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EMPLOYMENT AND TRAINING ADMINISTRATION

USDL 10-1137-NAT

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August 19, 2010

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UNEMPLOYMENT INSURANCE WEEKLY CLAIMS REPORT

          SEASONALLY ADJUSTED DATA

In the week ending Aug. 14, the advance figure for seasonally adjusted initial claims was 500,000, an increase of 12,000 from the previous week's revised figure of 488,000. The 4-week moving average was 482,500, an increase of 8,000 from the previous week's revised average of 474,500.

The advance seasonally adjusted insured unemployment rate was 3.5 percent for the week ending Aug. 7, unchanged from the prior week's unrevised rate of 3.5 percent.

The advance number for seasonally adjusted insured unemployment during the week ending Aug. 7 was 4,478,000, a decrease of 13,000 from the preceding week's revised level of 4,491,000. The 4-week moving average was 4,526,750, a decrease of 1,500 from the preceding week's revised average of 4,528,250.

The fiscal year-to-date average of seasonally adjusted weekly insured unemployment, which corresponds to the appropriated AWIU trigger, was 5.010 million. 

UNADJUSTED DATA

The advance number of actual initial claims under state programs, unadjusted, totaled 401,856 in the week ending Aug. 14, a decrease of 22,650 from the previous week. There were 457,985 initial claims in the comparable week in 2009.

The advance unadjusted insured unemployment rate was 3.4 percent during the week ending Aug. 7, unchanged from the prior week. The advance unadjusted number for persons claiming UI benefits in state programs totaled 4,254,571, a decrease of 78,949 from the preceding week. A year earlier, the rate was 4.4 percent and the volume was 5,808,572.

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, Virginia, Washington, West Virginia, and Wisconsin during the week ending July 31.

Initial claims for UI benefits by former Federal civilian employees totaled 4,101 in the week ending Aug. 7, an increase of 854 from the prior week. There were 2,926 initial claims by newly discharged veterans, an increase of 258 from the preceding week.

There were 24,121 former Federal civilian employees claiming UI benefits for the week ending July 31, an increase of 1,007 from the previous week. Newly discharged veterans claiming benefits totaled 42,626, a decrease of 785 from the prior week.

States reported 4,753,456 persons claiming EUC (Emergency Unemployment Compensation) benefits for the week ending July 31, an increase of 260,105 from the prior week. There were 2,961,457 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 July 31 were in Puerto Rico (6.7 percent), Pennsylvania (4.8), New Jersey (4.6), Oregon (4.6), California (4.5), Alaska (4.3), Connecticut (4.3), Nevada (4.3), Rhode Island (4.1), and Wisconsin (4.1).

The largest increases in initial claims for the week ending Aug. 7 were in California (+4,393), Indiana (+1,999), North Carolina (+1,895), Pennsylvania (+1,626), and Georgia (+1,458), while the largest decreases were in Wisconsin (-1,873), Puerto Rico (-1,014), New Jersey (-688), Utah (-503), and South Carolina (-291).


UNEMPLOYMENT INSURANCE DATA FOR REGULAR STATE PROGRAMS


 

Advance

 

 

 

Prior1

WEEK ENDING

Aug. 14

Aug. 7

Change

July 31

Year


Initial Claims (SA)

500,000

488,000

+12,000

482,000

575,000

Initial Claims (NSA)

401,856

424,506

-22,650

402,135

457,985

4-Wk Moving Average (SA)

482,500

474,500

+8,000

459,250

567,250

 

Advance

 

 

 

Prior1

WEEK ENDING

Aug. 7

July 31

Change

July 24

Year


Ins. Unemployment (SA)

4,478,000

4,491,000

-13,000

4,570,000

6,127,000

Ins. Unemployment (NSA)

4,254,571

4,333,520

-78,949

4,450,714

5,808,572

4-Wk Moving Average (SA)

4,526,750

4,528,250

-1,500

4,583,000

6,144,500


Ins. Unemployment Rate (SA)2

3.5%

3.5%

0.0

3.6%

4.6%

Ins. Unemployment Rate (NSA)2

3.4%

3.4%

0.0

3.5%

4.4%


INITIAL CLAIMS FILED IN FEDERAL PROGRAMS (UNADJUSTED)


 

 

 

 

Prior1

WEEK ENDING

Aug. 7

July 31

Change

Year


Federal Employees

4,101

3,247

+854

1,639

Newly Discharged Veterans

2,926

2,668

+258

2,252


PERSONS CLAIMING UI BENEFITS IN FEDERAL PROGRAMS (UNADJUSTED)


 

 

 

 

Prior1

WEEK ENDING

July 31

July 24

Change

Year


Federal Employees

24,121

23,114

+1,007

20,577

Newly Discharged Veterans

42,626

43,411

-785

30,325

Railroad Retirement Board

4,000

4,000

0

10,000

Extended Benefits

837,357

788,128

+49,229

727,404

EUC 20083

4,753,456

4,493,351

+260,105

2,961,457


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 126,763,245 as denominator.
3 - EUC weekly claims include first, second, third, and fourth tier activity.

UNADJUSTED INITIAL CLAIMS FOR WEEK ENDED 08/07/2010 


STATES WITH A DECREASE OF MORE THAN 1,000 


State

Change

 

State Supplied Comment

WI

-1,873

 

No comment.

PR

-1,014

 

No comment.


STATES WITH AN INCREASE OF MORE THAN 1,000 


State

Change

 

State Supplied Comment

TX

+1,071

 

Layoffs in the service and manufacturing industries.

IL

+1,150

 

Layoffs in the construction, trade, and manufacturing industries.

FL

+1,199

 

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

OR

+1,268

 

No comment.

MI

+1,347

 

No comment.

GA

+1,458

 

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

PA

+1,626

 

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

NC

+1,895

 

Layoffs in the construction, service, industrial machinery, computer equipment, electrical equipment, electronic equipment, and textile industries.

IN

+1,999

 

Layoffs in the automobile and manufacturing industries.

CA

+4,393

 

Layoffs in the service industry.

State Detail Prior Week
UI Claims Series 1967 to current


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