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EMPLOYMENT AND TRAINING ADMINISTRATION

USDL 08-1570-NAT

 

 

 

 

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November 6, 2008

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UNEMPLOYMENT INSURANCE WEEKLY CLAIMS REPORT

          SEASONALLY ADJUSTED DATA

In the week ending Nov. 1, the advance figure for seasonally adjusted initial claims was 481,000, a decrease of 4,000 from the previous week's revised figure of 485,000. The 4-week moving average was 477,000, unchanged from the previous week's revised average of 477,000.

The advance seasonally adjusted insured unemployment rate was 2.9 percent for the week ending Oct. 25, an increase of 0.1 percentage point from the prior week's unrevised rate of 2.8 percent.

The advance number for seasonally adjusted insured unemployment during the week ending Oct. 25 was 3,843,000, an increase of 122,000 from the preceding week's revised level of 3,721,000. The 4-week moving average was 3,754,000, an increase of 43,000 from the preceding week's revised average of 3,711,000.  

UNADJUSTED DATA

The advance number of actual initial claims under state programs, unadjusted, totaled 463,932 in the week ending Nov. 1, an increase of 14,543 from the previous week. There were 325,831 initial claims in the comparable week in 2007.

The advance unadjusted insured unemployment rate was 2.5 percent during the week ending Oct. 25, an increase of 0.1 percentage point from the prior week. The advance unadjusted number for persons claiming UI benefits in state programs totaled 3,319,936, an increase of 86,818 from the preceding week. A year earlier, the rate was 1.7 percent and the volume was 2,261,001.

Extended benefits were available in North Carolina and Rhode Island during the week ending Oct 18.

Initial claims for UI benefits by former Federal civilian employees totaled 1,367 in the week ending Oct. 25, an increase of 4 from the prior week. There were 1,762 initial claims by newly discharged veterans, an increase of 250 from the preceding week.

There were 14,427 former Federal civilian employees claiming UI benefits for the week ending Oct. 18, an increase of 421 from the previous week. Newly discharged veterans claiming benefits totaled 23,057, an increase of 167 from the prior week.

States reported 773,049 persons claiming EUC (Emergency Unemployment Compensation) benefits for the week ending Oct. 18, a decrease of 205,093 from the prior week.

The highest insured unemployment rates in the week ending Oct. 18 were in Oregon (3.6 percent), the Virgin Islands (3.6), Michigan (3.5), Nevada (3.5), California (3.4), Puerto Rico (3.4), South Carolina (3.3), Arkansas (3.2), New Jersey (3.2), and Pennsylvania (3.2).

The largest increases in initial claims for the week ending Oct. 25 were in Pennsylvania (+5,579), California (+4,617), Illinois (+4,314), Ohio (+3,949), and North Carolina (+3,179), while the largest decreases were in Texas (-5,898), Tennessee (-2,078), Kansas (-1,067), Arkansas (-1,003), and Florida
(-661).


UNEMPLOYMENT INSURANCE DATA FOR REGULAR STATE PROGRAMS


 

Advance

 

 

 

Prior1

WEEK ENDING

Nov. 1

Oct. 25

Change

Oct. 18

Year


Initial Claims (SA)

481,000

485,000

-4,000

479,000

324,000

Initial Claims (NSA)

463,932

449,389

+14,543

416,111

325,831

4-Wk Moving Average (SA)

477,000

477,000

0

480,500

331,750

 

Advance

 

 

 

Prior1

WEEK ENDING

Oct. 25

Oct. 18

Change

Oct. 11

Year


Ins. Unemployment (SA)

3,843,000

3,721,000

+122,000

3,727,000

2,590,000

Ins. Unemployment (NSA)

3,319,936

3,233,118

+86,818

3,134,390

2,261,001

4-Wk Moving Average (SA)

3,754,000

3,711,000

+43,000

3,681,500

2,571,000


Ins. Unemployment Rate (SA)2

2.9%

2.8%

+0.1

2.8%

2.0%

Ins. Unemployment Rate (NSA)2

2.5%

2.4%

+0.1

2.3%

1.7%


INITIAL CLAIMS FILED IN FEDERAL PROGRAMS (UNADJUSTED)


 

 

 

 

Prior1

WEEK ENDING

Oct. 25

Oct. 18

Change

Year


Federal Employees

1,367

1,363

+4

1,170

Newly Discharged Veterans

1,762

1,512

+250

1,793


PERSONS CLAIMING UI BENEFITS IN FEDERAL PROGRAMS (UNADJUSTED)


 

 

 

 

Prior1

WEEK ENDING

Oct. 18

Oct. 11

Change

Year


Federal Employees

14,427

14,006

+421

14,462

Newly Discharged Veterans

23,057

22,890

+167

22,874

Railroad Retirement Board

3,000

3,000

0

3,000

Extended Benefits

675

1,099

-424

0

EUC 2008

773,049

978,142

-205,093

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 133,902,387 as denominator.

UNADJUSTED INITIAL CLAIMS FOR WEEK ENDED 10/25/2008 


STATES WITH A DECREASE OF MORE THAN 1,000 


State

Change

 

State Supplied Comment

TX

-5,898

 

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

TN

-2,078

 

Fewer layoffs in the rubber/plastics, industrial machinery, trade, and service industries.

KS

-1,067

 

No comment.

AR

-1,003

 

No comment.


STATES WITH AN INCREASE OF MORE THAN 1,000 


State

Change

 

State Supplied Comment

CT

+1,127

 

Layoffs in the finance, insurance, construction, and manufacturing industries.

MA

+1,400

 

Layoffs in the construction, trade, and service industries.

KY

+1,848

 

Layoffs in the automobile and manufacturing industries.

GA

+2,588

 

Layoffs in the manufacturing industry.

NJ

+2,697

 

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

NY

+3,177

 

Layoffs in the construction, trade, and service industries.

NC

+3,179

 

Layoffs in the transportation equipment, textile, furniture, trade, and primary metals industries.

OH

+3,949

 

Layoffs in the automobile industry.

IL

+4,314

 

Layoffs in the construction, trade, and manufacturing industries.

CA

+4,617

 

Layoffs in the trade and service industries, and agriculture.

PA

+5,579

 

Layoffs in the construction, service, and furniture industries.

State Detail Prior Week
UI Claims Series 1967 to current