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EMPLOYMENT AND TRAINING ADMINISTRATION

USDL 09-1367-NAT

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November 12, 2009

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UNEMPLOYMENT INSURANCE WEEKLY CLAIMS REPORT

          SEASONALLY ADJUSTED DATA

In the week ending Nov. 7, the advance figure for seasonally adjusted initial claims was 502,000, a decrease of 12,000 from the previous week's revised figure of 514,000. The 4-week moving average was 519,750, a decrease of 4,500 from the previous week's revised average of 524,250.

The advance seasonally adjusted insured unemployment rate was 4.3 percent for the week ending Oct. 31, 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. 31 was 5,631,000, a decrease of 139,000 from the preceding week's revised level of 5,770,000. The 4-week moving average was 5,790,750, a decrease of 100,750 from the preceding week's revised average of 5,891,500.  

UNADJUSTED DATA

The advance number of actual initial claims under state programs, unadjusted, totaled 529,446 in the week ending Nov. 7, an increase of 46,904 from the previous week. There were 539,787 initial claims in the comparable week in 2008.

The advance unadjusted insured unemployment rate was 3.8 percent during the week ending Oct. 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 4,944,307, an increase of 10,863 from the preceding week. A year earlier, the rate was 2.6 percent and the volume was 3,460,633.

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. 24.

Initial claims for UI benefits by former Federal civilian employees totaled 2,378 in the week ending Oct. 31, an increase of 309 from the prior week. There were 2,255 initial claims by newly discharged veterans, a decrease of 252 from the preceding week.

There were 22,478 former Federal civilian employees claiming UI benefits for the week ending Oct. 24, an increase of 818 from the previous week. Newly discharged veterans claiming benefits totaled 34,254, an increase of 354 from the prior week.

States reported 3,520,151 persons claiming EUC (Emergency Unemployment Compensation) benefits for the week ending Oct. 24, an increase of 22,390 from the prior week. There were 820,503 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. 24 were in Puerto Rico (6.4 percent), Oregon (5.4), Nevada (5.2), Pennsylvania (4.9), Alaska (4.8), Arkansas (4.8), California (4.8), Wisconsin (4.8), North Carolina (4.6), Michigan (4.5), and South Carolina (4.5).

The largest increases in initial claims for the week ending Oct. 31 were in Wisconsin (+1,501), Illinois (+1,390), Michigan (+1,135), Puerto Rico (+1,101), and Texas (+965), while the largest decreases were in California (-6,752), Florida (-3,409), Georgia (-2,686), New York (-2,067), and North Carolina
(-1,872).


UNEMPLOYMENT INSURANCE DATA FOR REGULAR STATE PROGRAMS


 

Advance

 

 

 

Prior1

WEEK ENDING

Nov. 7

Oct. 31

Change

Oct. 24

Year


Initial Claims (SA)

502,000

514,000

-12,000

532,000

509,000

Initial Claims (NSA)

529,446

482,542

+46,904

494,394

539,787

4-Wk Moving Average (SA)

519,750

524,250

-4,500

526,750

490,250

 

Advance

 

 

 

Prior1

WEEK ENDING

Oct. 31

Oct. 24

Change

Oct. 17

Year


Ins. Unemployment (SA)

5,631,000

5,770,000

-139,000

5,817,000

3,933,000

Ins. Unemployment (NSA)

4,944,307

4,933,444

+10,863

4,984,950

3,460,633

4-Wk Moving Average (SA)

5,790,750

5,891,500

-100,750

5,965,750

3,830,750


Ins. Unemployment Rate (SA)2

4.3%

4.4%

-0.1

4.4%

2.9%

Ins. Unemployment Rate (NSA)2

3.8%

3.7%

+0.1

3.8%

2.6%


INITIAL CLAIMS FILED IN FEDERAL PROGRAMS (UNADJUSTED)


 

 

 

 

Prior1

WEEK ENDING

Oct. 31

Oct. 24

Change

Year


Federal Employees

2,378

2,069

+309

1,459

Newly Discharged Veterans

2,255

2,507

-252

1,608


PERSONS CLAIMING UI BENEFITS IN FEDERAL PROGRAMS (UNADJUSTED)


 

 

 

 

Prior1

WEEK ENDING

Oct. 24

Oct. 17

Change

Year


Federal Employees

22,478

21,660

+818

14,519

Newly Discharged Veterans

34,254

33,900

+354

23,443

Railroad Retirement Board

11,000

11,000

0

3,000

Extended Benefits

523,061

551,304

-28,243

16,367

EUC 20083

3,520,151

3,497,761

+22,390

820,503


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 10/31/2009 


STATES WITH A DECREASE OF MORE THAN 1,000 


State

Change

 

State Supplied Comment

CA

-6,752

 

Fewer layoffs in the construction and service industries.

FL

-3,409

 

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

GA

-2,686

 

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

NY

-2,067

 

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

NC

-1,872

 

Fewer layoffs in the construction industry.

SC

-1,252

 

Fewer layoffs in the manufacturing industry.

KS

-1,080

 

No comment.


STATES WITH AN INCREASE OF MORE THAN 1,000 


State

Change

 

State Supplied Comment

PR

+1,101

 

No comment.

MI

+1,135

 

No comment.

IL

+1,390

 

Layoffs in the trade, service, and manufacturing industries.

WI

+1,501

 

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

State Detail Prior Week
UI Claims Series 1967 to current


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