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EMPLOYMENT AND TRAINING ADMINISTRATION

USDL 09-1538-NAT

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December 17, 2009

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UNEMPLOYMENT INSURANCE WEEKLY CLAIMS REPORT

SEASONALLY ADJUSTED DATA

In the week ending Dec. 12, the advance figure for seasonally adjusted initial claims was 480,000, an increase of 7,000 from the previous week's revised figure of 473,000. The 4-week moving average was 467,500, a decrease of 5,250 from the previous week's revised average of 472,750.

The advance seasonally adjusted insured unemployment rate was 3.9 percent for the week ending Dec. 5, unchanged from the prior week's unrevised rate of 3.9 percent.

The advance number for seasonally adjusted insured unemployment during the week ending Dec. 5 was 5,186,000, an increase of 5,000 from the preceding week's revised level of 5,181,000. The 4-week moving average was 5,318,250, a decrease of 106,750 from the preceding week's revised average of 5,425,000.

The fiscal year-to-date average for seasonally adjusted insured unemployment for all programs is 5.722 million.  

UNADJUSTED DATA

The advance number of actual initial claims under state programs, unadjusted, totaled 555,344 in the week ending Dec. 12, a decrease of 107,393 from the previous week. There were 629,867 initial claims in the comparable week in 2008.

The advance unadjusted insured unemployment rate was 3.9 percent during the week ending Dec. 5, a decrease of 0.2 percentage point from the prior week. The advance unadjusted number for persons claiming UI benefits in state programs totaled 5,176,122, a decrease of 222,989 from the preceding week. A year earlier, the rate was 3.3 percent and the volume was 4,378,273.

Extended benefits were available in Alabama, Alaska, Arizona, California, Colorado, Connecticut, Delaware, the District of Columbia, Florida, Georgia, Idaho, Illinois, Indiana, Kansas, Kentucky, Maine, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Nevada, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New Mexico, New York, North Carolina, Ohio, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Puerto Rico, Rhode Island, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, Vermont, Virginia, Washington, West Virginia, and Wisconsin during the week ending Nov. 28.

Initial claims for UI benefits by former Federal civilian employees totaled 2,081 in the week ending Dec. 5, an increase of 340 from the prior week. There were 2,390 initial claims by newly discharged veterans, an increase of 1,007 from the preceding week.

There were 25,903 former Federal civilian employees claiming UI benefits for the week ending Nov. 28, an increase of 1,764 from the previous week. Newly discharged veterans claiming benefits totaled 36,441, an increase of 2,689 from the prior week.

States reported 4,226,300 persons claiming EUC (Emergency Unemployment Compensation) benefits for the week ending Nov. 28, an increase of 45,922 from the prior week. There were 994,188 claimants in the comparable week in 2008. EUC weekly claims include first, second, and third tier activity.

The highest insured unemployment rates in the week ending Nov. 28 were in Wisconsin (6.4 percent), Oregon (6.3), Alaska (6.2), Nevada (5.5), Puerto Rico (5.4), Michigan (5.3), Pennsylvania (5.3), Arkansas (5.2), Idaho (5.2), North Carolina (5.2), and Washington (5.2).

The largest increases in initial claims for the week ending Dec. 5 were in California (+28,358), Georgia (+19,454), North Carolina (+18,500), Pennsylvania (+17,372), and New York (+16,344), while the largest decreases were in Kansas (-3,803), Kentucky (-2,048), Idaho (-979), Iowa (-917), and Puerto Rico (-892).


UNEMPLOYMENT INSURANCE DATA FOR REGULAR STATE PROGRAMS


 

Advance

 

 

 

Prior1

WEEK ENDING

Dec. 12

Dec. 5

Change

Nov. 28

Year


Initial Claims (SA)

480,000

473,000

+7,000

454,000

552,000

Initial Claims (NSA)

555,344

662,737

-107,393

457,707

629,867

4-Wk Moving Average (SA)

467,500

472,750

-5,250

480,750

535,250

 

Advance

 

 

 

Prior1

WEEK ENDING

Dec. 5

Nov. 28

Change

Nov. 21

Year


Ins. Unemployment (SA)

