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EMPLOYMENT AND TRAINING ADMINISTRATION

USDL 09-1337-NAT

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November 5, 2009

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UNEMPLOYMENT INSURANCE WEEKLY CLAIMS REPORT

          SEASONALLY ADJUSTED DATA

In the week ending Oct. 31, the advance figure for seasonally adjusted initial claims was 512,000, a decrease of 20,000 from the previous week's revised figure of 532,000. The 4-week moving average was 523,750, a decrease of 3,000 from the previous week's revised average of 526,750.

The advance seasonally adjusted insured unemployment rate was 4.4 percent for the week ending Oct. 24, unchanged from the prior week's unrevised rate of 4.4 percent.

The advance number for seasonally adjusted insured unemployment during the week ending Oct. 24 was 5,749,000, a decrease of 68,000 from the preceding week's revised level of 5,817,000. The 4-week moving average was 5,886,250, a decrease of 79,500 from the preceding week's revised average of 5,965,750.  

UNADJUSTED DATA

The advance number of actual initial claims under state programs, unadjusted, totaled 480,178 in the week ending Oct. 31, a decrease of 14,216 from the previous week. There were 466,341 initial claims in the comparable week in 2008.

The advance unadjusted insured unemployment rate was 3.7 percent during the week ending Oct. 24, a decrease of 0.1 percentage point from the prior week. The advance unadjusted number for persons claiming UI benefits in state programs totaled 4,915,719, a decrease of 69,231 from the preceding week. A year earlier, the rate was 2.5 percent and the volume was 3,310,892.

Extended benefits were available in Alabama, Alaska, Arizona, 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 Mexico, 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 Oct. 17.

Initial claims for UI benefits by former Federal civilian employees totaled 2,069 in the week ending Oct. 24, an increase of 174 from the prior week. There were 2,507 initial claims by newly discharged veterans, an increase of 90 from the preceding week.

There were 21,660 former Federal civilian employees claiming UI benefits for the week ending Oct. 17, an increase of 443 from the previous week. Newly discharged veterans claiming benefits totaled 33,900, an increase of 819 from the prior week.

States reported 3,459,148 persons claiming EUC (Emergency Unemployment Compensation) benefits for the week ending Oct. 17, an increase of 90,239 from the prior week. There were 836,629 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 Oct. 17 were in Puerto Rico (6.4 percent), Nevada (5.4), Oregon (5.4), California (4.9), Pennsylvania (4.9), Arkansas (4.8), Wisconsin (4.8), Michigan (4.7), Alaska (4.6), North Carolina (4.6), and South Carolina (4.6).

The largest increases in initial claims for the week ending Oct. 24 were in California (+14,394), North Carolina (+3,190), Oregon (+3,131), Georgia (+2,549), and New York (+2,287), while the largest decreases were in Indiana (-2,346), Puerto Rico (-1,479), Iowa (-969), Nevada (-605), and Florida
(-544).


UNEMPLOYMENT INSURANCE DATA FOR REGULAR STATE PROGRAMS


 

Advance

 

 

 

Prior1

WEEK ENDING

Oct. 31

Oct. 24

Change

Oct. 17

Year


Initial Claims (SA)

512,000

532,000

-20,000

531,000

488,000

Initial Claims (NSA)

480,178

494,394

-14,216

460,430

466,341

4-Wk Moving Average (SA)

523,750

526,750

-3,000

532,250

480,250

 

Advance

 

 

 

Prior1

WEEK ENDING

Oct. 24

Oct. 17

Change

Oct. 10

Year


Ins. Unemployment (SA)

5,749,000

5,817,000

-68,000

5,945,000

3,859,000

Ins. Unemployment (NSA)

4,915,719

4,984,950

-69,231

4,916,574

3,310,892

4-Wk Moving Average (SA)

5,886,250

5,965,750

-79,500

6,039,500

3,785,750


Ins. Unemployment Rate (SA)2

4.4%

4.4%

0.0

4.5%

2.9%

Ins. Unemployment Rate (NSA)2

3.7%

3.8%

-0.1

3.7%

2.5%


INITIAL CLAIMS FILED IN FEDERAL PROGRAMS (UNADJUSTED)


 

 

 

 

Prior1

WEEK ENDING

Oct. 24

Oct. 17

Change

Year


Federal Employees

2,069

1,895

+174

1,367

Newly Discharged Veterans

2,507

2,417

+90

1,762


PERSONS CLAIMING UI BENEFITS IN FEDERAL PROGRAMS (UNADJUSTED)


 

 

 

 

Prior1

WEEK ENDING

Oct. 17

Oct. 10

Change

Year


Federal Employees

21,660

21,217

+443

14,427

Newly Discharged Veterans

33,900

33,081

+819

23,057

Railroad Retirement Board

10,000

10,000

0

3,000

Extended Benefits

551,304

526,704

+24,600

14,084

EUC 20083

3,459,148

3,368,909

+90,239

836,629


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 131,823,421 as denominator.
3 - EUC weekly claims include both first and second tier activity.

UNADJUSTED INITIAL CLAIMS FOR WEEK ENDED 10/24/2009 


STATES WITH A DECREASE OF MORE THAN 1,000 


State

Change

 

State Supplied Comment

IN

-2,346

 

No comment.

PR

-1,479

 

No comment.


STATES WITH AN INCREASE OF MORE THAN 1,000 


State

Change

 

State Supplied Comment

MD

+1,005

 

No comment.

TN

+1,048

 

Layoffs in the service and manufacturing industries.

MI

+1,161

 

No comment.

WA

+1,190

 

Layoffs in the construction industry, and agriculture.

NJ

+1,340

 

Layoffs in the construction, trade, service, transportation, and warehousing industries.

PA

+2,051

 

Layoffs in the service and manufacturing industries.

SC

+2,084

 

Layoffs in the manufacturing industry.

NY

+2,287

 

Layoffs in the construction, service, and manufacturing industries.

GA

+2,549

 

Layoffs in the construction, trade, and manufacturing industries.

OR

+3,131

 

No comment.

NC

+3,190

 

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

CA

+14,394

 

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

State Detail Prior Week
UI Claims Series 1967 to current


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