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EMPLOYMENT AND TRAINING ADMINISTRATION

USDL 09-135-NAT

 

 

 

 

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February 12, 2009

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UNEMPLOYMENT INSURANCE WEEKLY CLAIMS REPORT

          SEASONALLY ADJUSTED DATA

In the week ending Feb. 7, the advance figure for seasonally adjusted initial claims was 623,000, a decrease of 8,000 from the previous week's revised figure of 631,000. The 4-week moving average was 607,500, an increase of 24,000 from the previous week's revised average of 583,500.

The advance seasonally adjusted insured unemployment rate was 3.6 percent for the week ending Jan. 31, unchanged from the prior week's unrevised rate of 3.6 percent.

The advance number for seasonally adjusted insured unemployment during the week ending Jan. 31 was 4,810,000, an increase of 11,000 from the preceding week's revised level of 4,799,000. The 4-week moving average was 4,745,250, an increase of 73,750 from the preceding week's revised average of 4,671,500.  

UNADJUSTED DATA

The advance number of actual initial claims under state programs, unadjusted, totaled 706,267 in the week ending Feb. 7, an increase of 24,091 from the previous week. There were 377,457 initial claims in the comparable week in 2008.

The advance unadjusted insured unemployment rate was 4.4 percent during the week ending Jan. 31, an increase of 0.1 percentage point from the prior week. The advance unadjusted number for persons claiming UI benefits in state programs totaled 5,940,432, an increase of 133,551 from the preceding week. A year earlier, the rate was 2.5 percent and the volume was 3,328,590.

Extended benefits were available in North Carolina, Oregon, and Rhode Island during the week ending Jan. 24.

Initial claims for UI benefits by former Federal civilian employees totaled 1,629 in the week ending Jan. 31, an increase of 43 from the prior week. There were 2,048 initial claims by newly discharged veterans, a decrease of 663 from the preceding week.

There were 20,211 former Federal civilian employees claiming UI benefits for the week ending Jan. 24, a decrease of 685 from the previous week. Newly discharged veterans claiming benefits totaled 27,936, an increase of 1,176 from the prior week.

States reported 1,488,236 persons claiming EUC (Emergency Unemployment Compensation) benefits for the week ending Jan. 24, a decrease of 249,926 from the prior week.

The highest insured unemployment rates in the week ending Jan. 24 were in Michigan (7.4 percent), Oregon (6.9), Idaho (6.8), Wisconsin (6.1), Pennsylvania (5.9), Nevada (5.7), Montana (5.6), Indiana (5.5), Alaska (5.4), New Jersey (5.4), and Rhode Island (5.4).

The largest increases in initial claims for the week ending Jan. 31 were in California (+20,001), North Carolina (+8,663), Ohio (+4,738), Georgia (+4,392), and Kansas (+3,232), while the largest decreases were in Virginia (-1,937), New Jersey (-1,551), Missouri (-1,370), Oklahoma (-1,199), and Connecticut (-1,000).


UNEMPLOYMENT INSURANCE DATA FOR REGULAR STATE PROGRAMS


 

Advance

 

 

 

Prior1

WEEK ENDING

Feb. 7

Jan. 31

Change

Jan. 24

Year


Initial Claims (SA)

623,000

631,000

-8,000

591,000

339,000

Initial Claims (NSA)

706,267

682,176

+24,091

620,143

377,457

4-Wk Moving Average (SA)

607,500

583,500

+24,000

543,250

345,000

 

Advance

 

 

 

Prior1

WEEK ENDING

Jan. 31

Jan. 24

Change

Jan. 17

Year


Ins. Unemployment (SA)

4,810,000

4,799,000

+11,000

4,755,000

2,695,000

Ins. Unemployment (NSA)

5,940,432

5,806,881

+133,551

5,715,432

3,328,590

4-Wk Moving Average (SA)

4,745,250

4,671,500

+73,750

4,624,750

2,713,250


Ins. Unemployment Rate (SA)2

3.6%

3.6%

0.0

3.6%

2.0%

Ins. Unemployment Rate (NSA)2

4.4%

4.3%

+0.1

4.3%

2.5%


INITIAL CLAIMS FILED IN FEDERAL PROGRAMS (UNADJUSTED)


 

 

 

 

Prior1

WEEK ENDING

Jan. 31

Jan. 24

Change

Year


Federal Employees

1,629

1,586

+43

1,057

Newly Discharged Veterans

2,048

2,711

-663

4,581


PERSONS CLAIMING UI BENEFITS IN FEDERAL PROGRAMS (UNADJUSTED)


 

 

 

 

Prior1

WEEK ENDING

Jan. 24

Jan. 17

Change

Year


Federal Employees

20,211

20,896

-685

17,703

Newly Discharged Veterans

27,936

26,760

+1,176

23,970

Railroad Retirement Board

8,000

8,000

0

4,000

Extended Benefits

17,296

14,058

+3,238

0

EUC 2008

1,488,236

1,738,162

-249,926

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 01/31/2009 


STATES WITH A DECREASE OF MORE THAN 1,000 


State

Change

 

State Supplied Comment

VA

-1,937

 

Fewer layoffs in the manufacturing industry.

NJ

-1,551

 

Fewer layoffs in the real estate industry.

MO

-1,370

 

Fewer layoffs in the construction and manufacturing industries.

OK

-1,199

 

No comment.

CT

-1,000

 

No comment.


STATES WITH AN INCREASE OF MORE THAN 1,000 


State

Change

 

State Supplied Comment

CO

+1,181

 

No comment.

MI

+1,227

 

No comment.

AZ

+1,256

 

No comment.

TX

+1,463

 

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

MD

+1,484

 

No comment.

WI

+1,491

 

Layoffs in the construction, trade, and manufacturing industries.

SC

+2,087

 

Layoffs in the manufacturing industry.

TN

+2,251

 

Layoffs in the trade, service, and manufacturing industries.

OR

+2,708

 

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

IA

+2,786

 

Layoffs in the manufacturing industry.

FL

+2,879

 

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

WA

+3,130

 

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

KS

+3,232

 

No comment.

GA

+4,392

 

Layoffs in the manufacturing industry.

OH

+4,738

 

Layoffs in the manufacturing industry.

NC

+8,663

 

Layoffs in the textile, transportation equipment, industrial machinery, construction, and service industries.

CA

+20,001

 

Layoffs in the construction and service industries.

State Detail Prior Week
UI Claims Series 1967 to current