5,186,000

5,181,000

+5,000

5,470,000

4,356,000

Ins. Unemployment (NSA)

5,176,122

5,399,111

-222,989

4,791,751

4,378,273

4-Wk Moving Average (SA)

5,318,250

5,425,000

-106,750

5,542,500

4,208,250


Ins. Unemployment Rate (SA)2

3.9%

3.9%

0.0

4.1%

3.3%

Ins. Unemployment Rate (NSA)2

3.9%

4.1%

-0.2

3.6%

3.3%


INITIAL CLAIMS FILED IN FEDERAL PROGRAMS (UNADJUSTED)


 

 

 

 

Prior1

WEEK ENDING

Dec. 5

Nov. 28

Change

Year


Federal Employees

2,081

1,741

+340

2,054

Newly Discharged Veterans

2,390

1,383

+1,007

2,107


PERSONS CLAIMING UI BENEFITS IN FEDERAL PROGRAMS (UNADJUSTED)


 

 

 

 

Prior1

WEEK ENDING

Nov. 28

Nov. 21

Change

Year


Federal Employees

25,903

24,139

+1,764

18,180

Newly Discharged Veterans

36,441

33,752

+2,689

26,301

Railroad Retirement Board

10,000

10,000

0

4,000

Extended Benefits

503,100

405,263

+97,837

23,300

EUC 20083

4,226,300

4,180,378

+45,922

994,188


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 131,823,421 as denominator.
3 - EUC weekly claims include first, second, and third tier activity.

UNADJUSTED INITIAL CLAIMS FOR WEEK ENDED 12/05/2009 


STATES WITH A DECREASE OF MORE THAN 1,000 


State

Change

 

State Supplied Comment

KS

-3,803

 

No comment.

KY

-2,048

 

Fewer layoffs in the manufacturing industry.


STATES WITH AN INCREASE OF MORE THAN 1,000 


State

Change

 

State Supplied Comment

UT

+1,142

 

No comment.

MA

+1,212

 

Layoffs in the construction and trade industries.

MS

+1,520

 

No comment.

CO

+1,892

 

No comment.

WV

+2,175

 

No comment.

OH

+2,192

 

Layoffs in the manufacturing industry.

AZ

+2,319

 

No comment.

NV

+2,561

 

Return to a five day workweek.

WI

+2,707

 

Layoffs in the construction, trade, service, transportation, and warehousing industries.

CT

+2,973

 

No comment.

NJ

+3,109

 

Return to a five day workweek, as well as layoffs in the construction, trade, service, transportation, warehousing, and manufacturing industries.

MN

+3,681

 

No comment.

MO

+3,728

 

Layoffs in the construction and service industries.

OR

+3,858

 

No comment.

MD

+4,058

 

No comment.

WA

+4,812

 

Layoffs in the finance, insurance, and trade industries.

AL

+5,695

 

Layoffs in the construction, service, and apparel industries.

VA

+6,174

 

Return to a five day workweek, as well as layoffs in the manufacturing industry.

MI

+6,285

 

Layoffs in the automobile industry.

SC

+6,505

 

Layoffs in the textile industry.

TN

+7,569

 

Layoffs in the transportation equipment, rubber/plastics, textile, trade, and service industries.

FL

+8,680

 

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

IL

+8,754

 

Layoffs in the construction, service, and manufacturing industries.

TX

+12,222

 

Layoffs in the information, service, and manufacturing industries.

NY

+16,344

 

Layoffs in the construction, service, and transportation industries.

 


STATES WITH AN INCREASE OF MORE THAN 1,000 


State

Change

 

State Supplied Comment

PA

+17,372

 

Layoffs in the chemical, mining, industrial machinery, transportation equipment, electrical equipment, electronic equipment, primary metals, fabricated metals, and stone/clay/glass industries.

NC

+18,500

 

Layoffs in the construction, trade, service, lumber/wood, rubber/plastics, textile, and furniture industries.

GA

+19,454

 

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

CA

+28,358

 

Return to a five day workweek, as well as layoffs in the construction and service industries.

State Detail Prior Week
UI Claims Series 1967 to current