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EMPLOYMENT AND TRAINING ADMINISTRATION

USDL 12-1632-NAT

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August 9, 2012

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UNEMPLOYMENT INSURANCE WEEKLY CLAIMS REPORT

          SEASONALLY ADJUSTED DATA

In the week ending August 4, the advance figure for seasonally adjusted initial claims was 361,000, a decrease of 6,000 from the previous week's revised figure of 367,000. The 4-week moving average was 368,250, an increase of 2,250 from the previous week's revised average of 366,000.

The advance seasonally adjusted insured unemployment rate was 2.6 percent for the week ending July 28, unchanged from the prior week's unrevised rate.

The advance number for seasonally adjusted insured unemployment during the week ending July 28 was 3,332,000, an increase of 53,000 from the preceding week's revised level of 3,279,000. The 4-week moving average was 3,304,750, an increase of 4,500 from the preceding week's revised average of 3,300,250.

UNADJUSTED DATA

The advance number of actual initial claims under state programs, unadjusted, totaled 317,580 in the week ending August 4, an increase of 4,934 from the previous week. There were 354,408 initial claims in the comparable week in 2011.

The advance unadjusted insured unemployment rate was 2.5 percent during the week ending July 28, unchanged from the prior week's unrevised rate. The advance unadjusted number for persons claiming UI benefits in state programs totaled 3,239,100, a decrease of 7,551 from the preceding week. A year earlier, the rate was 2.8 percent and the volume was 3,580,433.

The total number of people claiming benefits in all programs for the week ending July 21 was 5,750,084, a decrease of 214,367 from the previous week.

Extended benefits were only available in Idaho during the week ending July 21,

Initial claims for UI benefits by former Federal civilian employees totaled 1,455 in the week ending July 28, an increase of 125 from the prior week. There were 2,418 initial claims by newly discharged veterans, a decrease of 104 from the preceding week.

There were 17,456 former Federal civilian employees claiming UI benefits for the week ending July 21, a decrease of 494 from the previous week. Newly discharged veterans claiming benefits totaled 39,172, a decrease of 32 from the prior week.

States reported 2,412,938 persons claiming EUC (Emergency Unemployment Compensation) benefits for the week ending July 21, a decrease of 119,890 from the prior week. There were 3,158,312 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 21 were in Puerto Rico (4.3), theVirgin Islands (4.1), New Jersey (3.8), Pennsylvania (3.8), Alaska (3.6), Connecticut (3.6), California (3.5), Rhode Island (3.4), New York (3.2), and Nevada (3.1).

The largest increases in initial claims for the week ending July 28 were in New York (+3,250), Washington (+485), Nebraska (+136), Mississippi (+111), and Connecticut (+46), while the largest decreases were in Kentucky (-4,884), California (-4,738), Georgia (-2,206), Florida (-1,840), and Ohio (-1,810).


UNEMPLOYMENT INSURANCE DATA FOR REGULAR STATE PROGRAMS


WEEK ENDING

Advance August 4

July 28

Change

July 21

Prior Year1


Initial Claims (SA)

361,000

367,000

-6,000

357,000

399,000

Initial Claims (NSA)

317,580

312,646

+4,934

340,780

354,408

4-Wk Moving Average (SA)

368,250

366,000

+2,250

368,250

405,250

WEEK ENDING

Advance July 28

July 21

Change

July 14

Prior Year1


Ins. Unemployment (SA)

3,332,000

3,279,000

+53,000

3,291,000

3,695,000

Ins. Unemployment (NSA)

3,239,100

3,246,651

-7,551

3,336,728

3,580,433

4-Wk Moving Average (SA)

3,304,750

3,300,250

+4,500

3,310,000

3,718,500


Ins. Unemployment Rate (SA)2

2.6%

2.6%

0.0

2.6%

2.9%

Ins. Unemployment Rate (NSA)2

2.5%

2.5%

0.0

2.6%

2.8%


INITIAL CLAIMS FILED IN FEDERAL PROGRAMS (UNADJUSTED)


WEEK ENDING

July 28

July 21

Change

Prior Year1

Federal Employees

1,455

1,330

+125

3,145

Newly Discharged Veterans

2,418

2,522

-104

2,651



PERSONS CLAIMING UI BENEFITS IN ALL PROGRAMS (UNADJUSTED)


WEEK ENDING

July 21

July 14

Change

Prior Year1

Regular State

3,238,553

3,329,538

-90,985

3,670,074

Federal Employees (UCFE)

17,456

17,950

-494

24,726

Newly Discharged Veterans (UCX)

39,172

39,204

-32

38,268

EUC 20083

2,412,938

2,532,828

-119,890

3,158,312

Extended Benefits4

6,346

13,207

-6,861

541,779

State Additional Benefits 5

5,430

5,171

+259

4,862

STC / Workshare 6

30,189

26,553

+3,636

40,160

TOTAL

5,750,084

5,964,451

-214,367

7,478,181


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 07/28/2012


STATES WITH A DECREASE OF MORE THAN 1,000 


State

Change

 

State Supplied Comment

KY

-4,884

 

No comment.

CA

-4,738

 

Fewer layoffs in the service industry.

GA

-2,206

 

Fewer layoffs in the manufacturing, trade, health care, and accommodation and food service industries.

FL

-1,840

 

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

OH

-1,810

 

No comment.

PA

-1,397

 

No comment.

AL

-1,333

 

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

NJ

-1,278

 

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

TN

-1,269

 

Fewer layoffs in the manufacturing, administrative support service, and special trade contractor service industries.

SC

-1,219

 

Fewer layoff in the manufacturing industry.

NC

-1,182

 

Fewer layoffs in the manufacturing, and construction industries.

STATES WITH AN INCREASE OF MORE THAN 1,000 


State

Change

 

State Supplied Comment

NY

+3,250

 

Layoffs in the construction, retail trade, and health care service industries.

State Detail Prior Week
UI Claims Series 1967 to current


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