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EMPLOYMENT AND TRAINING ADMINISTRATION

USDL 09-1410-NAT

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November 19, 2009

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UNEMPLOYMENT INSURANCE WEEKLY CLAIMS REPORT

          SEASONALLY ADJUSTED DATA

In the week ending Nov. 14, the advance figure for seasonally adjusted initial claims was 505,000, unchanged from the previous week's revised figure of 505,000. The 4-week moving average was 514,000, a decrease of 6,500 from the previous week's revised average of 520,500.

The advance seasonally adjusted insured unemployment rate was 4.3 percent for the week ending Nov. 7, unchanged from the prior week's unrevised rate of 4.3 percent.

The advance number for seasonally adjusted insured unemployment during the week ending Nov. 7 was 5,611,000, a decrease of 39,000 from the preceding week's revised level of 5,650,000. The 4-week moving average was 5,711,500, a decrease of 83,500 from the preceding week's revised average of 5,795,000.

The fiscal year-to-date average for seasonally adjusted insured unemployment for all programs is 5.992 million.  

UNADJUSTED DATA

The advance number of actual initial claims under state programs, unadjusted, totaled 479,295 in the week ending Nov. 14, a decrease of 53,132 from the previous week. There were 513,000 initial claims in the comparable week in 2008.

The advance unadjusted insured unemployment rate was 3.7 percent during the week ending Nov. 7, a decrease of 0.1 percentage point from the prior week. The advance unadjusted number for persons claiming UI benefits in state programs totaled 4,881,874, a decrease of 79,243 from the preceding week. A year earlier, the rate was 2.6 percent and the volume was 3,521,971.

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. 31.

Initial claims for UI benefits by former Federal civilian employees totaled 2,331 in the week ending Nov. 7, a decrease of 62 from the prior week. There were 2,480 initial claims by newly discharged veterans, an increase of 199 from the preceding week.

There were 24,799 former Federal civilian employees claiming UI benefits for the week ending Oct. 31, an increase of 2,273 from the previous week. Newly discharged veterans claiming benefits totaled 34,919, an increase of 699 from the prior week.

States reported 3,622,091 persons claiming EUC (Emergency Unemployment Compensation) benefits for the week ending Oct. 31, an increase of 101,838 from the prior week. There were 772,645 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. 31 were in Puerto Rico (6.1 percent), Oregon (5.5), Nevada (5.2), Alaska (5.0), California (5.0), Arkansas (4.9), Wisconsin (4.9), Michigan (4.8), Pennsylvania (4.8), and Washington (4.7).

The largest increases in initial claims for the week ending Nov. 7 were in Michigan (+6,001), New Jersey (+4,153), Pennsylvania (+3,552), New York (+3,508), and Ohio (+3,292), while the largest decreases were in Florida (-1,915), Arkansas (-734), Oregon (-274), South Carolina (-116), and West Virginia (-19).


UNEMPLOYMENT INSURANCE DATA FOR REGULAR STATE PROGRAMS


 

Advance

 

 

 

Prior1

WEEK ENDING

Nov. 14

Nov. 7

Change

Oct. 31

Year


Initial Claims (SA)

505,000

505,000

0

514,000

533,000

Initial Claims (NSA)

479,295

532,427

-53,132

482,419

513,000

4-Wk Moving Average (SA)

514,000

520,500

-6,500

524,250

503,750

 

Advance

 

 

 

Prior1

WEEK ENDING

Nov. 7

Oct. 31

Change

Oct. 24

Year


Ins. Unemployment (SA)

5,611,000

5,650,000

-39,000

5,768,000

4,021,000

Ins. Unemployment (NSA)

4,881,874

4,961,117

-79,243

4,932,037

3,521,971

4-Wk Moving Average (SA)

5,711,500

5,795,000

-83,500

5,891,000

3,896,500


Ins. Unemployment Rate (SA)2

4.3%

4.3%

0.0

4.4%

3.0%

Ins. Unemployment Rate (NSA)2

3.7%

3.8%

-0.1

3.7%

2.6%


INITIAL CLAIMS FILED IN FEDERAL PROGRAMS (UNADJUSTED)


 

 

 

 

Prior1

WEEK ENDING

Nov. 7

Oct. 31

Change

Year


Federal Employees

2,331

2,393

-62

1,498

Newly Discharged Veterans

2,480

2,281

+199

1,776


PERSONS CLAIMING UI BENEFITS IN FEDERAL PROGRAMS (UNADJUSTED)


 

 

 

 

Prior1

WEEK ENDING

Oct. 31

Oct. 24

Change

Year


Federal Employees

24,799

22,526

+2,273

14,289

Newly Discharged Veterans

34,919

34,220

+699

23,646

Railroad Retirement Board

10,000

10,000

0

3,000

Extended Benefits

540,665

523,495

+17,170

17,895

EUC 20083

3,622,091

3,520,253

+101,838

772,645


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 11/07/2009 


STATES WITH A DECREASE OF MORE THAN 1,000 


State

Change

 

State Supplied Comment

FL

-1,915

 

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


STATES WITH AN INCREASE OF MORE THAN 1,000 


State

Change

 

State Supplied Comment

NV

+1,049

 

No comment.

CA

+1,246

 

Layoffs in the service industry.

MA

+1,387

 

Layoffs in the construction, trade, and service industries.

IL

+1,401

 

Layoffs in the construction, trade, and manufacturing industries.

MO

+1,486

 

Layoffs in the construction and service industries.

KY

+1,520

 

Layoffs in the manufacturing industry.

NC

+1,625

 

Layoffs in the construction, service, paper, rubber/plastics, communications, and transportation equipment industries.

TX

+1,759

 

Layoffs in the trade, service, and manufacturing industries.

VA

+1,884

 

No comment.

TN

+1,923

 

Layoffs in the trade, service, and manufacturing industries.

GA

+2,133

 

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

MN

+2,149

 

No comment.

WA

+2,951

 

Layoffs in the construction, service, and manufacturing industries.

OH

+3,292

 

Layoffs in the automobile and manufacturing industries.

NY

+3,508

 

Layoffs in the construction, service, and manufacturing industries.

PA

+3,552

 

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

NJ

+4,153

 

Layoffs in the construction and service industries.

MI

+6,001

 

Layoffs in the automobile, construction, and service industries.

State Detail Prior Week
UI Claims Series 1967 to current


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