second Tier claims for benefits processed under the EUC08 program, which is an increase of 12 from the week before. The Unemployment Weekly Report can be found at: http://www.vtlmi.info/(link is external). Previously released Unemployment Weekly Reports and other UI reports can be found at: http://www.vtlmi.info/lmipub.htm#uc(link is external) Vermont’s unemployment rate continued to fall. The March 2011 rate was 5.4 percent. See story HERE.