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EMPLOYMENT AND TRAINING ADMINISTRATION

USDL 08-1873-NAT

 

 

 

 

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December 31, 2008

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UNEMPLOYMENT INSURANCE WEEKLY CLAIMS REPORT

          SEASONALLY ADJUSTED DATA

In the week ending Dec. 27, the advance figure for seasonally adjusted initial claims was 492,000, a decrease of 94,000 from the previous week's unrevised figure of 586,000. The 4-week moving average was 552,250, a decrease of 5,750 from the previous week's unrevised average of 558,000.

The advance seasonally adjusted insured unemployment rate was 3.4 percent for the week ending Dec. 20, an increase of 0.1 percentage point from the prior week's unrevised rate of 3.3 percent.

The advance number for seasonally adjusted insured unemployment during the week ending Dec. 20 was 4,506,000, an increase of 140,000 from the preceding week's revised level of 4,366,000. The 4-week moving average was 4,422,500, an increase of 103,750 from the preceding week's revised average of 4,318,750.  

UNADJUSTED DATA

The advance number of actual initial claims under state programs, unadjusted, totaled 718,468 in the week ending Dec. 27, an increase of 1,892 from the previous week. There were 507,908 initial claims in the comparable week in 2007.

The advance unadjusted insured unemployment rate was 3.4 percent during the week ending Dec. 20, unchanged from the prior week. The advance unadjusted number for persons claiming UI benefits in state programs totaled 4,568,685, a decrease of 19,701 from the preceding week. A year earlier, the rate was 2.1 percent and the volume was 2,812,156.

Extended benefits were available in North Carolina, Oregon, and Rhode Island during the week ending Dec. 13.

Initial claims for UI benefits by former Federal civilian employees totaled 1,610 in the week ending Dec. 20, a decrease of 589 from the prior week. There were 1,974 initial claims by newly discharged veterans, a decrease of 82 from the preceding week.

There were 18,787 former Federal civilian employees claiming UI benefits for the week ending Dec. 13, an increase of 327 from the previous week. Newly discharged veterans claiming benefits totaled 25,547, an increase of 803 from the prior week.

States reported 1,561,311 persons claiming EUC (Emergency Unemployment Compensation) benefits for the week ending Dec. 13, an increase of 84,941 from the prior week.

The highest insured unemployment rates in the week ending Dec. 13 were in Michigan (5.5 percent), Oregon (5.3), Puerto Rico (5.1), Idaho (4.9), Nevada (4.8), Pennsylvania (4.8), Alaska (4.7), Wisconsin (4.5), California (4.2), New Jersey (4.2), Rhode Island (4.2), and South Carolina (4.2).

The largest increases in initial claims for the week ending Dec. 20 were in California (+20,866), Kentucky (+13,337), Michigan (+8,160), Missouri (+7,091), and Indiana (+6,795), while the largest decreases were in Massachusetts (-4,016), Georgia (-3,525), New Jersey (-1,866), Tennessee (-1,649), and Illinois (-1,194).


UNEMPLOYMENT INSURANCE DATA FOR REGULAR STATE PROGRAMS


 

Advance

 

 

 

Prior1

WEEK ENDING

Dec. 27

Dec. 20

Change

Dec. 13

Year


Initial Claims (SA)

492,000

586,000

-94,000

556,000

339,000

Initial Claims (NSA)

718,468

716,576

+1,892

629,867

507,908

4-Wk Moving Average (SA)

552,250

558,000

-5,750

544,250

344,500

 

Advance

 

 

 

Prior1

WEEK ENDING

Dec. 20

Dec. 13

Change

Dec. 6

Year


Ins. Unemployment (SA)

4,506,000

4,366,000

+140,000

4,387,000

2,736,000

Ins. Unemployment (NSA)

4,568,685

4,588,386

-19,701

4,378,273

2,812,156

4-Wk Moving Average (SA)

4,422,500

4,318,750

+103,750

4,226,750

2,682,000


Ins. Unemployment Rate (SA)2

3.4%

3.3%

+0.1

3.3%

2.1%

Ins. Unemployment Rate (NSA)2

3.4%

3.4%

0.0

3.3%

2.1%


INITIAL CLAIMS FILED IN FEDERAL PROGRAMS (UNADJUSTED)


 

 

 

 

Prior1

WEEK ENDING

Dec. 20

Dec. 13

Change

Year


Federal Employees

1,610

2,199

-589

1,780

Newly Discharged Veterans

1,974

2,056

-82

1,503


PERSONS CLAIMING UI BENEFITS IN FEDERAL PROGRAMS (UNADJUSTED)


 

 

 

 

Prior1

WEEK ENDING

Dec. 13

Dec. 6

Change

Year


Federal Employees

18,787

18,460

+327

16,817

Newly Discharged Veterans

25,547

24,744

+803

24,113

Railroad Retirement Board

4,000

4,000

0

3,000

Extended Benefits

1,690

3,361

-1,671

0

EUC 2008

1,561,311

1,476,370

+84,941

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 12/20/2008 


STATES WITH A DECREASE OF MORE THAN 1,000 


State

Change

 

State Supplied Comment

MA

-4,016

 

No comment.

GA

-3,525

 

Fewer layoffs in the manufacturing industry.

NJ

-1,866

 

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

TN

-1,649

 

Fewer layoffs in the service and manufacturing industries.

IL

-1,194

 

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

CT

-1,171

 

No comment.

SC

-1,139

 

No comment.

ME

-1,002

 

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


STATES WITH AN INCREASE OF MORE THAN 1,000 


State

Change

 

State Supplied Comment

MN

+1,011

 

No comment.

MT

+1,283

 

No comment.

FL

+2,057

 

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

LA

+2,145

 

Layoffs in the manufacturing industry.

AL

+2,842

 

Layoffs in the manufacturing industry.

TX

+2,939

 

Layoffs in the construction, transportation, and manufacturing industries.

AR

+3,153

 

No comment.

KS

+3,423

 

No comment.

IA

+3,704

 

Layoffs in the construction, service, and manufacturing industries.

VA

+4,012

 

No comment.

OH

+4,323

 

Layoffs in the automobile industry.

WA

+5,208

 

Layoffs in the construction and manufacturing industries, and agriculture.

OR

+5,566

 

Layoffs in the trade, service, and manufacturing industries.

IN

+6,795

 

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

MO

+7,091

 

Layoffs in the construction, service, and manufacturing industries.

MI

+8,160

 

Layoffs in the automobile industry.

KY

+13,337

 

Layoffs in the automobile and manufacturing industries.

CA

+20,866

 

Layoffs in the trade nd service industries.

State Detail Prior Week
UI Claims Series 1967 to current