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EMPLOYMENT AND TRAINING ADMINISTRATION

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January 9, 2014

 

 

 

UNEMPLOYMENT INSURANCE WEEKLY CLAIMS REPORT

SEASONALLY ADJUSTED DATA

In the week ending January 4, the advance figure for seasonally adjusted initial claims was 330,000, a decrease of 15,000 from the previous week's revised figure of 345,000. The 4-week moving average was 349,000, a decrease of 9,750 from the previous week's revised average of 358,750.

The advance seasonally adjusted insured unemployment rate was 2.2 percent for the week ending December 28, unchanged from the prior week's unrevised rate. The advance number for seasonally adjusted insured unemployment during the week ending December 28 was 2,865,000, an increase of 50,000 from the preceding week's revised level of 2,815,000. The 4-week moving average was 2,872,250, an increase of 18,750 from the preceding week's revised average of 2,853,500.

UNADJUSTED DATA

The advance number of actual initial claims under state programs, unadjusted, totaled 486,033 in the week ending January 4, an increase of 34,384 from the previous week. There were 557,724 initial claims in the comparable week in 2013.

The advance unadjusted insured unemployment rate was 2.5 percent during the week ending December 28, an increase of 0.3 percentage point from the prior week. The advance unadjusted number for persons claiming UI benefits in state programs totaled 3,295,112, an increase of 451,828 from the preceding week. A year earlier, the rate was 2.9 percent and the volume was 3,730,220.

The total number of people claiming benefits in all programs for the week ending December 21 was 4,193,749, a decrease of 265,067 from the previous week. There were 5,356,419 persons claiming benefits in all programs in the comparable week in 2012.

No state was triggered "on" the Extended Benefits program during the week ending December 21.

Initial claims for UI benefits filed by former Federal civilian employees totaled 1,199 in the week ending December 28, a decrease of 669 from the prior week. There were 1,208 initial claims filed by newly discharged veterans, a decrease of 789 from the preceding week.

There were 20,705 former Federal civilian employees claiming UI benefits for the week ending December 21, a decrease of 2,003 from the previous week. Newly discharged veterans claiming benefits totaled 28,567, a decrease of 3,430 from the prior week.

States reported 1,287,037 persons claiming Emergency Unemployment Compensation (EUC) benefits for the week ending December 21, a decrease of 104,260 from the prior week. There were 1,991,454 persons claiming EUC in the comparable week in 2012. EUC weekly claims include first, second, third, and fourth tier activity.

The highest insured unemployment rates in the week ending December 21 were in Alaska (5.3), Pennsylvania (3.4), New Jersey (3.3), Connecticut (3.2), Illinois (3.1), Montana (3.0), Puerto Rico (2.9), Wisconsin (2.9), California (2.8), Nevada (2.8), Oregon (2.8), and Rhode Island (2.8).

The largest increases in initial claims for the week ending December 28 were in Michigan (+16,056), Pennsylvania (+10,601), New Jersey (+7,345), Ohio (+7,036), and Iowa (+5,369), while the largest decreases were in California (-14,635), Texas (-6,723), Florida (-3,738), North Carolina (-2,694), and South Carolina (-2,184).


UNEMPLOYMENT INSURANCE DATA FOR REGULAR STATE PROGRAMS


WEEK ENDING

Advance Jan. 4

Dec. 28

Change

Dec. 21

Prior Year1


Initial Claims (SA)

330,000

345,000

-15,000

341,000

373,000

Initial Claims (NSA)

486,033

451,649

+34,384

417,706

557,724

4-Wk Moving Average (SA)

349,000

358,750

-9,750

348,750

369,250

WEEK ENDING

Advance Dec. 28

Dec. 21

Change

Dec. 14

Prior Year1


Ins. Unemployment (SA)

2,865,000

2,815,000

+50,000

2,932,000

3,183,000

Ins. Unemployment (NSA)

3,295,112

2,843,284

+451,828

2,993,339

3,730,220

4-Wk Moving Average (SA)

2,872,250

2,853,500

+18,750

2,839,000

3,207,000


Ins. Unemployment Rate (SA)2

2.2%

2.2%

0.0

2.2%

2.5%

Ins. Unemployment Rate (NSA)2

2.5%

2.2%

+0.3%

2.3%

2.9%


INITIAL CLAIMS FILED IN FEDERAL PROGRAMS (UNADJUSTED)


WEEK ENDING

Dec. 28

Dec. 21

Change

Prior Year1

Federal Employees

1,199

1,868

-669

1,134

Newly Discharged Veterans

1,208

1,997

-769

1,591


PERSONS CLAIMING UI BENEFITS IN ALL PROGRAMS (UNADJUSTED)


WEEK ENDING

Dec. 21

Dec. 14

Change

Prior Year1

Regular State

2,839,631

2,986,707

-147,076

3,279,652

Federal Employees (UCFE)

20,705

22,708

-2,003

20,856

Newly Discharged Veterans (UCX)

28,567

31,997

-3,430

38,205

EUC 20083

1,287,037

1,391,297

-104,260

1,991,454

Extended Benefits4

292

177

+115

1,045

State Additional Benefits 5

3,662

4,406

-744

5,412

STC / Workshare 6

13,855

21,524

-7,669

19,795

TOTAL

4,193,749

4,458,816

-265,067

5,356,419


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 130,396,096 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 NOVEMBER 9, 2013


STATES WITH A DECREASE OF MORE THAN 1,000 


State

Change

 

State Supplied Comment

CA

-14,635

 

Fewer layoffs in the service industry.

TX

-6,723

 

No comment.

FL

-3,738

 

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

NC

-2,694

 

Fewer layoffs in the nonclassifiable establishments, and food service industries.

SC

-2,184

 

No comment.

GA -2,029   Fewer layoffs in the trade, transportation and warehousing, accommodation and food service, health care and social assistance, and construction industries.
VA -1,392   No comment.
NY -1,210   Fewer layoffs in the construction, health care and social assistance, and professional, scientifc, and technical services industries.
AZ -1,180   No comment.

STATES WITH AN INCREASE OF MORE THAN 1,000 


State

Change

 

State Supplied Comment

MI

+16,056

  

Layoffs in the manufacturing industry.

PA

+10,601

  

Layoffs in the transportation, manufacturing, construction, and administrative and support service industries.

NJ

+7,345

  

Layoffs in the educational services, public administration, manufacturing, and real estate industries.

OH

+7,036

  

Layoffs in the manufacturing, retail, transportation, health care service, and food service industries.

IA

+5,369

  

Layoffs in the manufacturing industry.

KY

+4,663

  

No comment.

WI

+3,644

  

No comment.

WA +3,479   Layoffs in the agriculture, forest, fishing, hunting, construction, manufacturing, and transportation and warehousing industries.
MA +2,892   No comment.
KS +2,375   No comment.
MD +1,975   No comment.
AR +1,778   No comment.
CT +1,339   No comment.
NH +1,206   Layoffs in the transportation, manufacturing, and educational services industries.

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