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EMPLOYMENT AND TRAINING ADMINISTRATION

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November 1, 2012

UNEMPLOYMENT INSURANCE WEEKLY CLAIMS REPORT

          SEASONALLY ADJUSTED DATA

In the week ending October 27, the advance figure for seasonally adjusted initial claims was 363,000, a decrease of 9,000 from the previous week's revised figure of 372,000. The 4-week moving average was 367,250, a decrease of 1,500 from the previous week's revised average of 368,750.

The advance seasonally adjusted insured unemployment rate was 2.5 percent for the week ending October 20, unchanged from the prior week's unrevised rate. The advance number for seasonally adjusted insured unemployment during the week ending October 20 was 3,263,000, an increase of 4,000 from the preceding week's revised level of 3,259,000. The 4-week moving average was 3,266,500, a decrease of 6,250 from the preceding week's revised average of 3,272,750.

UNADJUSTED DATA

The advance number of actual initial claims under state programs, unadjusted, totaled 339,750 in the week ending October 27, a decrease of 5,476 from the previous week. There were 369,647 initial claims in the comparable week in 2011.

The advance unadjusted insured unemployment rate was 2.2 percent during the week ending October 20, unchanged from the prior week's unrevised rate. The advance unadjusted number for persons claiming UI benefits in state programs totaled 2,839,018, an increase of 23,295 from the preceding week. A year earlier, the rate was 2.5 percent and the volume was 3,199,527.

The total number of people claiming benefits in all programs for the week ending October 13 was 5,035,367, an increase of 112,147 from the previous week. There were 6,783,614 persons claiming benefits in all programs in the comparable week in 2011.

Extended Benefits were only available in New York during the week ending October 13.

Initial claims for UI benefits filed by former Federal civilian employees totaled 1,586 in the week ending October 20, a decrease of 405 from the prior week. There were 2,817 initial claims filed by newly discharged veterans, a decrease of 7 from the preceding week.

There were 18,144 former Federal civilian employees claiming UI benefits for the week ending October 13, an increase of 575 from the previous week. Newly discharged veterans claiming benefits totaled 39,718, an increase of 1,603 from the prior week.

States reported 2,098,646 persons claiming EUC (Emergency Unemployment Compensation) benefits for the week ending October 13, an increase of 45,689 from the prior week. There were 2,945,642 persons claiming EUC in the comparable week in 2011. EUC weekly claims include first, second, third, and fourth tier activity.

The highest insured unemployment rates in the week ending October 13 were in Alaska (4.0), Puerto Rico (3.7), Virgin Islands (3.4), New Jersey (3.2), California (3.1), Pennsylvania (3.1), Connecticut (3.0), Oregon (2.8), Nevada (2.7), Arkansas (2.6), Illinois (2.6), New York (2.6), and North Carolina (2.6).

The largest increases in initial claims for the week ending October 20 were in North Carolina (+2,400), Pennsylvania (+1,679), New Jersey (+1,575), Georgia (+1,477), and Tennessee (+888), while the largest decreases were in California (-16,586), Florida (-2,414), Texas (-1,572), Michigan (-1,308), and Ohio (-1,214).


UNEMPLOYMENT INSURANCE DATA FOR REGULAR STATE PROGRAMS


WEEK ENDING

Advance October 27

October 20

Change

October 13

Prior Year1


Initial Claims (SA)

363,000

372,000

-9,000

392,000

398,000

Initial Claims (NSA)

339,750

345,226

-5,476

362,730

369,647

4-Wk Moving Average (SA)

367,250

368,750

-1,500

366,500

399,750

WEEK ENDING

Advance October 20

October 13

Change

October 6

Prior Year1


Ins. Unemployment (SA)

3,263,000

3,259,000

+4,000

3,263,000

3,682,000

Ins. Unemployment (NSA)

2,839,018

2,815,723

+23,295

2,753,759

3,199,527

4-Wk Moving Average (SA)

3,266,500

3,272,750

-6,250

3,278,250

3,686,000


Ins. Unemployment Rate (SA)2

2.5%

2.5%

0.0

2.5%

2.9%

Ins. Unemployment Rate (NSA)2

2.2%

2.2%

0.0

2.2%

2.5%


INITIAL CLAIMS FILED IN FEDERAL PROGRAMS (UNADJUSTED)


WEEK ENDING

October 20

October 13

Change

Prior Year1

Federal Employees

1,586

1,991

-405

2,319

Newly Discharged Veterans

2,817

2,824

-7

2,670


PERSONS CLAIMING UI BENEFITS IN ALL PROGRAMS (UNADJUSTED)


WEEK ENDING

October 13

October 6

Change

Prior Year1

Regular State

2,807,582

2,746,361

+61,221

3,188,368

Federal Employees (UCFE)

18,144

17,569

+575

29,229

Newly Discharged Veterans (UCX)

39,718

38,115

+1,603

41,086

EUC 20083

2,098,646

2,052,957

+45,689

2,945,642

Extended Benefits4

35,741

34,389

+1,352

540,500

State Additional Benefits 5

5,841

6,151

-310

4,551

STC / Workshare 6

29,695

27,678

+2,017

34,238

TOTAL

5,035,367

4,923,220

+112,147

6,783,614

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 128,066,082 as denominator.
3 - EUC weekly claims include first, second, third, and fourth tier activity. Tier-specific EUC data can be found here: http://ows.doleta.gov/unemploy/docs/persons.xls
4 - Information on the EB program can be found here: http://www.ows.doleta.gov/unemploy/extenben.asp
5 - Some states maintain additional benefit programs for those claimants who exhaust regular, extended and emergency benefits. Information on states that participate, and the extent of benefits paid, can be found starting on page 4-5 of this link: http://ows.doleta.gov/unemploy/pdf/uilawcompar/2010/special.pdf
6 - Information on STC/Worksharing can be found starting on page 4-9 of the following link: http://ows.doleta.gov/unemploy/pdf/uilawcompar/2010/special.pdf

UNADJUSTED INITIAL CLAIMS FOR WEEK ENDED 10/20/2012


STATES WITH A DECREASE OF MORE THAN 1,000


State

Change

 

State Supplied Comment

CA

-16,586

 

Fewer layoffs in the service industry.

FL

-2,414

 

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

TX

-1,572

 

No comment.

MI

-1,308

 

No comment.

OH

-1,214

 

Fewer layoffs in the manufacturing industry.

VA

-1,105

 

Fewer layoffs in the manufacturing industry.


STATES WITH AN INCREASE OF MORE THAN 1,000


State

Change

 

State Supplied Comment

NC

+2,400

 

Layoffs across all sectors, with the largest share from the service industry.

PA

+1,679

 

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

NJ

+1,575

 

Layoffs in the transportation and manufacturing industries.

GA

+1,477

 

Layoffs in the manufacturing, and agriculture, forestry, fishing, and hunting industries.

State Detail Prior Week
UI Claims Series 1967 to current


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