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EMPLOYMENT AND TRAINING ADMINISTRATION

USDL 09-20-NAT

 

 

 

 

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January 15, 2009

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UNEMPLOYMENT INSURANCE WEEKLY CLAIMS REPORT

          SEASONALLY ADJUSTED DATA

In the week ending Jan. 10, the advance figure for seasonally adjusted initial claims was 524,000, an increase of 54,000 from the previous week's revised figure of 470,000. The 4-week moving average was 518,500, a decrease of 8,000 from the previous week's revised average of 526,500.

The advance seasonally adjusted insured unemployment rate was 3.4 percent for the week ending Jan. 3, unchanged from the prior week's unrevised rate of 3.4 percent.

The advance number for seasonally adjusted insured unemployment during the week ending Jan. 3 was 4,497,000, a decrease of 115,000 from the preceding week's revised level of 4,612,000. The 4-week moving average was 4,497,750, an increase of 27,500 from the preceding week's revised average of 4,470,250.  

UNADJUSTED DATA

The advance number of actual initial claims under state programs, unadjusted, totaled 952,151 in the week ending Jan. 10, an increase of 220,205 from the previous week. There were 547,506 initial claims in the comparable week in 2008.

The advance unadjusted insured unemployment rate was 4.4 percent during the week ending Jan. 3, an increase of 0.4 percentage point from the prior week. The advance unadjusted number for persons claiming UI benefits in state programs totaled 5,832,746, an increase of 515,294 from the preceding week. A year earlier, the rate was 2.6 percent and the volume was 3,508,053.

Extended benefits were available in North Carolina, Oregon, and Rhode Island during the week ending Dec. 27.

Initial claims for UI benefits by former Federal civilian employees totaled 1,435 in the week ending Jan. 3, an increase of 15 from the prior week. There were 1,544 initial claims by newly discharged veterans, an increase of 428 from the preceding week.

There were 19,697 former Federal civilian employees claiming UI benefits for the week ending Dec. 27, an increase of 553 from the previous week. Newly discharged veterans claiming benefits totaled 25,890, an increase of 1,802 from the prior week.

States reported 1,653,523 persons claiming EUC (Emergency Unemployment Compensation) benefits for the week ending Dec. 27, a decrease of 268,974 from the prior week.

The highest insured unemployment rates in the week ending Dec. 27 were in Oregon (7.4 percent), Michigan (6.6), Idaho (6.3), Wisconsin (6.0), South Carolina (5.4), Arkansas (5.3), Nevada (5.2), Pennsylvania (5.2), Indiana (5.1), and Montana (5.1).

The largest increases in initial claims for the week ending Jan. 3 were in New York (+24,465), North Carolina (+19,749), Georgia (+18,308), South Carolina (+14,905), and Virginia (+7,362), while the largest decreases were in California (-14,796), Kansas (-13,313), Michigan (-11,956), Illinois (-9,727), and Ohio (-7,499).


UNEMPLOYMENT INSURANCE DATA FOR REGULAR STATE PROGRAMS


 

Advance

 

 

 

Prior1

WEEK ENDING

Jan. 10

Jan. 3

Change

Dec. 27

Year


Initial Claims (SA)

524,000

470,000

+54,000

491,000

315,000

Initial Claims (NSA)

952,151

731,946

+220,205

717,000

547,506

4-Wk Moving Average (SA)

518,500

526,500

-8,000

552,750

334,250

 

Advance

 

 

 

Prior1

WEEK ENDING

Jan. 3

Dec. 27

Change

Dec. 20

Year


Ins. Unemployment (SA)

4,497,000

4,612,000

-115,000

4,510,000

2,734,000

Ins. Unemployment (NSA)

5,832,746

5,317,452

+515,294

4,572,637

3,508,053

4-Wk Moving Average (SA)

4,497,750

4,470,250

+27,500

4,425,000

2,715,500


Ins. Unemployment Rate (SA)2

3.4%

3.4%

0.0

3.4%

2.1%

Ins. Unemployment Rate (NSA)2

4.4%

4.0%

+0.4

3.4%

2.6%


INITIAL CLAIMS FILED IN FEDERAL PROGRAMS (UNADJUSTED)


 

 

 

 

Prior1

WEEK ENDING

Jan. 3

Dec. 27

Change

Year


Federal Employees

1,435

1,420

+15

1,592

Newly Discharged Veterans

1,544

1,116

+428

1,350


PERSONS CLAIMING UI BENEFITS IN FEDERAL PROGRAMS (UNADJUSTED)


 

 

 

 

Prior1

WEEK ENDING

Dec. 27

Dec. 20

Change

Year


Federal Employees

19,697

19,144

+553

17,925

Newly Discharged Veterans

25,890

24,088

+1,802

23,671

Railroad Retirement Board

4,000

4,000

0

4,000

Extended Benefits

1,640

1,168

+472

0

EUC 2008

1,653,523

1,922,497

-268,974

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 133,886,830 as denominator.

UNADJUSTED INITIAL CLAIMS FOR WEEK ENDED 01/03/2009 


STATES WITH A DECREASE OF MORE THAN 1,000 


State

Change

 

State Supplied Comment

CA

-14,796

 

Fewer layoffs in the construction and service industries.

KS

-13,313

 

Fewer layoffs in the manufacturing industry.

MI

-11,956

 

Fewer layoffs in the manufacturing industry.

IL

-9,727

 

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

OH

-7,499

 

No comment.

WA

-7,448

 

No comment.

WI

-6,772

 

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

IN

-5,402

 

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

MA

-5,247

 

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

KY

-4,169

 

Fewer layoffs in the automobile, mining, and manufacturing industries.

OR

-2,426

 

No comment.

MD

-2,105

 

No comment.

ID

-1,823

 

No comment.

IA

-1,752

 

No comment.

PA

-1,465

 

Fewer layoffs in the food, fabricated metals, service, and transportation industries.

NV

-1,222

 

No comment.


STATES WITH AN INCREASE OF MORE THAN 1,000 


State

Change

 

State Supplied Comment

AZ

+1,126

 

No comment.

CT

+1,488

 

Layoffs in the transportation, service, and manufacturing industries.

NJ

+1,725

 

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

RI

+1,791

 

Layoffs in the transportation, service, and manufacturing industries.

AL

+4,274

 

Layoffs in the construction, apparel, and wood products industries.

TN

+6,372

 

Layoffs in the construction, transportation, and manufacturing industries.

TX

+7,185

 

Layoffs in the trade, service, and manufacturing industries.

VA

+7,362

 

No comment.

SC

+14,905

 

Layoffs in the industrial machinery and manufacturing industries.

State

Change

 

State Supplied Comment

GA

+18,308

 

Layoffs in the manufacturing industry.

NC

+19,749

 

Layoffs in the construction, service, textile, furniture, wood products, rubber/plastics, electronic equipment, and electrical equipment industries.

NY

+24,465

 

Layoffs in the construction, service, and transportation industries.

State Detail Prior Week
UI Claims Series 1967 to current