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EMPLOYMENT AND TRAINING ADMINISTRATION

USDL 09-1018-NAT

   
   

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August 27, 2009

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UNEMPLOYMENT INSURANCE WEEKLY CLAIMS REPORT

          SEASONALLY ADJUSTED DATA

In the week ending Aug. 22, the advance figure for seasonally adjusted initial claims was 570,000, a decrease of 10,000 from the previous week's revised figure of 580,000. The 4-week moving average was 566,250, a decrease of 4,750 from the previous week's revised average of 571,000.

The advance seasonally adjusted insured unemployment rate was 4.6 percent for the week ending Aug. 15, a decrease of 0.1 percentage point from the prior week's unrevised rate of 4.7 percent.

The advance number for seasonally adjusted insured unemployment during the week ending Aug. 15 was 6,133,000, a decrease of 119,000 from the preceding week's revised level of 6,252,000. The 4-week moving average was 6,241,750, a decrease of 27,000 from the preceding week's revised average of 6,268,750.  

The fiscal year-to-date average for seasonally adjusted insured unemployment for all programs is 5.583 million.

UNADJUSTED DATA

The advance number of actual initial claims under state programs, unadjusted, totaled 453,936 in the week ending Aug. 22, a decrease of 4,049 from the previous week. There were 345,127 initial claims in the comparable week in 2008.

The advance unadjusted insured unemployment rate was 4.3 percent during the week ending Aug. 15, a decrease of 0.1 percentage point from the prior week. The advance unadjusted number for persons claiming UI benefits in state programs totaled 5,673,467, a decrease of 135,105 from the preceding week. A year earlier, the rate was 2.4 percent and the volume was 3,175,006.

Extended benefits were available in Alabama, Alaska, Arizona, Arkansas, California, Colorado, Connecticut, Delaware, the District of Columbia, Florida, Georgia, Idaho, Illinois, Indiana, Kansas, Kentucky, Maine, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Nevada, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, North Carolina, Ohio, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Puerto Rico, Rhode Island, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, Vermont, Virginia, Washington, West Virginia, and Wisconsin during the week ending Aug. 8.

Initial claims for UI benefits by former Federal civilian employees totaled 1,377 in the week ending Aug. 15, a decrease of 262 from the prior week. There were 2,054 initial claims by newly discharged veterans, a decrease of 198 from the preceding week.

There were 19,783 former Federal civilian employees claiming UI benefits for the week ending Aug. 8, a decrease of 794 from the previous week. Newly discharged veterans claiming benefits totaled 30,541, an increase of 216 from the prior week.

States reported 2,916,148 persons claiming EUC (Emergency Unemployment Compensation) benefits for the week ending Aug. 8, an increase of 38,392 from the prior week. There were 1,081,755 claimants in the comparable week in 2008. EUC weekly claims include both first and second tier activity.

The highest insured unemployment rates in the week ending Aug. 8 were in Puerto Rico (7.3 percent), Oregon (6.1), Pennsylvania (6.0), Michigan (5.9), Nevada (5.8), Wisconsin (5.5), California (5.4), Connecticut (5.4), New Jersey (5.2), North Carolina (5.0), and South Carolina (5.0).

The largest increases in initial claims for the week ending Aug. 15 were in Michigan (+4,068), Pennsylvania (+1,193), Florida (+1,148), Puerto Rico (+735), and Missouri (+649), while the largest decreases were in California (-6,286), Tennessee (-2,999), Texas (-2,557), Wisconsin (-2,075), and Ohio (-1,918).


UNEMPLOYMENT INSURANCE DATA FOR REGULAR STATE PROGRAMS


 

Advance

 

 

 

Prior1

WEEK ENDING

Aug. 22

Aug. 15

Change

Aug. 8

Year


Initial Claims (SA)

570,000

580,000

-10,000

561,000

433,000

Initial Claims (NSA)

453,936

457,985

-4,049

482,590

345,127

4-Wk Moving Average (SA)

566,250

571,000

-4,750

565,750

440,250

 

Advance

 

 

 

Prior1

WEEK ENDING

Aug. 15

Aug. 8

Change

Aug. 1

Year


Ins. Unemployment (SA)

6,133,000

6,252,000

-119,000

6,239,000

3,451,000

Ins. Unemployment (NSA)

5,673,467

5,808,572

-135,105

5,896,062

3,175,006

4-Wk Moving Average (SA)

6,241,750

6,268,750

-27,000

6,268,500

3,399,250


Ins. Unemployment Rate (SA)2

4.6%

4.7%

-0.1

4.7%

2.6%

Ins. Unemployment Rate (NSA)2

4.3%

4.4%

-0.1

4.4%

2.4%


INITIAL CLAIMS FILED IN FEDERAL PROGRAMS (UNADJUSTED)


 

 

 

 

Prior1

WEEK ENDING

Aug. 15

Aug. 8

Change

Year


Federal Employees

1,377

1,639

-262

1,065

Newly Discharged Veterans

2,054

2,252

-198

1,702


PERSONS CLAIMING UI BENEFITS IN FEDERAL PROGRAMS (UNADJUSTED)


 

 

 

 

Prior1

WEEK ENDING

Aug. 8

Aug. 1

Change

Year


Federal Employees

19,783

20,577

-794

13,524

Newly Discharged Veterans

30,541

30,325

+216

21,363

Railroad Retirement Board

10,000

10,000

0

3,000

Extended Benefits

464,894

400,759

+64,135

1,671

EUC 20083

2,916,148

2,877,756

+38,392

1,081,755


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 133,078,480 as denominator.
3 - EUC weekly claims include both first and second tier activity.

UNADJUSTED INITIAL CLAIMS FOR WEEK ENDED 08/15/2009 


STATES WITH A DECREASE OF MORE THAN 1,000 


State

Change

 

State Supplied Comment

CA

-6,286

 

Fewer layoffs in the service industry.

TN

-2,999

 

Fewer layoffs in the trade, service, transportation equipment, fabricated metals, and industrial machinery industries.

TX

-2,557

 

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

WI

-2,075

 

Fewer layoffs in the trade and manufacturing industries.

OH

-1,918

 

Fewer layoffs in the automobile industry.

NC

-1,734

 

Fewer layoffs in the construction, transportation equipment, textile, and rubber/plastics industries.

GA

-1,571

 

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

SC

-1,307

 

Fewer layoffs in the industrial machinery and transportation equipment industries.

KY

-1,228

 

Fewer layoffs in the automobile and manufacturing industries.

MA

-1,214

 

Fewer layoffs in the manufacturing industry.

WA

-1,201

 

No comment.

IL

-1,196

 

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

NY

-1,015

 

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


STATES WITH AN INCREASE OF MORE THAN 1,000 


State

Change

 

State Supplied Comment

FL

+1,148

 

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

PA

+1,193

 

Layoffs in the furniture, primary metals, trade, and service industries.

MI

+4,068

 

Layoffs in the automobile industry.

State Detail Prior Week
UI Claims Series 1967 to current


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