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EMPLOYMENT AND TRAINING ADMINISTRATION

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January 12, 2012

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UNEMPLOYMENT INSURANCE WEEKLY CLAIMS REPORT

          SEASONALLY ADJUSTED DATA

In the week ending January 7, the advance figure for seasonally adjusted initial claims was 399,000, an increase of 24,000 from the previous week's revised figure of 375,000. The 4-week moving average was 381,750, an increase of 7,750 from the previous week's revised average of 374,000.

The advance seasonally adjusted insured unemployment rate was 2.9 percent for the week ending December 31, unchanged from the prior week's revised rate.

The advance number for seasonally adjusted insured unemployment during the week ending December 31, was 3,628,000, an increase of 19,000 from the preceding week's revised level of 3,609,000. The 4-week moving average was 3,605,000, unchanged from the preceding week's revised average.

UNADJUSTED DATA

The advance number of actual initial claims under state programs, unadjusted, totaled 642,381 in the week ending January 7, an increase of 102,314 from the previous week. There were 773,499 initial claims in the comparable week in 2011.

The advance unadjusted insured unemployment rate was 3.3 percent during the week ending December 31, an increase of 0.3 percentage point from the prior week's unrevised rate. The advance unadjusted number for persons claiming UI benefits in state programs totaled 4,139,988, an increase of 360,884 from the preceding week. A year earlier, the rate was 3.8 percent and the volume was 4,790,155.

The total number of people claiming benefits in all programs for the week ending December 24 was 7,333,213, an increase of 111,010 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, Maryland, 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 December 24.

Initial claims for UI benefits by former Federal civilian employees totaled 1,640 in the week ending December 31, a decrease of 452 from the prior week. There were 1,896 initial claims by newly discharged veterans, a decrease of 436 from the preceding week.

There were 29,868 former Federal civilian employees claiming UI benefits for the week ending December 24, a decrease of 909 from the previous week. Newly discharged veterans claiming benefits totaled 42,096, a decrease of 256 from the prior week.

States reported 2,926,676 persons claiming EUC (Emergency Unemployment Compensation) benefits for the week ending December 24, a decrease of 5,885 from the prior week. There were 3,773,092 claimants in the comparable week in 2011. EUC weekly claims include first, second, third, and fourth tier activity.

The highest insured unemployment rates in the week ending December 24 were in Alaska (7.4), Oregon (4.5), Idaho (4.1), Montana (4.1), Pennsylvania (4.1), Puerto Rico (4.1), Wisconsin (4.1), Nevada (3.8), New Jersey (3.8), Arkansas (3.7), Illinois (3.7), Michigan (3.7), and Rhode Island (3.7).

The largest increases in initial claims for the week ending December 31 were in Michigan (+10,364), Wisconsin (+10,203), Pennsylvania (+8,135), New Jersey (+7,989), and New York (+7,746) while the largest decreases were in California (-23,969), Illinois (-4,696), Texas (-2,385), Nevada (-1,590), and Kansas (-1,341).


UNEMPLOYMENT INSURANCE DATA FOR REGULAR STATE PROGRAMS


WEEK ENDING

Advance Jan. 7

Dec. 31

Change

Dec. 24

Prior Year1


Initial Claims (SA)

399,000

375,000

+24,000

387,000

437,000

Initial Claims (NSA)

642,381

540,067

+102,314

497,689

773,499

4-Wk Moving Average (SA)

381,750

374,000

+7,750

376,500

420,500

WEEK ENDING

Advance Dec. 31

Dec. 24

Change

Dec. 17

Prior Year1


Ins. Unemployment (SA)

3,628,000

3,609,000

+19,000

3,616,000

3,946,000

Ins. Unemployment (NSA)

4,139,988

3,779,104

+360,884

3,612,458

4,790,155

4-Wk Moving Average (SA)

3,605,000

3,605,000

0

3,602,500

4,076,250


Ins. Unemployment Rate (SA)2

2.9%

2.9%

0.0

2.9%

3.1%

Ins. Unemployment Rate (NSA)2

3.3%

3.0%

+0.3

2.9%

3.8%


INITIAL CLAIMS FILED IN FEDERAL PROGRAMS (UNADJUSTED)


WEEK ENDING

Dec. 31

Dec. 24

Change

Prior Year1

Federal Employees

1,640

2,092

-452

1,925

Newly Discharged Veterans

1,896

2,332

-436

2,043


PERSONS CLAIMING UI BENEFITS IN ALL PROGRAMS (UNADJUSTED)


WEEK ENDING

Dec. 24

Dec. 17

Change

Prior Year1

Regular State

3,771,782

3,602,539

+169,243

4,404,756

Federal Employees (UCFE)

29,868

30,777

-909

49,772

Newly Discharged Veterans (UCX)

42,096

42,352

-256

41,865

EUC 20083

2,926,676

2,932,561

-5,885

3,773,092

Extended Benefits4

528,215

570,791

-42,576

874,172

State Additional Benefits 5

3,891

4,524

-633

6,549

STC / Workshare 6

30,685

38,659

-7,974

44,717

TOTAL

7,333,213

7,222,203

+111,010

9,194,923


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 paid, 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 12/24/2011 


STATES WITH A DECREASE OF MORE THAN 1,000 


State

Change

 

State Supplied Comment

CA

-23,969

 

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

IL

-4,696

 

No comment.

TX

-2,385

 

No comment.

NV

-1,590

 

Fewer layoffs due to the holiday.

KS

-1,341

 

No comment.

FL

-1,059

 

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

NM

-1,041

 

No comment.


STATES WITH AN INCREASE OF MORE THAN 1,000 


State

Change

 

State Supplied Comment

MI

+10,364

 

No comment.

WI

+10,203

 

No comment.

PA

+8,135

 

Layoffs in the transportation, construction, wood product, and metal industries.

NJ

+7,989

 

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

NY

+7,746

 

Layoffs in the service, transportation, and construction industries.

GA

+7,707

 

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

NC

+6,849

 

Layoffs in the construction, textile, service, apparel, lumber and wood products, and furniture and fixture industries.

AL

+4,687

 

Layoffs in the textile, service, and apparel industries.

VA

+2,999

 

Layoffs in the manufacturing industry.

MA

+2,926

 

Layoffs in the transportation, warehousing, and manufacturing industries.

CT

+2,261

 

No comment.

OR

+1,778

 

No comment.

AR

+1,702

 

Layoffs in the manufacturing, and fitness and recreational industries.

SC

+1,622

 

Layoffs in the manufacturing and service industries.

MD

+1,221

 

No comment.

IA

+1,167

 

Layoffs in the manufacturing industry.

OH

+1,126

 

Layoffs in the manufacturing industry.

State Detail Prior Week
UI Claims Series 1967 to current


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