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EMPLOYMENT AND TRAINING ADMINISTRATION

USDL 09-66-NAT

 

 

 

 

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January 22, 2009

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UNEMPLOYMENT INSURANCE WEEKLY CLAIMS REPORT

          SEASONALLY ADJUSTED DATA

In the week ending Jan. 17, the advance figure for seasonally adjusted initial claims was 589,000, an increase of 62,000 from the previous week's revised figure of 527,000. The 4-week moving average was 519,250, unchanged from the previous week's revised average of 519,250.

The advance seasonally adjusted insured unemployment rate was 3.4 percent for the week ending Jan. 10, unchanged from the prior week's unrevised rate of 3.4 percent.

The advance number for seasonally adjusted insured unemployment during the week ending Jan. 10 was 4,607,000, an increase of 97,000 from the preceding week's revised level of 4,510,000. The 4-week moving average was 4,559,750, an increase of 58,750 from the preceding week's revised average of 4,501,000.  

UNADJUSTED DATA

The advance number of actual initial claims under state programs, unadjusted, totaled 768,858 in the week ending Jan. 17, a decrease of 187,905 from the previous week. There were 415,149 initial claims in the comparable week in 2008.

The advance unadjusted insured unemployment rate was 4.2 percent during the week ending Jan. 10, a decrease of 0.2 percentage point from the prior week. The advance unadjusted number for persons claiming UI benefits in state programs totaled 5,638,630, a decrease of 211,240 from the preceding week. A year earlier, the rate was 2.5 percent and the volume was 3,272,000.

Extended benefits were available in North Carolina, Oregon, and Rhode Island during the week ending Jan. 3.

Initial claims for UI benefits by former Federal civilian employees totaled 2,605 in the week ending Jan. 10, an increase of 1,171 from the prior week. There were 2,316 initial claims by newly discharged veterans, an increase of 773 from the preceding week.

There were 21,070 former Federal civilian employees claiming UI benefits for the week ending Jan. 3, an increase of 1,378 from the previous week. Newly discharged veterans claiming benefits totaled 26,958, an increase of 1,068 from the prior week.

States reported 2,091,706 persons claiming EUC (Emergency Unemployment Compensation) benefits for the week ending Jan. 3, an increase of 425,928 from the prior week.

The highest insured unemployment rates in the week ending Jan. 3 were in Michigan (7.5 percent), Oregon (7.5), Idaho (6.7), Wisconsin (6.7), Pennsylvania (6.6), Indiana (5.7), Kentucky (5.7), North Carolina (5.7), South Carolina (5.6), and Rhode Island (5.5).

The largest increases in initial claims for the week ending Jan. 10 were in Michigan (+34,639), California (+22,573), Florida (+20,658), North Carolina (+15,637), and Pennsylvania (+13,848), while the largest decreases were in South Carolina (-2,682), Massachusetts (-1,882), New York (-1,852), Iowa (-1,593), and Oregon (-856).


UNEMPLOYMENT INSURANCE DATA FOR REGULAR STATE PROGRAMS


 

Advance

 

 

 

Prior1

WEEK ENDING

Jan. 17

Jan. 10

Change

Jan. 3

Year


Initial Claims (SA)

589,000

527,000

+62,000

470,000

324,000

Initial Claims (NSA)

768,858

956,763

-187,905

731,958

415,149

4-Wk Moving Average (SA)

519,250

519,250

0

526,500

327,000

 

Advance

 

 

 

Prior1

WEEK ENDING

Jan. 10

Jan. 3

Change

Dec. 27

Year


Ins. Unemployment (SA)

4,607,000

4,510,000

+97,000

4,612,000

2,682,000

Ins. Unemployment (NSA)

5,638,630

5,849,870

-211,240

5,317,388

3,272,000

4-Wk Moving Average (SA)

4,559,750

4,501,000

+58,750

4,470,250

2,710,500


Ins. Unemployment Rate (SA)2

3.4%

3.4%

0.0

3.4%

2.0%

Ins. Unemployment Rate (NSA)2

4.2%

4.4%

-0.2

4.0%

2.5%


INITIAL CLAIMS FILED IN FEDERAL PROGRAMS (UNADJUSTED)


