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EMPLOYMENT AND TRAINING ADMINISTRATION

USDL 09-84-NAT

 

 

 

 

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January 29, 2009

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UNEMPLOYMENT INSURANCE WEEKLY CLAIMS REPORT

          SEASONALLY ADJUSTED DATA

In the week ending Jan. 24, the advance figure for seasonally adjusted initial claims was 588,000, an increase of 3,000 from the previous week's revised figure of 585,000. The 4-week moving average was 542,500, an increase of 24,250 from the previous week's revised average of 518,250.

The advance seasonally adjusted insured unemployment rate was 3.6 percent for the week ending Jan. 17, an increase of 0.2 percentage point from the prior week's unrevised rate of 3.4 percent.

The advance number for seasonally adjusted insured unemployment during the week ending Jan. 17 was 4,776,000, an increase of 159,000 from the preceding week's revised level of 4,617,000. The 4-week moving average was 4,630,000, an increase of 66,500 from the preceding week's revised average of 4,563,500.  

UNADJUSTED DATA

The advance number of actual initial claims under state programs, unadjusted, totaled 617,289 in the week ending Jan. 24, a decrease of 146,776 from the previous week. There were 369,944 initial claims in the comparable week in 2008.

The advance unadjusted insured unemployment rate was 4.3 percent during the week ending Jan. 17, an increase of 0.1 percentage point from the prior week. The advance unadjusted number for persons claiming UI benefits in state programs totaled 5,740,996, an increase of 89,879 from the preceding week. A year earlier, the rate was 2.4 percent and the volume was 3,249,574.

Extended benefits were available in North Carolina, Oregon, and Rhode Island during the week ending Jan. 10.

Initial claims for UI benefits by former Federal civilian employees totaled 1,838 in the week ending Jan. 17, a decrease of 722 from the prior week. There were 2,221 initial claims by newly discharged veterans, a decrease of 101 from the preceding week.

There were 20,225 former Federal civilian employees claiming UI benefits for the week ending Jan. 10, a decrease of 1,098 from the previous week. Newly discharged veterans claiming benefits totaled 27,219, an increase of 193 from the prior week.

States reported 1,718,686 persons claiming EUC (Emergency Unemployment Compensation) benefits for the week ending Jan. 10, a decrease of 373,020 from the prior week.

The highest insured unemployment rates in the week ending Jan. 10 were in Michigan (7.3 percent), Oregon (6.7), Idaho (6.5), South Carolina (6.0), Pennsylvania (5.8), Wisconsin (5.7), Indiana (5.5), Nevada (5.3), Montana (5.2), Puerto Rico (5.2), and Rhode Island (5.2).

The largest increases in initial claims for the week ending Jan. 17 were in Florida (+6,500), California (+1,826), Puerto Rico (+1,308), Texas (+537), and Massachusetts (+86), while the largest decreases were in Michigan (-33,365), North Carolina (-25,516), Georgia (-12,635), New York (-12,432), and Pennsylvania (-10,077).


UNEMPLOYMENT INSURANCE DATA FOR REGULAR STATE PROGRAMS


 

Advance

 

 

 

Prior1

WEEK ENDING

Jan. 24

Jan. 17

Change

Jan. 10

Year


Initial Claims (SA)

588,000

585,000

+3,000

527,000

366,000

Initial Claims (NSA)

617,289

764,065

-146,776

956,791

369,944

4-Wk Moving Average (SA)

542,500

518,250

+24,250

519,250

333,750

 

Advance

 

 

 

Prior1

WEEK ENDING

Jan. 17

Jan. 10

Change

Jan. 3

Year


Ins. Unemployment (SA)

4,776,000

4,617,000

+159,000

4,515,000

2,703,000

Ins. Unemployment (NSA)

5,740,996

5,651,117

+89,879

5,855,855

3,249,574

4-Wk Moving Average (SA)

4,630,000

4,563,500

+66,500

4,502,250

2,702,250


Ins. Unemployment Rate (SA)2

3.6%

3.4%

+0.2

3.4%

2.0%

Ins. Unemployment Rate (NSA)2

4.3%

4.2%

+0.1

4.4%

2.4%


INITIAL CLAIMS FILED IN FEDERAL PROGRAMS (UNADJUSTED)


 

 

 

 

Prior1

WEEK ENDING

Jan. 17

Jan. 10

Change

Year


Federal Employees

1,838

2,560

-722

1,549

Newly Discharged Veterans

2,221

2,322

-101

1,742


PERSONS CLAIMING UI BENEFITS IN FEDERAL PROGRAMS (UNADJUSTED)


 

 

 

 

Prior1

WEEK ENDING

Jan. 10

Jan. 3

Change

Year


Federal Employees

20,225

21,323

-1,098

17,969

Newly Discharged Veterans

27,219

27,026

+193

24,423

Railroad Retirement Board

7,000

7,000

0

4,000

Extended Benefits

12,472

3,103

+9,369

1

EUC 2008

1,718,686

2,091,706

-373,020

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 01/17/2009 


STATES WITH A DECREASE OF MORE THAN 1,000 


State

Change

 

State Supplied Comment

MI

-33,365

 

Almost all industries posted decreases as seasonal shutdowns (primarily in the automobile industry) came to an end.

NC

-25,516

 

Fewer layoffs in the textile, furniture, primary metals, fabricated metals, rubber/plastics, electrical equipment, and electronic equipment industries.

GA

-12,635

 

Fewer layoffs in the textile and carpets /rugs industries.

NY

-12,432

 

Fewer layoffs in the service, transportation, finance, and insurance industries.

PA

-10,077

 

Fewer layoffs in the construction and service industries.

VA

-9,314

 

Fewer layoffs in the manufacturing industry.

TN

-8,238

 

Fewer layoffs in the transportation equipment, rubber/plastics, industrial machinery, and fabricated metals industries.

IN

-8,114

 

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

WI

-7,743

 

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

IL

-6,943

 

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

MO

-6,591

 

Fewer layoffs in the service and manufacturing industries.

OH

-6,477

 

Fewer layoffs in the manufacturing industry.

AL

-6,309

 

Fewer layoffs in the textile, furniture, and primary metals industries.

KY

-6,259

 

Fewer layoffs in the automobile and manufacturing industries.

MS

-4,596

 

No comment.

OR

-2,875

 

No comment.

MD

-2,323

 

No comment.

LA

-2,298

 

No comment.

KS

-2,168

 

Fewer layoffs in the construction and manufacturing industries.

ME

-2,159

 

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

IA

-2,155

 

Fewer layoffs in the construction and manufacturing industries.

MN

-2,091

 

No comment.

NJ

-1,956

 

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

WA

-1,952

 

No comment.

CT

-1,722

 

No comment.

AR

-1,570

 

Fewer layoffs in the transportation and manufacturing industries.

State

Change

 

State Supplied Comment

OK

-1,555

 

No comment.

RI

-1,554

 

Fewer layoffs in the service and manufacturing industries.

AK

-1,507

 

No comment.

SC

-1,486

 

Fewer layoffs in the industrial machinery, transportation equipment, and manufacturing industries.

AZ

-1,208

 

No comment.


STATES WITH AN INCREASE OF MORE THAN 1,000 


State

Change

 

State Supplied Comment

PR

+1,308

 

No comment.

CA

+1,826

 

Layoffs in the trade, service, and manufacturing industries.

FL

+6,500

 

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

State Detail Prior Week
UI Claims Series 1967 to current