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EMPLOYMENT AND TRAINING ADMINISTRATION

USDL 11-1506-NAT

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October 20, 2011

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UNEMPLOYMENT INSURANCE WEEKLY CLAIMS REPORT

          SEASONALLY ADJUSTED DATA

In the week ending October 15, the advance figure for seasonally adjusted initial claims was 403,000, a decrease of 6,000 from the previous week's revised figure of 409,000. The 4-week moving average was 403,000, a decrease of 6,250 from the previous week's revised average of 409,250.

The advance seasonally adjusted insured unemployment rate was 2.9 percent for the week ending October 8, unchanged from the prior week's unrevised rate of 2.9 percent.

The advance number for seasonally adjusted insured unemployment during the week ending October 8 was 3,719,000, an increase of 25,000 from the preceding week's revised level of 3,694,000. The 4-week moving average was 3,722,500, a decrease of 7,500 from the preceding week's revised average of 3,730,000.

UNADJUSTED DATA

The advance number of actual initial claims under state programs, unadjusted, totaled 356,825 in the week ending October 15, a decrease of 47,229 from the previous week. There were 394,016 initial claims in the comparable week in 2010.

The advance unadjusted insured unemployment rate was 2.5 percent during the week ending October 8, unchanged from the prior week. The advance unadjusted number for persons claiming UI benefits in state programs totaled 3,116,875, an increase of 2,431 from the preceding week. A year earlier, the rate was 3.0 percent and the volume was 3,715,967.

The total number of people claiming benefits in all programs for the week ending October 1 was 6,697,346, a decrease of 124,239 from the previous week.

Extended benefits were available in Alabama, 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, Washington, West Virginia, and Wisconsin during the week ending October 1.

Initial claims for UI benefits by former Federal civilian employees totaled 4,341 in the week ending October 8, an increase of 1,917 from the prior week. There were 3,399 initial claims by newly discharged veterans, an increase of 651 from the preceding week.

There were 24,902 former Federal civilian employees claiming UI benefits for the week ending October 1, a decrease of 26 from the previous week. Newly discharged veterans claiming benefits totaled 38,951, a decrease of 183 from the prior week.

States reported 2,967,054 persons claiming EUC (Emergency Unemployment Compensation) benefits for the week ending October 1, a decrease of 48,981 from the prior week. There were 4,040,113 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 October 1 were in Puerto Rico (4.9), Alaska (3.8), Pennsylvania (3.5), New Jersey (3.4), Virgin Islands (3.4), California (3.3), Nevada (3.2), Oregon (3.2), Connecticut (3.1), Arkansas (2.9), and Illinois (2.9).

The largest increases in initial claims for the week ending October 8 were in California (+13,882), New York (+8,568), Texas (+4,644), Washington (+3,728), and Pennsylvania (+3,640) while the largest decreases were in Wisconsin (-1,536), North Carolina (-856), South Carolina (-818), and Virgin Islands (-33).


UNEMPLOYMENT INSURANCE DATA FOR REGULAR STATE PROGRAMS


WEEK ENDING

Advance Oct. 15

Oct. 8

Change

Oct. 1

Prior Year1


Initial Claims (SA)

403,000

409,000

-6,000

405,000

452,000

Initial Claims (NSA)

356,825

404,054

-47,229

332,394

394,016

4-Wk Moving Average (SA)

403,000

409,250

-6,250

415,000

453,500

WEEK ENDING

Advance Oct. 8

Oct. 1

Change

Sept. 24

Prior Year1


Ins. Unemployment (SA)

3,719,000

3,694,000

+25,000

3,725,000

4,419,000

Ins. Unemployment (NSA)

3,116,875

3,114,444

+2,431

3,165,909

3,715,967

4-Wk Moving Average (SA)

3,722,500

3,730,000

-7,500

3,745,250

4,435,000


Ins. Unemployment Rate (SA)2

2.9%

2.9%

0.0

3.0%

3.5%

Ins. Unemployment Rate (NSA)2

2.5%

2.5%

0.0

2.5%

3.0%


INITIAL CLAIMS FILED IN FEDERAL PROGRAMS (UNADJUSTED)


WEEK ENDING

Oct. 8

Oct. 1

Change

Prior Year1

Federal Employees

4,341

2,424

+1,917

10,749

Newly Discharged Veterans

3,399

2,748

+651

3,155


PERSONS CLAIMING UI BENEFITS IN ALL PROGRAMS (UNADJUSTED)


WEEK ENDING

Oct. 1

Sept. 24

Change

Prior Year1

Regular State

3,104,908

3,155,266

-50,358

3,692,139

Federal Employees (UCFE)

24,902

24,928

-26

32,170

Newly Discharged Veterans (UCX)

38,951

39,134

-183

40,994

EUC 20083

2,967,054

3,016,035

-48,981

4,040,113

Extended Benefits4

517,755

537,165

-19,410

1,031,584

State Additional Benefits 5

4,628

4,693

-65

3,780

STC / Workshare 6

39,148

44,364

-5,216

56,611

TOTAL

6,697,346

6,821,585

-124,239

8,897,391


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 126,188,733 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 10/8/2011 


STATES WITH A DECREASE OF MORE THAN 1,000 


State

Change

 

State Supplied Comment

WI

-1,536

 

No comment.


STATES WITH AN INCREASE OF MORE THAN 1,000 


State

Change

 

State Supplied Comment

KS

+1,012

 

No comment.

NJ

+1,014

 

Layoffs in the service, retail, and construction industries.

KY

+1,071

 

No comment.

TN

+1,093

 

Layoffs in the service and manufacturing industries.

CO

+1,147

 

No comment.

MA

+1,326

 

Layoffs in the manufacturing and service industries.

MI

+1,475

 

No comment.

IL

+1,479

 

Layoffs in the construction, service, and trade industries

AR

+1,571

 

Layoffs in the healthcare industry.

AK

+1,723

 

No comment.

AZ

+1,785

 

No comment.

IN

+1,813

 

Layoffs in the manufacturing industry.

MO

+1,822

 

Layoffs in the manufacturing and service industries.

AL

+1,941

 

Layoffs in the transportation and service industries.

OH

+2,462

 

Layoffs in the automobile industry.

FL

+2,507

 

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

GA

+3,605

 

Layoffs in the service and manufacturing industries.

PA

+3,640

 

Layoffs in the service, construction, retail, and educational services industries

WA

+3,728

 

Layoffs in the construction, retail, and service industries.

TX

+4,644

 

Layoffs in the manufacturing, service, and retail industries.

NY

+8,568

 

Layoffs in the transportation, service and public administration industries.

CA

+13,882

 

Layoffs in the service industry.

State Detail Prior Week
UI Claims Series 1967 to current


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