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EMPLOYMENT AND TRAINING ADMINISTRATION

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August 2, 2012

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UNEMPLOYMENT INSURANCE WEEKLY CLAIMS REPORT

          SEASONALLY ADJUSTED DATA

In the week ending July 28 the advance figure for seasonally adjusted initial claims was 365,000, an increase of 8,000 from the previous week's revised figure of 357,000. The 4-week moving average was 365,500, a decrease of 2,750 from the previous week's revised average of 368,250.

The advance seasonally adjusted insured unemployment rate was 2.6 percent for the week ending July 21, unchanged from the prior week's unrevised rate.

The advance number for seasonally adjusted insured unemployment during the week ending July 21 was 3,272,000, a decrease of 19,000 from the preceding week's revised level of 3,291,000. The 4-week moving average was 3,298,500, a decrease of 11,500 from the preceding week's revised average of 3,310,000.

UNADJUSTED DATA

The advance number of actual initial claims under state programs, unadjusted, totaled 310,492 in the week ending July 28, a decrease of 30,083 from the previous week. There were 341,103 initial claims in the comparable week in 2011.

The advance unadjusted insured unemployment rate was 2.5 percent during the week ending July 21, a decrease of 0.1 percentage point from the prior week's unrevised rate. The advance unadjusted number for persons claiming UI benefits in state programs totaled 3,239,615, a decrease of 97,192 from the preceding week. A year earlier, the rate was 2.9 percent and the volume was 3,680,729.

The total number of people claiming benefits in all programs for the week ending July 14 was 5,964,553, a decrease of 69,672 from the previous week.

Extended benefits were only available in Idaho during the week ending July 14,

Initial claims for UI benefits by former Federal civilian employees totaled 1,333 in the week ending July 21, a decrease of 325 from the prior week. There were 2,513 initial claims by newly discharged veterans, a decrease of 263 from the preceding week.

There were 17,979 former Federal civilian employees claiming UI benefits for the week ending July 14, an increase of 1,004 from the previous week. Newly discharged veterans claiming benefits totaled 39,198, an increase of 152 from the prior week.

States reported 2,532,828 persons claiming EUC (Emergency Unemployment Compensation) benefits for the week ending July 14, a decrease of 23,628 from the prior week. There were 3,184,621 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 July 14 were in the Virgin Islands (4.8), Puerto Rico (4.3), Pennsylvania (4.1), New Jersey (3.8), Alaska (3.7), Connecticut (3.7), California (3.6), Rhode Island (3.5), New York (3.2), and Nevada (3.2).

The largest increases in initial claims for the week ending July 21 were in Kentucky (+4,073), Vermont (+236), Puerto Rico (+48), the Virgin Islands (+14), and South Dakota (+10), while the largest decreases were in California (-32,107), New York (-15,615), North Carolina (-12,448), Georgia (-7,923), and Alabama (-5,122).


UNEMPLOYMENT INSURANCE DATA FOR REGULAR STATE PROGRAMS


WEEK ENDING

Advance July 28

July 21

Change

July 14

Prior Year1


Initial Claims (SA)

365,000

357,000

+8,000

388,000

402,000

Initial Claims (NSA)

310,492

340,575

-30,083

455,260

341,103

4-Wk Moving Average (SA)

365,500

368,250

-2,750

376,000

408,000

WEEK ENDING

Advance July 21

July 14

Change

July 7

Prior Year1


Ins. Unemployment (SA)

3,272,000

3,291,000

-19,000

3,317,000

3,737,000

Ins. Unemployment (NSA)

3,239,615

3,336,807

-97,192

3,360,067

3,680,729

4-Wk Moving Average (SA)

3,298,500

3,310,000

-11,500

3,312,750

3,729,000


Ins. Unemployment Rate (SA)2

2.6%

2.6%

0.0

2.6%

3.0%

Ins. Unemployment Rate (NSA)2

2.5%

2.6%

-0.1

2.6%

2.9%


INITIAL CLAIMS FILED IN FEDERAL PROGRAMS (UNADJUSTED)


WEEK ENDING

July 21

July 14

Change

Prior Year1

Federal Employees

1,333

1,658

-325

1,781

Newly Discharged Veterans

2,513

2,776

-263

2,697


PERSONS CLAIMING UI BENEFITS IN ALL PROGRAMS (UNADJUSTED)


WEEK ENDING

July 14

July 7

Change

Prior Year1

Regular State

3,329,617

3,353,053

-23,436

3,742,234

Federal Employees (UCFE)

17,979

16,975

+1,004

25,677

Newly Discharged Veterans (UCX)

39,198

39,046

+152

37,709

EUC 20083

2,532,828

2,556,456

-23,628

3,184,621

Extended Benefits4

13,207

36,127

-22,920

531,698

State Additional Benefits 5

5,171

4,791

+380

4,862

STC / Workshare 6

26,553

27,777

-1,224

41,307

TOTAL

5,964,553

6,034,225

-69,672

7,568,108


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 127,495,952 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 07/21/2012


STATES WITH A DECREASE OF MORE THAN 1,000 


State

Change

 

State Supplied Comment

CA

-32,107

 

Fewer layoffs in the service industry

NY

-15,615

 

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

NC

-12,448

 

Fewer layoffs in the transportation equipment, textile mill, furniture and fixtures, business service, wholesale trade and durable goods production industries.

GA

-7,923

 

Fewer layoffs in the manufacturing, administrative support services, trade, and construction industries.

AL

-5,122

 

Fewer layoffs in the transportation equipment manufacturing, administrative support service and waste managment remediation, construction, and accommodation and food service industries.

WI

-4,427

 

No comment.

OR

-3,974

 

No comment.

SC

-3,339

 

Fewer layoffs in the manufacturing industry.

PA

3,303

 

Fewer layoffs in the construction, professional, scientific and technology service, educational service, entertainment, lodging, food service, and transportation service industries.

FL

-3,003

 

Fewer layoff in the construction, manufacturing, wholesale trade, and retail trade industries.

VA

-2,485

 

Fewer layoff in the manufacturing industry.

WA

-2,228

 

No comment.

MO

-2,191

 

Fewer layoffs in the manufacturing, and construction industries.

TX

-1,898

 

Fewer layoffs in the manufacturing, administrative support service, educational service, and retail trade service industries.

MI

-1,898

 

No Comment.

MN

-1,587

 

No Comment.

CT

-1,504

 

No Comment.

TN

-1,189

 

Fewer layoffs in the administrative support service, plastics and rubber product manufacturing, specialty trade contractors, food service, and transportation equipment manufacturing.

OH

-1,175

 

No comment.

STATES WITH AN INCREASE OF MORE THAN 1,000 


State

Change

 

State Supplied Comment

KY

+4,073

 

No comment.

State Detail Prior Week
UI Claims Series 1967 to current


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