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EMPLOYMENT AND TRAINING ADMINISTRATION

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February 06, 2014

 

 

 

UNEMPLOYMENT INSURANCE WEEKLY CLAIMS REPORT

SEASONALLY ADJUSTED DATA

In the week ending February 1, the advance figure for seasonally adjusted initial claims was 331,000, a decrease of 20,000 from the previous week's revised figure of 351,000. The 4-week moving average was 334,000, an increase of 250 from the previous week's revised average of 333,750.

The advance seasonally adjusted insured unemployment rate was 2.3 percent for the week ending January 25, unchanged from the prior week's unrevised rate. The advance number for seasonally adjusted insured unemployment during the week ending January 25 was 2,964,000, an increase of 15,000 from the preceding week's revised level of 2,949,000. The 4-week moving average was 2,985,500, an increase of 25,750 from the preceding week's revised average of 2,959,750.

UNADJUSTED DATA

The advance number of actual initial claims under state programs, unadjusted, totaled 355,224 in the week ending February 1, a decrease of 2,432 from the previous week. There were 388,442 initial claims in the comparable week in 2013.

The advance unadjusted insured unemployment rate was 2.6 percent during the week ending January 25, unchanged from the prior week. The advance unadjusted number for persons claiming UI benefits in state programs totaled 3,441,429, an increase of 44,278 from the preceding week. A year earlier, the rate was 2.9 percent and the volume was 3,743,414.

The total number of people claiming benefits in all programs for the week ending January 18 was 3,467,640, a decrease of 115,861 from the previous week. There were 5,590,480 persons claiming benefits in all programs in the comparable week in 2013.

No state was triggered "on" the Extended Benefits program during the week ending January 18.

Initial claims for UI benefits filed by former Federal civilian employees totaled 1,280 in the week ending January 25, a decrease of 638 from the prior week. There were 1,874 initial claims filed by newly discharged veterans, a decrease of 372 from the preceding week.

There were 21,600 former Federal civilian employees claiming UI benefits for the week ending January 18, a decrease of 2,189 from the previous week. Newly discharged veterans claiming benefits totaled 30,596, a decrease of 2,090 from the prior week.

The Emergency Unemployment Compensation (EUC) program expired on January 1, 2014, and under current law no EUC payments will be made for weeks of unemployment after this date.

The highest insured unemployment rates in the week ending January 18 were in Alaska (5.9), Pennsylvania (4.1), Delaware (4.0), New Jersey (3.9), Illinois (3.7), Montana (3.7), Michigan (3.6), Puerto Rico (3.6), Rhode Island (3.6), and Wisconsin (3.6).

The largest increases in initial claims for the week ending January 25 were in Indiana (+5,407), Massachusetts (+1,050), and Nebraska (+12), while the largest decreases were in New York (-7,083), Texas (-4,152), Michigan (-3,929), Florida (-3,879), and New Jersey (-3,605).


UNEMPLOYMENT INSURANCE DATA FOR REGULAR STATE PROGRAMS


WEEK ENDING

Advance Feb. 1

Jan. 25

Change

Jan. 18

Prior Year1


Initial Claims (SA)

331,000

351,000

-20,000

329,000

361,000

Initial Claims (NSA)

355,224

357,656

-2,432

414,311

388,442

4-Wk Moving Average (SA)

334,000

333,750

+250

332,250

357,000

WEEK ENDING

Advance Jan. 25

Jan. 18

Change

Jan. 11

Prior Year1


Ins. Unemployment (SA)

2,964,000

2,949,000

+15,000

3,007,000

3,219,000

Ins. Unemployment (NSA)

3,441,429

3,397,151

+44,278

3,505,642

3,743,414

4-Wk Moving Average (SA)

2,985,500

2,959,750

+25,750

2,926,750

3,210,000


Ins. Unemployment Rate (SA)2

2.3%

2.3%

0.0

2.3%

2.5%

Ins. Unemployment Rate (NSA)2

2.6%

2.6%

0.0

2.7%

2.9%


INITIAL CLAIMS FILED IN FEDERAL PROGRAMS (UNADJUSTED)


WEEK ENDING

Jan. 25

Jan. 18

Change

Prior Year1

Federal Employees

1,280

1,918

-638

1,370

Newly Discharged Veterans

1,874

2,246

-372

2,256


PERSONS CLAIMING UI BENEFITS IN ALL PROGRAMS (UNADJUSTED)


WEEK ENDING

Jan. 18

Jan. 11

Change

Prior Year1

Regular State

3,392,965

3,500,020

-107,055

3,672,493

Federal Employees (UCFE)

21,600

23,789

-2,189

22,389

Newly Discharged Veterans (UCX)

30,596

32,686

-2,090

39,808

Extended Benefits4

32

71

-39

860

State Additional Benefits 5

7,183

6,947

+236

5,378

STC / Workshare 6

15,264

19,988

-4,724

23,454

TOTAL

3,467,640

3,583,501

-155,861

5,590,480


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 JANUARY 25, 2014


STATES WITH A DECREASE OF MORE THAN 1,000 


State

Change

 

State Supplied Comment

NY

-7,083

 

Fewer layoffs in the construction, food services, and retail trade industries.

TX

-4,152

 

No comment.

MI

-3,929

 

Fewer layoffs in the wholesale trade industry.

FL

-3,879

 

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

NJ

-3,605

 

Fewer layoffs in the trade, manufacturing, accommodation and food services, health care and social assistance, administrative and support services industries.

MO -3,412   Fewer layoffs in the construction, manufacturing, accommodation and food services, and administrative and support services industries.
GA -3,235   Fewer layoffs in the manufacturing, construction, transportation and warehousing, administrative and support services, and trade industries.
WI -2,519   No comment.
CT -2,509   No comment.
IL -2,484   No comment.
CA -2,363   No comment
AL -2,309   Fewer layoffs in the administrative and support service, construction, transportation, and manufacturing industries.
NC -2,009   Fewer layoffs in the nonclassifiable establishments, administrative and support services, construction, and food services industries.
TN -1,814   No comment.
SC -1,535   Fewer layoffs in the manufacturing industries.
WA -1,431   No comment.
PA -1,165   Fewer layoffs in the administrative and support services, warehousing, food services, and retail industries.
MN -1,011   No comment
NV -1,007   No comment.
AR -1,006   No comment.

STATES WITH AN INCREASE OF MORE THAN 1,000 


State

Change

 

State Supplied Comment

IN

+5,407

  

No comment.

MA

+1,050

  

No comment.


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