 

 

 

 

Prior1

WEEK ENDING

Jan. 10

Jan. 3

Change

Year


Federal Employees

2,605

1,434

+1,171

2,264

Newly Discharged Veterans

2,316

1,543

+773

1,785


PERSONS CLAIMING UI BENEFITS IN FEDERAL PROGRAMS (UNADJUSTED)


 

 

 

 

Prior1

WEEK ENDING

Jan. 3

Dec. 27

Change

Year


Federal Employees

21,070

19,692

+1,378

20,568

Newly Discharged Veterans

26,958

25,890

+1,068

24,995

Railroad Retirement Board

5,000

5,000

0

4,000

Extended Benefits

3,103

1,640

+1,463

0

EUC 2008

2,091,706

1,665,778

+425,928

0


FOOTNOTES
SA - Seasonally Adjusted Data
NSA - Not Seasonally Adjusted Data
1 - Prior year is comparable to most recent data.
2 - Most recent week used covered employment of 133,886,830 as denominator.

UNADJUSTED INITIAL CLAIMS FOR WEEK ENDED 01/10/2009 


STATES WITH A DECREASE OF MORE THAN 1,000 


State

Change

 

State Supplied Comment

SC

-2,682

 

Fewer layoffs in the industrial machinery, transportation equipment, and manufacturing industries.

MA

-1,882

 

No comment.

NY

-1,852

 

Fewer layoffs in the construction, service, and public administration industries.

IA

-1,593

 

Fewer layoffs in the manufacturing industry.


STATES WITH AN INCREASE OF MORE THAN 1,000 


State

Change

 

State Supplied Comment

ND

+1,021

 

No comment.

WI

+1,033

 

Layoffs in the trade and service industries.

MT

+1,384

 

No comment.

WA

+1,509

 

Layoffs in the trade and service industries.

NM

+1,539

 

No comment.

MN

+1,794

 

No comment.

UT

+1,940

 

No comment.

ME

+2,017

 

Layoffs in the construction, trade, service, and manufacturing industries.

PR

+2,052

 

No comment.

WV

+2,186

 

No comment.

OK

+2,324

 

No comment.

AK

+2,648

 

No comment.

CO

+2,820

 

No comment.

KS

+3,133

 

Layoffs in the construction and manufacturing industries.

MS

+3,378

 

Layoffs in the manufacturing industry.

NV

+3,455

 

No comment.

AL

+3,540

 

Layoffs in the textile, furniture, service, and primary metals industries.

MD

+3,689

 

No comment.

LA

+3,937

 

No comment.

CT

+4,241

 

No comment.

MO

+4,327

 

No comment.

AZ

+4,522

 

No comment

IN

+6,081

 

Layoffs in the automobile and trade industries.

GA

+6,091

 

Layoffs in the textile and carpets/rugs industries.

State

Change

 

State Supplied Comment

VA

+6,514

 

Layoffs in the insurance and manufacturing industries.

TX

+9,153

 

Layoffs in the trade, service, transportation, and manufacturing industries.

TN

+12,263

 

Layoffs in the trade, service, and manufacturing industries.

OH

+12,601

 

Layoffs in the manufacturing industry.

IL

+13,204

 

Layoffs in the construction, trade, and manufacturing industries.

PA

+13,848

 

Layoffs in the construction, trade, and service industries.

NC

+15,637

 

Layoffs in the textile, furniture, primary metals, fabricated metals, industrial machinery, electronic equipment , and electrical equipment industries.

FL

+20,658

 

Layoffs in the construction, trade, service, and manufacturing industries, and agriculture.

CA

+22,573

 

Layoffs in agriculture. All major industry categories posted increases.

MI

+34,639

 

Layoffs mainly in the automobile and manufacturing industries. Almost all industries posted increases.

State Detail Prior Week
UI Claims Series 1967 to current

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