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UNEMPLOYMENT INSURANCE WEEKLY CLAIMS REPORT

          SEASONALLY ADJUSTED DATA

In the week ending Jan. 2, the advance figure for seasonally adjusted initial claims was 434,000, an increase of 1,000 from the previous week's revised figure of 433,000. The 4-week moving average was 450,250, a decrease of 10,250 from the previous week's revised average of 460,500.

The advance seasonally adjusted insured unemployment rate was 3.6 percent for the week ending Dec. 26, a decrease of 0.2 percentage point from the prior week's unrevised rate of 3.8 percent.

The advance number for seasonally adjusted insured unemployment during the week ending Dec. 26 was 4,802,000, a decrease of 179,000 from the preceding week's unrevised level of 4,981,000. The 4-week moving average was 5,005,750, a decrease of 95,250 from the preceding week's unrevised average of 5,101,000.

The fiscal year-to-date average for seasonally adjusted insured unemployment for all programs is 5.565 million.  

UNADJUSTED DATA

The advance number of actual initial claims under state programs, unadjusted, totaled 645,571 in the week ending Jan. 2, an increase of 88,000 from the previous week. There were 731,958 initial claims in the comparable week in 2009.

The advance unadjusted insured unemployment rate was 4.2 percent during the week ending Dec. 26, an increase of 0.3 percentage point from the prior week. The advance unadjusted number for persons claiming UI benefits in state programs totaled 5,479,110, an increase of 388,729 from the preceding week. A year earlier, the rate was 4.0 percent and the volume was 5,317,388.

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 Dec. 19.

Initial claims for UI benefits by former Federal civilian employees totaled 1,651 in the week ending Dec. 26, a decrease of 105 from the prior week. There were 1,381 initial claims by newly discharged veterans, a decrease of 893 from the preceding week.

There were 25,771 former Federal civilian employees claiming UI benefits for the week ending Dec. 19, a decrease of 651 from the previous week. Newly discharged veterans claiming benefits totaled 34,397, a decrease of 3,129 from the prior week.

States reported 5,143,410 persons claiming EUC (Emergency Unemployment Compensation) benefits for the week ending Dec. 19, an increase of 235,626 from the prior week. There were 1,922,488 claimants in the comparable week in 2008. EUC weekly claims include first, second, third, and fourth tier activity.

The highest insured unemployment rates in the week ending Dec. 19 were in Alaska (6.7 percent), Oregon (5.9), Puerto Rico (5.8), Nevada (5.6), Idaho (5.5), Pennsylvania (5.2), Wisconsin (5.2), Montana (5.1), Washington (5.1), and Michigan (5.0).

The largest increases in initial claims for the week ending Dec. 26 were in Pennsylvania (+9,653), Kentucky (+6,069), Indiana (+5,537), Kansas (+5,166), and Ohio (+4,361), while the largest decreases were in California (-23,160), Texas (-7,956), Georgia (-4,661), Florida (-3,736), and North Carolina
(-2,993).


UNEMPLOYMENT INSURANCE DATA FOR REGULAR STATE PROGRAMS


 

Advance

 

 

 

Prior1

WEEK ENDING

Jan. 2

Dec. 26

Change

Dec. 19

Year


Initial Claims (SA)

434,000

433,000

+1,000

454,000

488,000

Initial Claims (NSA)

645,571

557,571

+88,000

565,243

731,958

4-Wk Moving Average (SA)

450,250

460,500

-10,250

465,750

528,000

 

Advance

 

 

 

Prior1

WEEK ENDING

Dec. 26

Dec. 19

Change

Dec. 12

Year


Ins. Unemployment (SA)

4,802,000

4,981,000

-179,000

5,038,000

4,529,000

Ins. Unemployment (NSA)

5,479,110

5,090,381

+388,729

5,345,467

5,317,388

4-Wk Moving Average (SA)

5,005,750

5,101,000

-95,250

5,223,250

4,421,500


Ins. Unemployment Rate (SA)2

3.6%

3.8%

-0.2

3.8%

3.4%

Ins. Unemployment Rate (NSA)2

4.2%

3.9%

+0.3

4.1%

4.0%


INITIAL CLAIMS FILED IN FEDERAL PROGRAMS (UNADJUSTED)


 

 

 

 

Prior1

WEEK ENDING

Dec. 26

Dec. 19

Change

Year


Federal Employees

1,651

1,756

-105

1,419

Newly Discharged Veterans

1,381

2,274

-893

1,115


PERSONS CLAIMING UI BENEFITS IN FEDERAL PROGRAMS (UNADJUSTED)


 

 

 

 

Prior1

WEEK ENDING

Dec. 19

Dec. 12

Change

Year


Federal Employees

25,771

26,422

-651

19,158

Newly Discharged Veterans

34,397

37,526

-3,129

24,112

Railroad Retirement Board

11,000

11,000

0

5,000

Extended Benefits

296,534

367,498

-70,964

1,168

EUC 20083

5,143,410

4,907,784

+235,626

1,922,488


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, third, and fourth tier activity.

UNADJUSTED INITIAL CLAIMS FOR WEEK ENDED 12/26/2009 


STATES WITH A DECREASE OF MORE THAN 1,000 


State

Change

 

State Supplied Comment

CA

-23,160

 

Decrease due to a shorter workweek, as well as fewer layoffs in the construction and service industries.

TX

-7,956

 

Fewer layoffs in the trade, service, and manufacturing industries.

GA

-4,661

 

Fewer layoffs in the construction, trade, service, and manufacturing industries.

FL

-3,736

 

Fewer layoffs in the construction, trade, and service industries, and agriculture.

NC

-2,993

 

Fewer layoffs in the construction and service industries.

AZ

-2,175

 

No comment.

NY

-2,043

 

Decrease due to a shorter workweek, as well as fewer layoffs in the construction, service, and real estate industries.

NV

-1,871

 

No comment.

CO

-1,421

 

No comment.

LA

-1,386

 

No comment.

CT

-1,307

 

No comment.

OK

-1,246

 

No comment.


STATES WITH AN INCREASE OF MORE THAN 1,000 


State

Change

 

State Supplied Comment

TN

+1,461

 

Layoffs in the manufacturing industry.

MD

+1,489

 

No comment.

AR

+1,638

 

No comment.

MO

+2,342

 

Layoffs in the transportation, warehousing, and manufacturing industries.

NJ

+2,540

 

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

IL

+2,571

 

Layoffs in the construction, trade, and manufacturing industries.

WI

+2,749

 

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

MA

+2,757

 

No comment.

MI

+2,994

 

No comment.

OH

+4,361

 

No comment.

KS

+5,166

 

No comment.

IN

+5,537

 

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

KY

+6,069

 

Layoffs in the manufacturing industry.

PA

+9,653

 

Layoffs in the construction, service, food, and transportation industries.