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EMPLOYMENT AND TRAINING ADMINISTRATION

USDL 11-0200-NAT

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February 17, 2011

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UNEMPLOYMENT INSURANCE WEEKLY CLAIMS REPORT

          SEASONALLY ADJUSTED DATA

In the week ending Feb. 12, the advance figure for seasonally adjusted initial claims was 410,000, an increase of 25,000 from the previous week's revised figure of 385,000. The 4-week moving average was 417,750, an increase of 1,750 from the previous week's revised average of 416,000.

The advance seasonally adjusted insured unemployment rate was 3.1 percent for the week ending Feb. 5, unchanged from the prior week's unrevised rate of 3.1 percent.

The advance number for seasonally adjusted insured unemployment during the week ending Feb.5 was 3,911,000, an increase of 1,000 from the preceding week's revised level of 3,910,000. The 4-week moving average was 3,941,500, an increase of 3,500 from the preceding week's revised average of 3,938,000.

UNADJUSTED DATA

The advance number of actual initial claims under state programs, unadjusted, totaled 421,713 in the week ending Feb. 12, a decrease of 19,271 from the previous week. There were 478,235 initial claims in the comparable week in 2010.

The advance unadjusted insured unemployment rate was 3.6 percent during the week ending Feb. 5, a decrease of 0.1 percentage point from the prior week. The advance unadjusted number for persons claiming UI benefits in state programs totaled 4,544,310, a decrease of 62,137 from the preceding week. A year earlier, the rate was 4.3 percent and the volume was 5,597,688.

The total number of people claiming benefits in all programs for the week ending Jan. 29 was 9,250,156.

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. 29.

Initial claims for UI benefits by former Federal civilian employees totaled 2,198 in the week ending Feb. 5, a decrease of 216 from the prior week. There were 2,584 initial claims by newly discharged veterans, an increase of 7 from the preceding week.

There were 48,828 former Federal civilian employees claiming UI benefits for the week ending Jan. 29, an increase of 224 from the previous week. Newly discharged veterans claiming benefits totaled 40,614, a decrease of 1,290 from the prior week.

States reported 3,629,604 persons claiming EUC (Emergency Unemployment Compensation) benefits for the week ending Jan. 29, a decrease of 127,386 from the prior week. There were 5,795,648 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. 29 were in Alaska (6.9 percent), Pennsylvania (5.6), Montana (5.5), Idaho (5.4), Oregon (5.1), Wisconsin (5.1), Puerto Rico (5.0), Rhode Island (4.9), Connecticut (4.8), New Jersey (4.8), and Illinois (4.7).

The largest increases in initial claims for the week ending Feb. 5 were in Michigan (+2,693), North Carolina (+1,222), New Jersey (+877), Maryland (+527), and Pennsylvania (+475), while the largest decreases were in Florida (-4,542), Texas (-3,657), South Carolina (-2,780), Tennessee (-2,535), and Georgia (-1,784).


UNEMPLOYMENT INSURANCE DATA FOR REGULAR STATE PROGRAMS


WEEK ENDING

Advance Feb. 12

Feb. 5

Change

Jan. 29

Prior Year1


Initial Claims (SA)

410,000

385,000

+25,000

419,000

479,000

Initial Claims (NSA)

421,713

440,984

-19,271

464,775

478,235

4-Wk Moving Average (SA)

417,750

416,000

+1,750

431,500

471,000

WEEK ENDING

Advance Feb. 5

Jan. 29

Change

Jan. 22

Prior Year1


Ins. Unemployment (SA)

3,911,000

3,910,000

+1,000

3,936,000

4,846,000

Ins. Unemployment (NSA)

4,544,310

4,606,447

-62,137

4,632,950

5,597,688

4-Wk Moving Average (SA)

3,941,500

3,938,000

+3,500

3,932,250

4,836,500


Ins. Unemployment Rate (SA)2

3.1%

3.1%

0.0

3.1%

3.7%

Ins. Unemployment Rate (NSA)2

3.6%

3.7%

-0.1

3.7%

4.3%


INITIAL CLAIMS FILED IN FEDERAL PROGRAMS (UNADJUSTED)


WEEK ENDING

Feb. 5

Jan. 29

Change

Prior Year1

Federal Employees

2,198

2,414

-216

1,454

Newly Discharged Veterans

2,584

2,577

+7

2,323


PERSONS CLAIMING UI BENEFITS IN ALL PROGRAMS (UNADJUSTED)


WEEK ENDING

Jan. 29

Jan. 22

Change

Prior Year1

Regular State

4,591,477

4,619,641

-28,164

5,661,808

Federal Employees (UCFE)

48,828

48,604

+224

26,331

Newly Discharged Veterans (UCX)

40,614

41,904

-1,290

36,479

EUC 20083

3,629,604

3,756,990

-127,386

5,795,648

Extended Benefits4

873,002

830,837

+42,165

208,041

State Additional Benefits 5

7,640

7,282

+358

2,013

STC / Workshare 6

58,991

53,366

+5,625

89,902

TOTAL

9,250,156

9,358,624

-108,468

11,820,222


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 125,560,066 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 02/05/2011 


STATES WITH A DECREASE OF MORE THAN 1,000 


State

Change

 

State Supplied Comment

FL

-4,542

 

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

TX

-3,657

 

Drop in claims caused by inclement weather throughout the state, as well as fewer layoffs in the insurance, real estate, trade, service, and manufacturing industries.

SC

-2,780

 

Fewer layoffs in the manufacturing industry.

TN

-2,535

 

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

GA

-1,784

 

Fewer layoffs in the service and manufacturing industries.

NY

-1,718

 

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

IL

-1,713

 

No comment.

CA

-1,694

 

No comment.

IN

-1,501

 

Fewer layoffs in the automobile industry.

WI

-1,336

 

No comment.

MO

-1,259

 

Fewer layoffs in the trade and service industries.

LA

-1,139

 

No comment.

IA

-1,061

 

No comment.

MA

-1,027

 

Fewer layoffs in the construction industry.


STATES WITH AN INCREASE OF MORE THAN 1,000 


State

Change

 

State Supplied Comment

NC

+1,222

 

Layoffs in the construction and furniture industries.

MI

+2,693

 

No comment.

State Detail Prior Week
UI Claims Series 1967 to current


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