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EMPLOYMENT AND TRAINING ADMINISTRATION

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January 21, 2010

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UNEMPLOYMENT INSURANCE WEEKLY CLAIMS REPORT

          SEASONALLY ADJUSTED DATA

In the week ending Jan. 16, the advance figure for seasonally adjusted initial claims was 482,000, an increase of 36,000 from the previous week's revised figure of 446,000. The 4-week moving average was 448,250, an increase of 7,000 from the previous week's revised average of 441,250.

The advance seasonally adjusted insured unemployment rate was 3.5 percent for the week ending Jan. 9, unchanged from the prior week's unrevised rate of 3.5 percent.

The advance number for seasonally adjusted insured unemployment during the week ending Jan. 9 was 4,599,000, a decrease of 18,000 from the preceding week's revised level of 4,617,000. The 4-week moving average was 4,750,500, a decrease of 109,750 from the preceding week's revised average of 4,860,250.

The fiscal year-to-date average for seasonally adjusted insured unemployment for all programs is 5.412 million.  

UNADJUSTED DATA

The advance number of actual initial claims under state programs, unadjusted, totaled 650,728 in the week ending Jan. 16, a decrease of 154,194 from the previous week. There were 763,987 initial claims in the comparable week in 2009.

The advance unadjusted insured unemployment rate was 4.4 percent during the week ending Jan. 9, a decrease of 0.2 percentage point from the prior week. The advance unadjusted number for persons claiming UI benefits in state programs totaled 5,716,608, a decrease of 299,837 from the preceding week. A year earlier, the rate was 4.2 percent and the volume was 5,651,117.

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 Jan. 2.

Initial claims for UI benefits by former Federal civilian employees totaled 2,459 in the week ending Jan. 9, an increase of 998 from the prior week. There were 2,497 initial claims by newly discharged veterans, an increase of 1,043 from the preceding week.

There were 27,768 former Federal civilian employees claiming UI benefits for the week ending Jan. 2, an increase of 1,856 from the previous week. Newly discharged veterans claiming benefits totaled 36,855, an increase of 838 from the prior week.

States reported 5,654,544 persons claiming EUC (Emergency Unemployment Compensation) benefits for the week ending Jan. 2, an increase of 652,364 from the prior week. There were 2,094,313 claimants in the comparable week in 2009. EUC weekly claims include first, second, third, and fourth tier activity.

The highest insured unemployment rates in the week ending Jan. 2 were in Oregon (7.3 percent), Wisconsin (7.2), Alaska (7.1), Pennsylvania (6.9), Idaho (6.8), Michigan (6.2), North Carolina (6.1), Montana (6.0), Puerto Rico (6.0), and Washington (6.0).

The largest increases in initial claims for the week ending Jan. 9 were in California (+16,160), Texas (+15,892), Florida (+12,939), Pennsylvania (+12,562), and Georgia (+10,822), while the largest decreases were in Oregon (-5,784), Iowa (-4,450), Kentucky (-3,467), Michigan (-1,242), and Massachusetts (-1,085).


UNEMPLOYMENT INSURANCE DATA FOR REGULAR STATE PROGRAMS


 

Advance

 

 

 

Prior1

WEEK ENDING

Jan. 16

Jan. 9

Change

Jan. 2

Year


Initial Claims (SA)

482,000

446,000

+36,000

433,000

575,000

Initial Claims (NSA)

650,728

804,922

-154,194

645,446

763,987

4-Wk Moving Average (SA)

448,250

441,250

+7,000

449,750

526,500

 

Advance

 

 

 

Prior1

WEEK ENDING

Jan. 9

Jan. 2

Change

Dec. 26

Year


Ins. Unemployment (SA)

4,599,000

4,617,000

-18,000

4,807,000

4,576,000

Ins. Unemployment (NSA)

5,716,608

6,016,445

-299,837

5,484,997

5,651,117

4-Wk Moving Average (SA)

4,750,500

4,860,250

-109,750

5,006,500

4,515,500


Ins. Unemployment Rate (SA)2

3.5%

3.5%

0.0

3.6%

3.4%

Ins. Unemployment Rate (NSA)2

4.4%

4.6%

-0.2

4.2%

4.2%


INITIAL CLAIMS FILED IN FEDERAL PROGRAMS (UNADJUSTED)


 

 

 

 

Prior1

WEEK ENDING

Jan. 9

Jan. 2

Change

Year


Federal Employees

2,459

1,461

+998

2,560

Newly Discharged Veterans

2,497

1,454

+1,043

2,322


PERSONS CLAIMING UI BENEFITS IN FEDERAL PROGRAMS (UNADJUSTED)


 

 

 

 

Prior1

WEEK ENDING

Jan. 2

Dec. 26

Change

Year


Federal Employees

27,768

25,912

+1,856

21,334

Newly Discharged Veterans

36,855

36,017

+838

27,040

Railroad Retirement Board

11,000

11,000

0

6,000

Extended Benefits

262,881

302,498

-39,617

3,103

EUC 20083

5,654,544

5,002,180

+652,364

2,094,313


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 130,128,328 as denominator.
3 - EUC weekly claims include first, second, third, and fourth tier activity.

UNADJUSTED INITIAL CLAIMS FOR WEEK ENDED 01/09/2010 


STATES WITH A DECREASE OF MORE THAN 1,000 


State

Change

 

State Supplied Comment

OR

-5,784

 

No comment.

IA

-4,450

 

No comment.

KY

-3,467

 

Fewer layoffs in the manufacturing industry.

MI

-1,242

 

Fewer layoffs in the manufacturing industry.

MA

-1,085

 

No comment.


STATES WITH AN INCREASE OF MORE THAN 1,000 


State

Change

 

State Supplied Comment

ND

+1,037

 

No comment.

OK

+1,086

 

No comment.

UT

+1,198

 

No comment.

HI

+1,206

 

No comment.

MT

+1,352

 

No comment.

OH

+1,410

 

Increase due to holiday shutdowns.

WV

+1,564

 

No comment.

IN

+1,999

 

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

LA

+2,415

 

No comment.

NV

+2,676

 

No comment.

AK

+3,230

 

No comment.

NJ

+3,389

 

Layoffs in the construction, trade, and service industries.

CO

+3,622

 

No comment.

MD

+3,983

 

No comment.

AZ

+4,003

 

No comment.

AL

+4,209

 

No comment.

CT

+4,513

 

Layoffs in the construction and trade industries.

MO

+4,942

 

Layoffs in the construction and service industries.

KS

+5,604

 

No comment.

NY

+7,143

 

Figures are based on a six day processing week, as well as layoffs in the transportation and service industries.

TN

+7,666

 

Layoffs in the service and manufacturing industries.

IL

+8,038

 

Layoffs in the construction, trade, and manufacturing industries.

VA

+8,268

 

Return to a five day workweek, as well as layoffs in the manufacturing industry.

SC

+8,637

 

Layoffs in the manufacturing industry.

NC

+9,156

 

Layoffs in the textile, furniture, chemical, primary metals, and service industries.

GA

+10,822

 

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

PA

+12,562

 

Layoffs in the construction, trade, and service industries.

FL

+12,939

 

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

TX

+15,892

 

Layoffs in the trade, service, real estate, and manufacturing industries.

CA

+16,160

 

Return to a five day workweek, as well as layoffs in the construction and service industries.

State Detail Prior Week
UI Claims Series 1967 to current


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