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EMPLOYMENT AND TRAINING ADMINISTRATION

USDL 08-940-NAT

 

 

 

 

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UNEMPLOYMENT INSURANCE WEEKLY CLAIMS REPORT

          SEASONALLY ADJUSTED DATA

In the week ending July 5, the advance figure for seasonally adjusted initial claims was 346,000, a decrease of 58,000 from the previous week's unrevised figure of 404,000. The 4-week moving average was 380,500, a decrease of 10,000 from the previous week's unrevised average of 390,500.

The advance seasonally adjusted insured unemployment rate was 2.4 percent for the week ending June 28, an increase of 0.1 percentage point from the prior week's unrevised rate of 2.3 percent.

The advance number for seasonally adjusted insured unemployment during the week ending June 28 was 3,202,000, an increase of 91,000 from the preceding week's revised level of 3,111,000. The 4-week moving average was 3,126,000, an increase of 16,500 from the preceding week's revised average of 3,109,500.  

The fiscal year-to-date average for seasonally adjusted insured unemployment for all programs is 2.926 million.

UNADJUSTED DATA

The advance number of actual initial claims under state programs, unadjusted, totaled 398,432 in the week ending July 5, an increase of 30,009 from the previous week. There were 417,554 initial claims in the comparable week in 2007.

The advance unadjusted insured unemployment rate was 2.1 percent during the week ending June 28, unchanged from the prior week. The advance unadjusted number for persons claiming UI benefits in state programs totaled 2,856,382, an increase of 781 from the preceding week. A year earlier, the rate was 1.7 percent and the volume was 2,303,357.

Extended benefits were available in Alaska during the week ending June 21.

Initial claims for UI benefits by former Federal civilian employees totaled 1,415 in the week ending June 28, an increase of 38 from the prior week. There were 1,601 initial claims by newly discharged veterans, an increase of 82 from the preceding week.

There were 11,699 former Federal civilian employees claiming UI benefits for the week ending June 21, an increase of 478 from the previous week. Newly discharged veterans claiming benefits totaled 19,204, a decrease of 555 from the prior week.

The highest insured unemployment rates in the week ending June 21 were in Puerto Rico (4.7 percent), Pennsylvania (3.2), Oregon (3.1), Alaska (3.0), California (2.9), Michigan (2.9), Rhode Island (2.9), Nevada (2.8), New Jersey (2.8), and Arkansas (2.7).

The largest increases in initial claims for the week ending June 28 were in Kentucky (+4,192), Massachusetts (+3,467), Indiana (+3,313), Michigan (+3,260), and New York (+2,894), while the largest decreases were in Pennsylvania (-2,510), Iowa (-2,130), Wisconsin (-2,129), Georgia (-1,882), and Maryland (-1,520).


UNEMPLOYMENT INSURANCE DATA FOR REGULAR STATE PROGRAMS


 

Advance

 

 

 

Prior1

WEEK ENDING

July 5

June 28

Change

June 21

Year


Initial Claims (SA)

346,000

404,000

-58,000

388,000

304,000

Initial Claims (NSA)

398,432

368,423

+30,009

358,159

417,554

4-Wk Moving Average (SA)

380,500

390,500

-10,000

379,250

316,250

 

Advance

 

 

 

Prior1

WEEK ENDING

June 28

June 21

Change

June 14

Year


Ins. Unemployment (SA)

3,202,000

3,111,000

+91,000

3,135,000

2,548,000

Ins. Unemployment (NSA)

2,856,382

2,855,601

+781

2,852,599

2,303,357

4-Wk Moving Average (SA)

3,126,000

3,109,500

+16,500

3,102,000

2,530,000


Ins. Unemployment Rate (SA)2

2.4%

2.3%

+0.1

2.4%

1.9%

Ins. Unemployment Rate (NSA)2

2.1%

2.1%

0.0

2.1%

1.7%


INITIAL CLAIMS FILED IN FEDERAL PROGRAMS (UNADJUSTED)


 

 

 

 

Prior1

WEEK ENDING

June 28

June 21

Change

Year


Federal Employees

1,415

1,377

+38

1,476

Newly Discharged Veterans

1,601

1,519

+82

1,589


PERSONS CLAIMING UI BENEFITS IN FEDERAL PROGRAMS (UNADJUSTED)


 

 

 

 

Prior1

WEEK ENDING

June 21

June 14

Change

Year


Federal Employees

11,699

11,221

+478

12,415

Newly Discharged Veterans

19,204

19,759

-555

21,257

Railroad Retirement Board

2,000

2,000

0

2,000

Extended Benefits

1,201

1,511

-310

0


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 133,382,559 as denominator.

UNADJUSTED INITIAL CLAIMS FOR WEEK ENDED 06/28/2008 


STATES WITH A DECREASE OF MORE THAN 1,000 


State

Change

 

State Supplied Comment

PA

-2,510

 

Fewer layoffs in the transportation, primary metals, chemical, and service industries.

IA

-2,130

 

Fewer flood claims and fewer layoffs in the manufacturing industry.

WI

-2,129

 

Fewer layoffs in the construction, transportation, warehousing, and manufacturing industries.

GA

-1,882

 

Fewer layoffs in the textile industry.

MD

-1,520

 

Fewer layoffs in the manufacturing industry.

CA

-1,231

 

No comment.

IL

-1,209

 

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

FL

-1,033

 

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


STATES WITH AN INCREASE OF MORE THAN 1,000 


State

Change

 

State Supplied Comment

OH

+1,320

 

No comment.

TX

+1,537

 

Layoffs in the finance, service, and manufacturing industries.

CT

+1,628

 

Layoffs in the transportation and service industries.

NJ

+2,842

 

Layoffs in the transportation, service, and public administration industries.

NY

+2,894

 

Layoffs in the service industry.

MI

+3,260

 

Layoffs in the automobile industry.

IN

+3,313

 

Layoffs in the automobile and manufacturing industries.

MA

+3,467

 

Layoffs in the transportation and manufacturing industries.

KY

+4,192

 

Layoffs in the automobile and manufacturing industries.

State Detail Prior Week
UI Claims Series 1967 to current