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EMPLOYMENT AND TRAINING ADMINISTRATION

USDL 08-1789-NAT

 

 

 

 

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December 11, 2008

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UNEMPLOYMENT INSURANCE WEEKLY CLAIMS REPORT

          SEASONALLY ADJUSTED DATA

In the week ending Dec. 6, the advance figure for seasonally adjusted initial claims was 573,000, an increase of 58,000 from the previous week's revised figure of 515,000. The 4-week moving average was 540,500, an increase of 14,250 from the previous week's revised average of 526,250.

The advance seasonally adjusted insured unemployment rate was 3.3 percent for the week ending Nov. 29, an increase of 0.2 percentage point from the prior week's unrevised rate of 3.1 percent.

The advance number for seasonally adjusted insured unemployment during the week ending Nov. 29 was 4,429,000, an increase of 338,000 from the preceding week's revised level of 4,091,000. The 4-week moving average was 4,133,500, an increase of 130,750 from the preceding week's revised average of 4,002,750.  

UNADJUSTED DATA

The advance number of actual initial claims under state programs, unadjusted, totaled 757,481 in the week ending Dec. 6, an increase of 221,735 from the previous week. There were 423,130 initial claims in the comparable week in 2007.

The advance unadjusted insured unemployment rate was 3.4 percent during the week ending Nov. 29, an increase of 0.7 percentage point from the prior week. The advance unadjusted number for persons claiming UI benefits in state programs totaled 4,490,760, an increase of 837,333 from the preceding week. A year earlier, the rate was 2.0 percent and the volume was 2,623,051.

Extended benefits were available in North Carolina and Rhode Island during the week ending Nov. 22.

Initial claims for UI benefits by former Federal civilian employees totaled 1,665 in the week ending Nov. 29, a decrease of 291 from the prior week. There were 1,275 initial claims by newly discharged veterans, a decrease of 555 from the preceding week.

There were 15,656 former Federal civilian employees claiming UI benefits for the week ending Nov. 22, an increase of 107 from the previous week. Newly discharged veterans claiming benefits totaled 22,286, a decrease of 2,139 from the prior week.

States reported 673,949 persons claiming EUC (Emergency Unemployment Compensation) benefits for the week ending Nov. 22, a decrease of 35,949 from the prior week.

The highest insured unemployment rates in the week ending Nov. 22 were in Puerto Rico (5.0 percent), Oregon (4.5), Michigan (4.3), Nevada (4.1), Idaho (3.9), Alaska (3.8), Pennsylvania (3.7), South Carolina (3.7), New Jersey (3.6), and Wisconsin (3.5).

The largest increases in initial claims for the week ending Nov. 29 were in Wisconsin (+16,331), Iowa (+6,240), Arkansas (+1,509), Mississippi (+1,398), and North Dakota (+1,391), while the largest decreases were in California (-20,304), Florida (-8,626), Missouri (-8,347), Michigan (-7,323), and Texas (-7,129).


UNEMPLOYMENT INSURANCE DATA FOR REGULAR STATE PROGRAMS


 

Advance

 

 

 

Prior1

WEEK ENDING

Dec. 6

Nov. 29

Change

Nov. 22

Year


Initial Claims (SA)

573,000

515,000

+58,000

531,000

337,000

Initial Claims (NSA)

757,481

535,746

+221,735

609,138

423,130

4-Wk Moving Average (SA)

540,500

526,250

+14,250

518,500

339,750

 

Advance

 

 

 

Prior1

WEEK ENDING

Nov. 29

Nov. 22

Change

Nov. 15

Year


Ins. Unemployment (SA)

4,429,000

4,091,000

+338,000

3,998,000

2,642,000

Ins. Unemployment (NSA)

4,490,760

3,653,427

+837,333

3,782,040

2,623,051

4-Wk Moving Average (SA)

4,133,500

4,002,750

+130,750

3,938,000

2,623,000


Ins. Unemployment Rate (SA)2

3.3%

3.1%

+0.2

3.0%

2.0%

Ins. Unemployment Rate (NSA)2

3.4%

2.7%

+0.7

2.8%

2.0%


INITIAL CLAIMS FILED IN FEDERAL PROGRAMS (UNADJUSTED)


 

 

 

 

Prior1

WEEK ENDING

Nov. 29

Nov. 22

Change

Year


Federal Employees

1,665

1,956

-291

1,993

Newly Discharged Veterans

1,275

1,830

-555

1,766


PERSONS CLAIMING UI BENEFITS IN FEDERAL PROGRAMS (UNADJUSTED)


 

 

 

 

Prior1

WEEK ENDING

Nov. 22

Nov. 15

Change

Year


Federal Employees

15,656

15,549

+107

17,625

Newly Discharged Veterans

22,286

24,425

-2,139

25,579

Railroad Retirement Board

3,000

3,000

0

3,000

Extended Benefits

130

127

+3

0

EUC 2008

673,949

709,898

-35,949

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 11/29/2008 


STATES WITH A DECREASE OF MORE THAN 1,000 


State

Change

 

State Supplied Comment

CA

-20,304

 

Fewer layoffs in the service industry.

FL

-8,626

 

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

MO

-8,347

 

Fewer layoffs in the construction and manufacturing industries.

MI

-7,323

 

Fewer layoffs in the automobile and manufacturing industries.

TX

-7,129

 

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

GA

-5,044

 

Fewer layoffs in the textile, carpets/rugs, and manufacturing industries.

TN

-4,981

 

Fewer layoffs in the manufacturing industry.

IL

-4,978

 

Fewer layoffs in the construction and service industries.

VA

-4,414

 

Fewer layoffs in the manufacturing industry.

NJ

-3,324

 

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

AZ

-3,003

 

No comment.

AL

-2,731

 

Fewer layoffs in the textile and trade industries.

NC

-2,556

 

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

OH

-2,145

 

No comment.

NY

-1,966

 

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

MD

-1,616

 

No comment.

CO

-1,554

 

No comment.

NV

-1,510

 

No comment.

OK

-1,293

 

No comment.

PA

-1,229

 

Fewer layoffs in the transportation equipment and manufacturing industries.

LA

-1,091

 

No comment.


STATES WITH AN INCREASE OF MORE THAN 1,000 


State

Change

 

State Supplied Comment

OR

+1,040

 

Layoffs in the trade, service, public administration, and manufacturing industries.

ID

+1,094

 

No comment.

ND

+1,391

 

Layoffs in the construction, industrial machinery, and manufacturing industries.

MS

+1,398

 

Layoffs in the automobile, service, and manufacturing industries.

AR

+1,509

 

Layoffs in the lumber/wood, industrial machinery, and electrical equipment industries.

IA

+6,240

 

Layoffs in the manufacturing industry.

WI

+16,331

 

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

State Detail Prior Week
UI Claims Series 1967 to current