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EMPLOYMENT AND TRAINING ADMINISTRATION

USDL 10-138-NAT

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Tony Sznoluch (202) 693-3176

8:30 A.M. (EST), THURSDAY

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February 4, 2010

(202) 693-4676

 

UNEMPLOYMENT INSURANCE WEEKLY CLAIMS REPORT

          SEASONALLY ADJUSTED DATA

In the week ending Jan. 30, the advance figure for seasonally adjusted initial claims was 480,000, an increase of 8,000 from the previous week's revised figure of 472,000. The 4-week moving average was 468,750, an increase of 11,750 from the previous week's revised average of 457,000.

The advance seasonally adjusted insured unemployment rate was 3.5 percent for the week ending Jan. 23, unchanged from the prior week's unrevised rate of 3.5 percent.

The advance number for seasonally adjusted insured unemployment during the week ending Jan. 23 was 4,602,000, an increase of 2,000 from the preceding week's revised level of 4,600,000. The 4-week moving average was 4,617,500, a decrease of 51,250 from the preceding week's revised average of 4,668,750.

The fiscal year-to-date average for seasonally adjusted insured unemployment for all programs is 5.362 million.  

UNADJUSTED DATA

The advance number of actual initial claims under state programs, unadjusted, totaled 530,405 in the week ending Jan. 30, an increase of 28,234 from the previous week. There were 682,176 initial claims in the comparable week in 2009.

The advance unadjusted insured unemployment rate was 4.4 percent during the week ending Jan. 23, an increase of 0.1 percentage point from the prior week. The advance unadjusted number for persons claiming UI benefits in state programs totaled 5,665,141, an increase of 62,784 from the preceding week. A year earlier, the rate was 4.3 percent and the volume was 5,806,901.

Extended benefits were available in Alabama, Alaska, Arizona, California, Colorado, Connecticut, Delaware, the District of Columbia, Georgia, Idaho, Illinois, Indiana, Kansas, Kentucky, Maine, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, 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 Jan. 16.

Initial claims for UI benefits by former Federal civilian employees totaled 1,451 in the week ending Jan. 23, a decrease of 499 from the prior week. There were 1,858 initial claims by newly discharged veterans, a decrease of 554 from the preceding week.

There were 26,167 former Federal civilian employees claiming UI benefits for the week ending Jan. 16, a decrease of 59 from the previous week. Newly discharged veterans claiming benefits totaled 35,777, a decrease of 2,059 from the prior week.

States reported 5,632,219 persons claiming EUC (Emergency Unemployment Compensation) benefits for the week ending Jan. 16, an increase of 281,442 from the prior week. There were 1,839,758 claimants in the comparable week in 2009. EUC weekly claims include first, second, third, and fourth tier activity.

The highest insured unemployment rates in the week ending Jan. 16 were in Alaska (7.3 percent), Oregon (6.6), Pennsylvania (6.5), Idaho (6.4), Wisconsin (6.3), Montana (6.2), Michigan (6.0), Nevada (5.7), Connecticut (5.3), North Carolina (5.3), and Washington (5.3).

The largest increases in initial claims for the week ending Jan. 23 were in Oregon (+4,336), Puerto Rico (+2,439), and Hawaii (+18), while the largest decreases were in California (-22,674), Michigan
(-11,757), North Carolina (-9,546), Georgia (-7,588), and Missouri (-7,577).


UNEMPLOYMENT INSURANCE DATA FOR REGULAR STATE PROGRAMS


 

Advance

 

 

 

Prior1

WEEK ENDING

Jan. 30

Jan. 23

Change

Jan. 16

Year


Initial Claims (SA)

480,000

472,000

+8,000

479,000

624,000

Initial Claims (NSA)

530,405

502,171

+28,234

646,259

682,176

4-Wk Moving Average (SA)

468,750

457,000

+11,750

447,000

581,000

 

Advance

 

 

 

Prior1

WEEK ENDING

Jan. 23

Jan. 16

Change

Jan. 9

Year


Ins. Unemployment (SA)

4,602,000

4,600,000

+2,000

4,659,000

4,748,000

Ins. Unemployment (NSA)

5,665,141

5,602,357

+62,784

5,791,080

5,806,901

4-Wk Moving Average (SA)

4,617,500

4,668,750

-51,250

4,763,500

4,621,000


Ins. Unemployment Rate (SA)2

3.5%

3.5%

0.0

3.6%

3.5%

Ins. Unemployment Rate (NSA)2

4.4%

4.3%

+0.1

4.5%

4.3%


INITIAL CLAIMS FILED IN FEDERAL PROGRAMS (UNADJUSTED)


 

 

 

 

Prior1

WEEK ENDING

Jan. 23

Jan. 16

Change

Year


Federal Employees

1,451

1,950

-499

1,586

Newly Discharged Veterans

1,858

2,412

-554

2,711


PERSONS CLAIMING UI BENEFITS IN FEDERAL PROGRAMS (UNADJUSTED)


 

 

 

 

Prior1

WEEK ENDING

Jan. 16

Jan. 9

Change

Year


Federal Employees

26,167

26,226

-59

20,896

Newly Discharged Veterans

35,777

37,836

-2,059

26,760

Railroad Retirement Board

12,000

12,000

0

9,000

Extended Benefits

222,833

261,962

-39,129

14,058

EUC 20083

5,632,219

5,350,777

+281,442

1,839,758


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 130,128,328 as denominator.
3 - EUC weekly claims include first, second, third, and fourth tier activity.

UNADJUSTED INITIAL CLAIMS FOR WEEK ENDED 01/23/2010 


STATES WITH A DECREASE OF MORE THAN 1,000 


State

Change

 

State Supplied Comment

CA

-22,674

 

Decrease due to a shorter workweek.

MI

-11,757

 

Fewer layoffs were reported throughout all industries.

NC

-9,546

 

Fewer layoffs in the stone/clay/glass, construction, service, furniture, and mining industries.

GA

-7,588

 

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

MO

-7,577

 

Fewer layoffs in the construction and manufacturing industries.

TN

-6,892

 

Fewer layoffs in the service and manufacturing industries.

NY

-6,744

 

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

AL

-5,892

 

Fewer layoffs in the construction and manufacturing industries.

FL

-5,523

 

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

OH

-5,026

 

No comment.

IL

-4,835

 

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

PA

-4,815

 

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

TX

-4,436

 

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

CT

-3,548

 

No comment.

IA

-3,442

 

No comment.

IN

-3,349

 

Fewer layoffs in the trade industry.

MA

-3,236

 

No comment.

WA

-2,650

 

No comment.

MD

-2,492

 

No comment.

SC

-2,421

 

Fewer layoffs in the manufacturing industry.

WV

-2,358

 

No comment.

WI

-2,189

 

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

AR

-1,898

 

No comment.

MN

-1,458

 

No comment.

NV

-1,409

 

No comment.

CO

-1,392

 

No comment.

KS

-1,329

 

No comment.

AZ

-1,228

 

No comment.

ID

-1,192

 

No comment.

ME

-1,132

 

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

LA

-1,129

 

No comment.


STATES WITH AN INCREASE OF MORE THAN 1,000 


State

Change

 

State Supplied Comment

PR

+2,439

 

No comment.

OR

+4,336

 

No comment.

State Detail Prior Week
UI Claims Series 1967 to current


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