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EMPLOYMENT AND TRAINING ADMINISTRATION

USDL 10-1394-NAT

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October 7, 2010

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UNEMPLOYMENT INSURANCE WEEKLY CLAIMS REPORT

          SEASONALLY ADJUSTED DATA

In the week ending Oct. 2, the advance figure for seasonally adjusted initial claims was 445,000, a decrease of 11,000 from the previous week's revised figure of 456,000. The 4-week moving average was 455,750, a decrease of 3,000 from the previous week's revised average of 458,750.

The advance seasonally adjusted insured unemployment rate was 3.5 percent for the week ending Sept. 25, a decrease of 0.1 percentage point from the prior week's revised rate of 3.6 percent.

The advance number for seasonally adjusted insured unemployment during the week ending Sept. 25 was 4,462,000, a decrease of 48,000 from the preceding week's revised level of 4,510,000. The 4-week moving average was 4,510,750, a decrease of 27,750 from the preceding week's revised average of 4,538,500.

UNADJUSTED DATA

The advance number of actual initial claims under state programs, unadjusted, totaled 371,004 in the week ending Oct. 2, a decrease of 1,532 from the previous week. There were 451,860 initial claims in the comparable week in 2009.

The advance unadjusted insured unemployment rate was 2.9 percent during the week ending Sept. 25, a decrease of 0.1 percentage point from the prior week. The advance unadjusted number for persons claiming UI benefits in state programs totaled 3,739,443, a decrease of 71,488 from the preceding week. A year earlier, the rate was 3.8 percent and the volume was 5,017,172.

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 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 Sept. 18.

Initial claims for UI benefits by former Federal civilian employees totaled 3,597 in the week ending Sept. 25, a decrease of 573 from the prior week. There were 2,844 initial claims by newly discharged veterans, an increase of 33 from the preceding week.

There were 29,680 former Federal civilian employees claiming UI benefits for the week ending Sept. 18, a decrease of 104 from the previous week. Newly discharged veterans claiming benefits totaled 40,773, a decrease of 125 from the prior week.

States reported 4,123,513 persons claiming EUC (Emergency Unemployment Compensation) benefits for the week ending Sept. 18, an increase of 157,735 from the prior week. There were 3,358,689 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 Sept. 18 were in Puerto Rico (6.2 percent), Alaska (4.1), California (4.1), Oregon (4.1), Nevada (4.0), Pennsylvania (4.0), New Jersey (3.9), Connecticut (3.6), Illinois (3.5), and South Carolina (3.5).

The largest increases in initial claims for the week ending Sept. 25 were in California (+8,960), Florida (+687), Kentucky (+415), Puerto Rico (+302), and Iowa (+299), while the largest decreases were in New York (-3,703), Illinois (-2,381), Georgia (-2,314), North Carolina (-2,078), and Tennessee (-1,656).


UNEMPLOYMENT INSURANCE DATA FOR REGULAR STATE PROGRAMS


 

Advance

 

 

 

Prior1

WEEK ENDING

Oct. 2

Sept. 25

Change

Sept. 18

Year


Initial Claims (SA)

445,000

456,000

-11,000

469,000

531,000

Initial Claims (NSA)

371,004

372,536

-1,532

382,323

451,860

4-Wk Moving Average (SA)

455,750

458,750

-3,000

464,250

540,500

 

Advance

 

 

 

Prior1

WEEK ENDING

Sept. 25

Sept. 18

Change

Sept. 11

Year


Ins. Unemployment (SA)

4,462,000

4,510,000

-48,000

4,534,000

5,987,000

Ins. Unemployment (NSA)

3,739,443

3,810,931

-71,488

3,930,917

5,017,172

4-Wk Moving Average (SA)

4,510,750

4,538,500

-27,750

4,530,750

6,044,250


Ins. Unemployment Rate (SA)2

3.5%

3.6%

-0.1

3.6%

4.5%

Ins. Unemployment Rate (NSA)2

2.9%

3.0%

-0.1

3.1%

3.8%


INITIAL CLAIMS FILED IN FEDERAL PROGRAMS (UNADJUSTED)


 

 

 

 

Prior1

WEEK ENDING

Sept. 25

Sept. 18

Change

Year


Federal Employees

3,597

4,170

-573

1,515

Newly Discharged Veterans

2,844

2,811

+33

2,431


PERSONS CLAIMING UI BENEFITS IN FEDERAL PROGRAMS (UNADJUSTED)


 

 

 

 

Prior1

WEEK ENDING

Sept. 18

Sept. 11

Change

Year


Federal Employees

29,680

29,784

-104

19,553

Newly Discharged Veterans

40,773

40,898

-125

30,593

Railroad Retirement Board

4,000

4,000

0

10,000

Extended Benefits

1,011,919

913,113

+98,806

640,956

EUC 20083

4,123,513

3,965,778

+157,735

3,358,689


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 09/25/2010 


STATES WITH A DECREASE OF MORE THAN 1,000 


State

Change

 

State Supplied Comment

NY

-3,703

 

Fewer layoffs in the construction and service industries.

IL

-2,381

 

No comment.

GA

-2,314

 

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

NC

-2,078

 

Fewer layoffs in the construction, industrial machinery, computer equipment, and furniture industries.

TN

-1,656

 

Fewer layoffs in the trade and service industries.

NJ

-1,431

 

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

OH

-1,346

 

Fewer layoffs in the automobile industry.

WA

-1,068

 

No comment.


STATES WITH AN INCREASE OF MORE THAN 1,000 


State

Change

 

State Supplied Comment

CA

+8,960

 

Layoffs in the service industry.

State Detail Prior Week
UI Claims Series 1967 to current


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