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EMPLOYMENT AND TRAINING ADMINISTRATION

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December 23, 2010

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UNEMPLOYMENT INSURANCE WEEKLY CLAIMS REPORT

          SEASONALLY ADJUSTED DATA

In the week ending Dec. 18, the advance figure for seasonally adjusted initial claims was 420,000, a decrease of 3,000 from the previous week's revised figure of 423,000. The 4-week moving average was 426,000, an increase of 2,500 from the previous week's revised average of 423,500.

The advance seasonally adjusted insured unemployment rate was 3.2 percent for the week ending Dec. 11, a decrease of 0.1 percentage point from the prior week's unrevised rate of 3.3 percent.

The advance number for seasonally adjusted insured unemployment during the week ending Dec.11 was 4,064,000, a decrease of 103,000 from the preceding week's revised level of 4,167,000. The 4-week moving average was 4,155,500, a decrease of 38,250 from the preceding week's revised average of 4,193,750.

UNADJUSTED DATA

The advance number of actual initial claims under state programs, unadjusted, totaled 495,587 in the week ending Dec. 18, an increase of 5,311 from the previous week. There were 565,243 initial claims in the comparable week in 2009.

The advance unadjusted insured unemployment rate was 3.3 percent during the week ending Dec. 11, an increase of 0.1 percentage point from the prior week. The advance unadjusted number for persons claiming UI benefits in state programs totaled 4,173,407, an increase of 110,889 from the preceding week. A year earlier, the rate was 4.1 percent and the volume was 5,345,467.

The total number of people claiming benefits in all programs for the week ending Dec. 4 was 8,883,578.

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 Dec. 4.

Initial claims for UI benefits by former Federal civilian employees totaled 3,281 in the week ending Dec. 11, an increase of 306 from the prior week. There were 2,586 initial claims by newly discharged veterans, a decrease of 293 from the preceding week.

There were 47,578 former Federal civilian employees claiming UI benefits for the week ending Dec. 4, a decrease of 3,365 from the previous week. Newly discharged veterans claiming benefits totaled 42,176, a decrease of 1,768 from the prior week.

States reported 3,785,978 persons claiming EUC (Emergency Unemployment Compensation) benefits for the week ending Dec. 4, a decrease of 68,089 from the prior week. There were 4,456,518 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 Dec. 4 were in Alaska (6.5 percent), Puerto Rico (5.8), Oregon (4.8), Montana (4.6), Pennsylvania (4.6), Idaho (4.4), California (4.3), Nevada (4.3), Wisconsin (4.2), and New Jersey (4.0).

The largest increases in initial claims for the week ending Dec. 11 were in Kentucky (+1,680), California (+1,202), Iowa (+1,154), Puerto Rico (+935), and Massachusetts (+839), while the largest decreases were in New York (-12,355), North Carolina (-9,951), Georgia (-8,662), Pennsylvania
(-8,315), and Washington (-7,929).


UNEMPLOYMENT INSURANCE DATA FOR REGULAR STATE PROGRAMS


WEEK ENDING

Advance Dec. 18

Dec. 11

Change

Dec. 4

Prior Year1


Initial Claims (SA)

420,000

423,000

-3,000

423,000

469,000

Initial Claims (NSA)

495,587

490,276

+5,311

585,678

565,243

4-Wk Moving Average (SA)

426,000

423,500

+2,500

428,000

479,250

WEEK ENDING

Advance Dec. 11

Dec. 4

Change

Nov. 27

Prior Year1


Ins. Unemployment (SA)

4,064,000

4,167,000

-103,000

4,114,000

5,185,000

Ins. Unemployment (NSA)

4,173,407

4,062,518

+110,889

4,216,367

5,345,467

4-Wk Moving Average (SA)

4,155,500

4,193,750

-38,250

4,233,000

5,332,500


Ins. Unemployment Rate (SA)2

3.2%

3.3%

-0.1

3.3%

3.9%

Ins. Unemployment Rate (NSA)2

3.3%

3.2%

+0.1

3.4%

4.1%


INITIAL CLAIMS FILED IN FEDERAL PROGRAMS (UNADJUSTED)


WEEK ENDING

Dec. 11

Dec. 4

Change

Prior Year1

Federal Employees

3,281

2,975

+306

2,177

Newly Discharged Veterans

2,586

2,879

-293

2,195


PERSONS CLAIMING UI BENEFITS IN ALL PROGRAMS (UNADJUSTED)


WEEK ENDING
Dec. 4
Nov. 27
Change
Prior Year1

Regular State

4,046,869

4,202,589

-155,720

5,167,579

Federal Employees (UCFE)

47,578

50,943

-3,365

26,514

Newly Discharged Veterans (UCX)

42,176

43, 944

-1,768

36,163

EUC 20083

3,785,978

3,854,067

-68,089

4,456,518

Extended Benefits4

893,016

977,339

-84,323

387,666

State Additional Benefits 5

4,931

7,957

-3,026

2,264

STC / Workshare 6

63,030

55,077

+7,953

103,574

TOTAL

8,883,578

9,191,916

-308,338

10,180,278


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 125,845,577 as denominator.
3 - EUC weekly claims include first, second, third, and fourth tier activity. Tier-specific EUC data can be found here: http://ows.doleta.gov/unemploy/docs/persons.xls
4 - Information on the EB program can be found here: http://www.ows.doleta.gov/unemploy/extenben.asp
5 - Some states maintain additional benefit programs for those claimants who exhaust regular, extended and emergency benefits. Information on states that participate and the extent of benefits can be  found starting on page 4-5 of this link: http://ows.doleta.gov/unemploy/pdf/uilawcompar/2010/special.pdf
6 - Information on STC/Worksharing can be found starting on page 4-9 of the following link: http://ows.doleta.gov/unemploy/pdf/uilawcompar/2010/special.pdf

UNADJUSTED INITIAL CLAIMS FOR WEEK ENDED 12/11/2010 


STATES WITH A DECREASE OF MORE THAN 1,000 


State

Change

 

State Supplied Comment

NY

-12,355

 

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

NC

-9,951

 

Fewer layoffs in the transportation equipment, textile, furniture, primary metals, fabricated metals, lumber/wood, and rubber/plastics industries.

GA

-8,662

 

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

PA

-8,315

 

Fewer layoffs in the construction, service, transportation, and wood products industries.

WA

-7,929

 

No comment.

WI

-7,255

 

No comment.

OR

-5,751

 

No comment.

TX

-4,127

 

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

NJ

-3,612

 

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

MN

-3,054

 

No comment.

AL

-2,830

 

Fewer layoffs in the textile, furniture, and wood products industries.

TN

-2,435

 

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

VA

-2,318

 

Fewer layoffs in the manufacturing industry.

AR

-2,298

 

No comment.

MI

-2,226

 

No comment.

SC

-2,115

 

Fewer layoffs in the manufacturing industry.

IL

-1,550

 

Fewer layoffs in the construction and service industries.

MO

-1,358

 

Fewer layoffs in the construction and manufacturing industries.

ID

-1,207

 

No comment.

OH

-1,205

 

No comment.

NV

-1,204

 

No comment.

MS

-1,087

 

No comment.


STATES WITH AN INCREASE OF MORE THAN 1,000 


State

Change

 

State Supplied Comment

IA

+1,154

 

Layoffs in the construction industry.

CA

+1,202

 

Layoffs in the trade and service industries.

KY

+1,680

 

No comment.

State Detail Prior Week
UI Claims Series 1967 to current


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