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EMPLOYMENT AND TRAINING ADMINISTRATION

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October 11, 2012

UNEMPLOYMENT INSURANCE WEEKLY CLAIMS REPORT

          SEASONALLY ADJUSTED DATA

In the week ending October 6, the advance figure for seasonally adjusted initial claims was 339,000, a decrease of 30,000 from the previous week's revised figure of 369,000. The 4-week moving average was 364,000, a decrease of 11,500 from the previous week's revised average of 375,500.

The advance seasonally adjusted insured unemployment rate was 2.6 percent for the week ending September 29, unchanged from the prior week's unrevised rate. The advance number for seasonally adjusted insured unemployment during the week ending September 29 was 3,273,000, a decrease of 15,000 from the preceding week's revised level of 3,288,000. The 4-week moving average was 3,279,250, a decrease of 7,750 from the preceding week's revised average of 3,287,000.

UNADJUSTED DATA

The advance number of actual initial claims under state programs, unadjusted, totaled 327,063 in the week ending October 6, an increase of 25,990 from the previous week. There were 405,906 initial claims in the comparable week in 2011.

The advance unadjusted insured unemployment rate was 2.2 percent during the week ending September 29, unchanged from the prior week's unrevised rate. The advance unadjusted number for persons claiming UI benefits in state programs totaled 2,778,396, a decrease of 42,837 from the preceding week. A year earlier, the rate was 2.5 percent and the volume was 3,113,245.

The total number of people claiming benefits in all programs for the week ending September 22 was 5,044,649, a decrease of 43,970 from the previous week. There were 6,819,938 persons claiming benefits in all programs in the comparable week in 2011.

Extended Benefits were only available in New York during the week ending September 22.

Initial claims for UI benefits by former Federal civilian employees totaled 1,545 in the week ending September 29, an increase of 230 from the prior week. There were 2,514 initial claims by newly discharged veterans, an increase of 4 from the preceding week.

There were 17,283 former Federal civilian employees claiming UI benefits for the week ending September 22, an increase of 704 from the previous week. Newly discharged veterans claiming benefits totaled 38,511, a decrease of 18 from the prior week.

States reported 2,106,072 persons claiming EUC (Emergency Unemployment Compensation) benefits for the week ending September 22, a decrease of 36,977 from the prior week. There were 3,016,035 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 September 22 were in Puerto Rico (3.9), Alaska (3.7), Virgin Islands (3.7), Pennsylvania (3.2), New Jersey (3.1), California (3.1), Connecticut (2.9), Nevada (2.7), and Oregon (2.7).

The largest increases in initial claims for the week ending September 29 were in New York (+2,764), California (+2,069), North Carolina (+1,217), Pennsylvania (+989), and Arkansas (+538), while the largest decreases were in Mississippi (-3,393), Michigan (-2,639), Florida (-1,972), Ohio (-1,723), and Oregon (-1,135).


UNEMPLOYMENT INSURANCE DATA FOR REGULAR STATE PROGRAMS


WEEK ENDING

Advance Oct. 6

Sept. 29

Change

Sept. 22

Prior Year1


Initial Claims (SA)

339,000

369,000

-30,000

363,000

402,000

Initial Claims (NSA)

327,063

301,073

+25,990

303,685

405,906

4-Wk Moving Average (SA)

364,000

375,500

-11,500

375,000

403,500

WEEK ENDING

Advance Sept. 29

Sept. 22

Change

Sept. 15

Prior Year1


Ins. Unemployment (SA)

3,273,000

3,288,000

-15,000

3,281,000

3,680,000

Ins. Unemployment (NSA)

2,778,396

2,821,233

-42,837

2,841,521

3,113,245

4-Wk Moving Average (SA)

3,279,250

3,287,000

-7,750

3,298,000

3,705,750


Ins. Unemployment Rate (SA)2

2.6%

2.6%

0.0

2.6%

2.9%

Ins. Unemployment Rate (NSA)2

2.2%

2.2%

0.0

2.2%

2.5%


INITIAL CLAIMS FILED IN FEDERAL PROGRAMS (UNADJUSTED)


WEEK ENDING

Sept. 29

Sept. 22

Change

Prior Year1

Federal Employees

1,545

1,315

+230

2,424

Newly Discharged Veterans

2,514

2,510

+4

2,748


PERSONS CLAIMING UI BENEFITS IN ALL PROGRAMS (UNADJUSTED)


WEEK ENDING

Sept. 22

Sept. 15

Change

Prior Year1

Regular State

2,813,897

2,834,061

-20,164

3,155,266

Federal Employees (UCFE)

17,283

16,579

+704

24,928

Newly Discharged Veterans (UCX)

38,511

38,529

-18

39,134

EUC 20083

2,106,072

2,143,049

-36,977

3,016,035

Extended Benefits4

35,186

21,384

+13,802

535,518

State Additional Benefits 5

6,295

6,311

-16

4,693

STC / Workshare 6

27,405

28,706

-1,301

44,364

TOTAL

5,044,649

5,088,619

-43,970

6,819,938

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 09/29/2012


STATES WITH A DECREASE OF MORE THAN 1,000


State

Change

 

State Supplied Comment

MS

-3,393

 

No comment.

MI

-2,639

 

No comment.

FL

-1,972

 

Fewer layoffs in the agriculture, construction manufacturing, and wholesale trade industries.

OH

-1,723

 

Fewer layoffs in the manufacutring industry.

OR

-1,135

 

No comment.


STATES WITH AN INCREASE OF MORE THAN 1,000


State

Change

 

State Supplied Comment

NY

+2,764

 

Layoffs in the construction, transportation, and food service industry.

CA

+2,069

 

No comment.

NC

+1,217

 

Layoffs in the construction and manufacturing industries.

State Detail Prior Week
UI Claims Series 1967 to current


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