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EMPLOYMENT AND TRAINING ADMINISTRATION

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February 18, 2010

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UNEMPLOYMENT INSURANCE WEEKLY CLAIMS REPORT

          SEASONALLY ADJUSTED DATA

In the week ending Feb. 13, the advance figure for seasonally adjusted initial claims was 473,000, an increase of 31,000 from the previous week's revised figure of 442,000. The 4-week moving average was 467,500, a decrease of 1,500 from the previous week's revised average of 469,000.

The advance seasonally adjusted insured unemployment rate was 3.5 percent for the week ending Feb. 6, unchanged from the prior week's unrevised rate of 3.5 percent.

The advance number for seasonally adjusted insured unemployment during the week ending Feb. 6 was 4,563,000, unchanged from the preceding week's revised level of 4,563,000. The 4-week moving average was 4,585,750, a decrease of 24,000 from the preceding week's revised average of 4,609,750.

The fiscal year-to-date average for seasonally adjusted insured unemployment for all programs is 5.240 million.  

UNADJUSTED DATA

The advance number of actual initial claims under state programs, unadjusted, totaled 476,730 in the week ending Feb. 13, a decrease of 30,850 from the previous week. There were 619,951 initial claims in the comparable week in 2009.

The advance unadjusted insured unemployment rate was 4.3 percent during the week ending Feb. 6, a decrease of 0.1 percentage point from the prior week. The advance unadjusted number for persons claiming UI benefits in state programs totaled 5,539,706, a decrease of 150,689 from the preceding week. A year earlier, the rate was 4.5 percent and the volume was 5,972,146.

Extended benefits were available in Alabama, Alaska, Arizona, California, Colorado, Connecticut, Delaware, the District of Columbia, Georgia, Idaho, Illinois, Indiana, Kansas, Kentucky, Maine, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, 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. 30.

Initial claims for UI benefits by former Federal civilian employees totaled 1,431 in the week ending Feb. 6, a decrease of 138 from the prior week. There were 2,283 initial claims by newly discharged veterans, an increase of 41 from the preceding week.

There were 26,387 former Federal civilian employees claiming UI benefits for the week ending Jan. 30, an increase of 511 from the previous week. Newly discharged veterans claiming benefits totaled 36,385, a decrease of 1,030 from the prior week.

States reported 5,797,875 persons claiming EUC (Emergency Unemployment Compensation) benefits for the week ending Jan. 30, an increase of 304,748 from the prior week. There were 1,903,779 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. 30 were in Alaska (7.2 percent), Puerto Rico (6.9), Idaho (6.5), Oregon (6.5), Pennsylvania (6.4), Wisconsin (6.4), Montana (6.3), Nevada (5.9), Michigan (5.6), Rhode Island (5.5), and Washington (5.5).

The largest increases in initial claims for the week ending Feb. 6 were in Iowa (+2,014), Michigan (+1,724), Arkansas (+1,334), and Oklahoma (+1,246), while the largest decreases were in California
(-13,535), Pennsylvania (-9,491), Florida (-3,587), Illinois (-1,815), and Wisconsin (-1,412).


UNEMPLOYMENT INSURANCE DATA FOR REGULAR STATE PROGRAMS


 

Advance

 

 

 

Prior1

WEEK ENDING

Feb. 13

Feb. 6

Change

Jan. 30

Year


Initial Claims (SA)

473,000

442,000

+31,000

483,000

631,000

Initial Claims (NSA)

476,730

507,580

-30,850

533,320

619,951

4-Wk Moving Average (SA)

467,500

469,000

-1,500

469,500

615,500

 

Advance

 

 

 

Prior1

WEEK ENDING

Feb. 6

Jan. 30

Change

Jan. 23

Year


Ins. Unemployment (SA)

4,563,000

4,563,000

0

4,617,000

4,948,000

Ins. Unemployment (NSA)

5,539,706

5,690,395

-150,689

5,683,683

5,972,146

4-Wk Moving Average (SA)

4,585,750

4,609,750

-24,000

4,621,250

4,781,000


Ins. Unemployment Rate (SA)2

3.5%

3.5%

0.0

3.5%

3.7%

Ins. Unemployment Rate (NSA)2

4.3%

4.4%

-0.1

4.4%

4.5%


INITIAL CLAIMS FILED IN FEDERAL PROGRAMS (UNADJUSTED)


 

 

 

 

Prior1

WEEK ENDING

Feb. 6

Jan. 30

Change

Year


Federal Employees

1,431

1,569

-138

1,496

Newly Discharged Veterans

2,283

2,242

+41

2,016


PERSONS CLAIMING UI BENEFITS IN FEDERAL PROGRAMS (UNADJUSTED)


 

 

 

 

Prior1

WEEK ENDING

Jan. 30

Jan. 23

Change

Year


Federal Employees

26,387

25,876

+511

21,233

Newly Discharged Veterans

36,385

37,415

-1,030

27,963

Railroad Retirement Board

12,000

12,000

0

8,000

Extended Benefits

205,744

236,041

-30,297

1,309

EUC 20083

5,797,875

5,493,127

+304,748

1,903,779


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 02/06/2010 


STATES WITH A DECREASE OF MORE THAN 1,000 


State

Change

 

State Supplied Comment

CA

-13,535

 

Fewer layoffs in the construction industry.

PA

-9,491

 

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

FL

-3,587

 

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

IL

-1,815

 

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

WI

-1,412

 

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

NC

-1,408

 

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

TN

-1,114

 

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


STATES WITH AN INCREASE OF MORE THAN 1,000 


State

Change

 

State Supplied Comment

OK

+1,246

 

No comment.

AR

+1,334

 

No comment.

MI

+1,724

 

Layoffs in the automobile industry.

IA

+2,014

 

Layoffs in the manufacturing industry.

State Detail Prior Week
UI Claims Series 1967 to current


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