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EMPLOYMENT AND TRAINING ADMINISTRATION

USDL 11-0061-NAT

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January 20, 2011

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UNEMPLOYMENT INSURANCE WEEKLY CLAIMS REPORT

          SEASONALLY ADJUSTED DATA

In the week ending Jan. 15, the advance figure for seasonally adjusted initial claims was 404,000, a decrease of 37,000 from the previous week's revised figure of 441,000. The 4-week moving average was 411,750, a decrease of 4,000 from the previous week's revised average of 415,750.

The advance seasonally adjusted insured unemployment rate was 3.1 percent for the week ending Jan. 8, unchanged from the prior week's unrevised rate of 3.1 percent.

The advance number for seasonally adjusted insured unemployment during the week ending Jan. 8 was 3,861,000, a decrease of 26,000 from the preceding week's revised level of 3,887,000. The 4-week moving average was 4,006,250, a decrease of 52,250 from the preceding week's revised average of 4,058,500.

UNADJUSTED DATA

The advance number of actual initial claims under state programs, unadjusted, totaled 550,594 in the week ending Jan. 15, a decrease of 212,504 from the previous week. There were 652,327 initial claims in the comparable week in 2010.

The advance unadjusted insured unemployment rate was 3.7 percent during the week ending Jan. 8, a decrease of 0.1 percentage point from the prior week. The advance unadjusted number for persons claiming UI benefits in state programs totaled 4,609,826, a decrease of 167,288 from the preceding week. A year earlier, the rate was 4.5 percent and the volume was 5,791,080.

The total number of people claiming benefits in all programs for the week ending Jan. 1 was 9,607,423.

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, Rhode Island, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, Virginia, Washington, West Virginia, and Wisconsin, during the week ending Jan. 1.

Initial claims for UI benefits by former Federal civilian employees totaled 5,438 in the week ending Jan. 8, an increase of 3,513 from the prior week. There were 2,815 initial claims by newly discharged veterans, an increase of 772 from the preceding week.

There were 48,216 former Federal civilian employees claiming UI benefits for the week ending Jan. 1, a decrease of 1,556 from the previous week. Newly discharged veterans claiming benefits totaled 41,464, a decrease of 401 from the prior week.

States reported 3,719,607 persons claiming EUC (Emergency Unemployment Compensation) benefits for the week ending Jan. 1, a decrease of 53,485 from the prior week. There were 5,392,352 claimants in the comparable week in 2010. EUC weekly claims include first, second, third, and fourth tier activity.

The highest insured unemployment rates in the week ending Jan. 1 were in Alaska (7.2 percent), Puerto Rico (6.1), Idaho (5.6), Oregon (5.6), Wisconsin (5.6), Pennsylvania (5.4), Montana (5.1), Connecticut (5.0), Rhode Island (4.9), Illinois (4.7), and New Jersey (4.7).

The largest increases in initial claims for the week ending Jan. 8 were in New York (+24,363), California (+17,536), North Carolina (+16,873), Texas (+13,828), and Illinois (+11,211), while the largest decreases were in Oregon (-9,579), Iowa (-3,122), Michigan (-3,101), Wisconsin (-2,029), and Kentucky (-1,006).


UNEMPLOYMENT INSURANCE DATA FOR REGULAR STATE PROGRAMS


WEEK ENDING

Advance Jan. 15

Jan. 8

Change

Jan. 1

Prior Year1


Initial Claims (SA)

404,000

441,000

-37,000

411,000

489,000

Initial Claims (NSA)

550,594

763,098

-212,504

578,904

652,327

4-Wk Moving Average (SA)

411,750

415,750

-4,000

411,250

467,250

WEEK ENDING

Advance Jan. 8

Jan. 1

Change

Dec. 25

Prior Year1


Ins. Unemployment (SA)

3,861,000

3,887,000

-26,000

4,127,000

4,895,000

Ins. Unemployment (NSA)

4,609,826

4,777,114

-167,288

4,415,512

5,791,080

4-Wk Moving Average (SA)

