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EMPLOYMENT AND TRAINING ADMINISTRATION

USDL 12-1748-NAT

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August 23, 2012

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UNEMPLOYMENT INSURANCE WEEKLY CLAIMS REPORT

          SEASONALLY ADJUSTED DATA

In the week ending August 18, the advance figure for seasonally adjusted initial claims was 372,000, an increase of 4,000 from the previous week's revised figure of 368,000. The 4-week moving average was 368,000, an increase of 3,750 from the previous week's revised average of 364,250.

The advance seasonally adjusted insured unemployment rate was 2.6 percent for the week ending August 11, unchanged from the prior week's unrevised rate.

The advance number for seasonally adjusted insured unemployment during the week ending August 11, was 3,317,000, an increase of 4,000 from the preceding week's revised level of 3,313,000. The 4-week moving average was 3,311,500, an increase of 6,500 from the preceding week's revised average of 3,305,000.

UNADJUSTED DATA

The advance number of actual initial claims under state programs, unadjusted, totaled 310,121 in the week ending August 18, a decrease of 7,320 from the previous week. There were 344,870 initial claims in the comparable week in 2011.

The advance unadjusted insured unemployment rate was 2.5 percent during the week ending August 11, unchanged from the prior week's unrevised rate. The advance unadjusted number for persons claiming UI benefits in state programs totaled 3,164,819, a decrease of 15,192 from the preceding week. A year earlier, the rate was 2.8 percent and the volume was 3,557,586.

The total number of people claiming benefits in all programs for the week ending August 4 was 5,594,498 , a decrease of 109,812 from the previous week.

Extended benefits were only available in Idaho during the week ending August 4.

Initial claims for UI benefits by former Federal civilian employees totaled 1,144 in the week ending August 11, a decrease of 102 from the prior week. There were 2,577 initial claims by newly discharged veterans, an increase of 39 from the preceding week.

There were 17,456 former Federal civilian employees claiming UI benefits for the week ending August 4, a decrease of 659 from the previous week. Newly discharged veterans claiming benefits totaled 38,487, a decrease of 1,612 from the prior week.

States reported 2,326,635 persons claiming EUC (Emergency Unemployment Compensation) benefits for the week ending August 4, a decrease of 47,334 from the prior week. There were 3,086,781 persons claiming EUC 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 August 4 were in Puerto Rico (4.7), theVirgin Islands (4.6), Pennsylvania (3.8), New Jersey (3.7), Connecticut (3.6), Alaska (3.6), California (3.5), Rhode Island (3.2), New York (3.1), and Nevada (3.0).

The largest increases in initial claims for the week ending August 11 were in California (+7,941), Puerto Rico (+1,980), Oregon (+755), Idaho (+527), and Connecticut (+306), while the largest decreases were in Michigan (-2,324), Pennsylvania (-1,879), Indiana (-1,485), Illinois (-1,223), and Massachsetts (-1,212).


UNEMPLOYMENT INSURANCE DATA FOR REGULAR STATE PROGRAMS


WEEK ENDING

Advance August 18

August 11

Change

August 4

Prior Year1


Initial Claims (SA)

372,000

368,000

+4,000

364,000

414,000

Initial Claims (NSA)

310,121

317,441

-7,320

320,219

344,870

4-Wk Moving Average (SA)

368,000

364,250

+3,750

369,250

405,750

WEEK ENDING

Advance August 11

August 4

Change

July 28

Prior Year1


Ins. Unemployment (SA)

3,317,000

3,313,000

+4,000

3,336,000

3,737,000

Ins. Unemployment (NSA)

3,164,819

3,180,011

-15,192

3,242,883

3,557,586

4-Wk Moving Average (SA)

3,311,500

3,305,000

+6,500

3,306,000

3,719,500


Ins. Unemployment Rate (SA)2

2.6%

2.6%

0.0

2.6%

3.0%

Ins. Unemployment Rate (NSA)2

2.5%

2.5%

0.0

2.5%

2.8%


INITIAL CLAIMS FILED IN FEDERAL PROGRAMS (UNADJUSTED)


WEEK ENDING

August 11

August 4

Change

Prior Year1

Federal Employees

1,144

1,246

-102

1,958

Newly Discharged Veterans

2,577

2,538

+39

2,539


PERSONS CLAIMING UI BENEFITS IN ALL PROGRAMS (UNADJUSTED)


WEEK ENDING

August 4

July 28

Change

Prior Year1

Regular State

3,172,438

3,234,839

-62,401

3,541,748

Federal Employees (UCFE)

17,456

18,115

-659

26,778

Newly Discharged Veterans (UCX)

38,487

40,099

-1,612

38,131

EUC 20083

2,326,635

2,373,969

-47,334

3,086,781

Extended Benefits4

4,236

5,223

-987

549,307

State Additional Benefits 5

5,741

5,319

+422

4,631

STC / Workshare 6

29,505

26,746

+2,759

41,643

TOTAL

5,594,498

5,704,310

-109,812

7,289,019


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 08/11/2012


STATES WITH A DECREASE OF MORE THAN 1,000 


State

Change

 

State Supplied Comment

MI

-2,324

 

No comment.

PA

-1,879

 

Fewer layoff in the scientific and technology service, health care and social service, transportation, and retail trade industries.

IN

-1,485

 

No comment.

IL

-1,223

 

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

MA

-1,212

 

No comment.


STATES WITH AN INCREASE OF MORE THAN 1,000 


State

Change

 

State Supplied Comment

CA

+7,941

 

Layoffs in the service industry.

PR

+1,980

 

No comment.

State Detail Prior Week
UI Claims Series 1967 to current


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