4,006,250

4,058,500

-52,250

4,128,500

4,977,000


Ins. Unemployment Rate (SA)2

3.1%

3.1%

0.0

3.3%

3.8%

Ins. Unemployment Rate (NSA)2

3.7%

3.8%

-0.1

3.5%

4.5%


INITIAL CLAIMS FILED IN FEDERAL PROGRAMS (UNADJUSTED)


WEEK ENDING

Jan. 8

Jan. 1

Change

Prior Year1

Federal Employees

5,438

1,925

+3,513

2,785

Newly Discharged Veterans

2,815

2,043

+772

2,536


PERSONS CLAIMING UI BENEFITS IN ALL PROGRAMS (UNADJUSTED)


WEEK ENDING

Jan. 1

Dec. 25

Change

Prior Year1

Regular State

4,777,114

4,415,512

+361,602

6,013,891

Federal Employees (UCFE)

48,216

49,772

-1,556

27,809

Newly Discharged Veterans (UCX)

41,464

41,865

-401

36,837

EUC 20083

3,719,607

3,773,092

-53,485

5,392,352

Extended Benefits4

957,289

874,679

+82,610

263,762

State Additional Benefits 5

6,978

6,549

+429

2,352

STC / Workshare 6

56,755

44,717

+12,038

105,257

TOTAL

9,607,423

9,206,186

+401,237

11,842,260


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 01/08/2011 


STATES WITH A DECREASE OF MORE THAN 1,000 


State

Change

 

State Supplied Comment

OR

-9,579

 

No comment.

IA

-3,122

 

Fewer layoffs in the manufacturing industry.

MI

-3,101

 

Fewer layoffs in the automobile industry.

WI

-2,029

 

No comment.

KY

-1,006

 

No comment.


STATES WITH AN INCREASE OF MORE THAN 1,000 


State

Change

 

State Supplied Comment

MA

+1,033

 

No comment.

NV

+1,115

 

Return to a five day workweek.

OK

+1,122

 

No comment.

MT

+1,249

 

No comment.

ME

+1,290

 

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

WV

+1,402

 

No comment.

MS

+1,563

 

Layoffs in the manufacturing industry.

MN

+1,920

 

Return to a five day workweek.

UT

+2,093

 

Start of a new quarter of wage credits for benefit purposes.

OH

+2,523

 

Layoffs in the automobile industry.

NJ

+2,580

 

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

AK

+2,729

 

No comment.

MD

+2,918

 

No comment.

LA

+2,991

 

No comment.

AZ

+3,522

 

Return to a five day workweek.

CO

+3,788

 

No comment.

VA

+3,926

 

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

WA

+4,108

 

Layoffs in the finance, insurance, trade, and service industries.

IN

+5,311

 

Layoffs in the automobile and trade industries.

KS

+5,393

 

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

CT

+5,994

 

Layoffs in the construction, trade, and transportation industries.

MO

+6,259

 

Layoffs in the transportation, warehousing, service, and manufacturing industries.

SC

+7,009

 

Layoffs in the manufacturing industry.

FL

+7,836

 

Start of a new quarter of wage credits for benefit purposes, as well as layoffs in the construction, trade, service, and manufacturing industries, and agriculture.

TN

+7,927

 

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

GA

+8,495

 

Layoffs in the construction, trade, and manufacturing industries.

AL

+9,298

 

Layoffs in the construction and service industries.

PA

+9,989

 

Layoffs in the construction, trade, and service industries.

IL

+11,211

 

Layoffs in the construction, trade, and service industries.

TX

+13,828

 

Start of a new quarter of wage credits for benefit purposes, as well as layoffs in the trade, service, and manufacturing industries.

NC

+16,873

 

Layoffs in the construction, service, textile, and furniture industries.

CA

+17,536

 

Start of a new quarter of wage credits for benefit purposes, as well as layoffs in the trade and service industries, and agriculture.

NY

+24,363

 

Layoffs in the trade, service, and transportation industries.

State Detail Prior Week
UI Claims Series 1967 to current


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