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EMPLOYMENT AND TRAINING ADMINISTRATION

USDL 12-2291-NAT

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November 21, 2012

UNEMPLOYMENT INSURANCE WEEKLY CLAIMS REPORT

          SEASONALLY ADJUSTED DATA

In the week ending November 17, the advance figure for seasonally adjusted initial claims was 410,000, a decrease of 41,000 from the previous week's revised figure of 451,000. The 4-week moving average was 396,250, an increase of 9,500 from the previous week's revised average of 386,750.

The advance seasonally adjusted insured unemployment rate was 2.6 percent for the week ending November 10, unchanged from the prior week's unrevised rate. The advance number for seasonally adjusted insured unemployment during the week ending November 10 was 3,337,000, a decrease of 30,000 from the preceding week's revised level of 3,367,000. The 4-week moving average was 3,285,000, an increase of 19,500 from the preceding week's revised average of 3,265,500.

UNADJUSTED DATA

The advance number of actual initial claims under state programs, unadjusted, totaled 397,671 in the week ending November 17, a decrease of 80,872 from the previous week. There were 440,157 initial claims in the comparable week in 2011.

The advance unadjusted insured unemployment rate was 2.3 percent during the week ending November 10, unchanged from the prior week's unrevised rate. The advance unadjusted number for persons claiming UI benefits in state programs totaled 2,926,884, a decrease of 36,314 from the preceding week. A year earlier, the rate was 2.7 percent and the volume was 3,374,259.

The total number of people claiming benefits in all programs for the week ending November 3 was 5,241,296, an increase of 244,125 from the previous week. There were 6,728,664 persons claiming benefits in all programs in the comparable week in 2011.

Extended Benefits were only available in New York during the week ending November 3.

Initial claims for UI benefits filed by former Federal civilian employees totaled 2,076 in the week ending November 10, an increase of 532 from the prior week. There were 2,801 initial claims filed by newly discharged veterans, an increase of 152 from the preceding week.

There were 19,368 former Federal civilian employees claiming UI benefits for the week ending November 3, an increase of 968 from the previous week. Newly discharged veterans claiming benefits totaled 39,603, an increase of 671 from the prior week.

States reported 2,156,363 persons claiming EUC (Emergency Unemployment Compensation) benefits for the week ending November 3, an increase of 60,758 from the prior week. There were 2,896,640 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 November 3 were in Alaska (5.1), Puerto Rico (3.8), New Jersey (3.6), Virgin Islands (3.5), Connecticut (3.4), Pennsylvania (3.3), California (3.2), New York (3.1), Oregon (3.1), Arkansas (2.8), Nevada (2.8), and West Virginia (2.8).

The largest increases in initial claims for the week ending November 10 were in New York (+43,956), New Jersey (+31,094), California (+24,693), Pennsylvania (+7,037), and Connecticut (+1,808), while the largest decreases were in Ohio (-4,996), Indiana (-877), Arkansas (-665), Massachusetts (-607), and Maryland (-576).


UNEMPLOYMENT INSURANCE DATA FOR REGULAR STATE PROGRAMS


WEEK ENDING

Advance Nov. 17

Nov. 10

Change

Nov. 3

Prior Year1


Initial Claims (SA)

410,000

451,000

-41,000

361,000

391,000

Initial Claims (NSA)

397,671

478,543

-80,872

361,800

440,157

4-Wk Moving Average (SA)

396,250

386,750

+9,500

372,000

392,250

WEEK ENDING

Advance Nov. 10

Nov. 3

Change

Oct. 27

Prior Year1


Ins. Unemployment (SA)

3,337,000

3,367,000

-30,000

3,174,000

3,676,000

Ins. Unemployment (NSA)

2,926,884

2,963,198

-36,314

2,783,667

3,374,259

4-Wk Moving Average (SA)

3,285,000

3,265,500

+19,500

3,239,500

3,655,250


Ins. Unemployment Rate (SA)2

2.6%

2.6%

0.0

2.5%

2.9%

Ins. Unemployment Rate (NSA)2

2.3%

2.3%

0.0

2.2%

2.7%


INITIAL CLAIMS FILED IN FEDERAL PROGRAMS (UNADJUSTED)


WEEK ENDING

Nov. 10

Nov. 3

Change

Prior Year1

Federal Employees

2,076

1,544

+532

2,430

Newly Discharged Veterans

2,801

2,649

+152

2,399


PERSONS CLAIMING UI BENEFITS IN ALL PROGRAMS (UNADJUSTED)


WEEK ENDING

Nov. 3

Oct. 27

Change

Prior Year1

Regular State

2,956,208

2,776,844

+179,364

3,168,697

Federal Employees (UCFE)

19,368

18,400

+968

28,322

Newly Discharged Veterans (UCX)

39,603

38,932

+671

40,149

EUC 20083

2,156,363

2,095,605

+60,758

2,896,640

Extended Benefits4

37,588

36,584

+1,004

555,256

State Additional Benefits 5

5,866

5,627

+239

4,647

STC / Workshare 6

26,300

25,179

+1,121

34,953

TOTAL

5,241,296

4,997,171

+244,125

6,728,664

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 128,066,082 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 11/10/2012


STATES WITH A DECREASE OF MORE THAN 1,000


State

Change

 

State Supplied Comment

OH

-4,996

 

Fewer layoffs in the manufacturing industry.


STATES WITH AN INCREASE OF MORE THAN 1,000


State

Change

 

State Supplied Comment

NY

+43,956

 

Increase in initial claims due to Hurricane Sandy. These separations were primarily in the construction, food service, and transportation industries.

NJ

+31,094

 

Increase in initial claims due to Hurricane Sandy. These separation were primarily in the accommodation and food services, manufacturing, transportation and warehousing, administrative service, healthcare and social assistance,construction, retail, professional, trade, educational service, and public administration industries.

CA

+24,693

 

Increase in the service industry.

PA

+7,037

 

Increase in initial claims due to Hurricane Sandy. These separations were primarily in the construction and transportation industries.

CT

+1,808

 

Increase in initial claims due to Hurricane Sandy.

WI

+1,674

 

No comment.

TX

+1,532

 

No comment.

MN

+1,317

 

No comment.

OR

+1,249

 

Layoffs in the agriculture and construction industries.

VA

+1,212

 

Layoffs in the administrative and support service and construction industries.

WV

+1,000

 

Layoffs in the agriculture, forestry, fishing, mining, trade, transportation and warehousing, and public administration industries.

State Detail Prior Week
UI Claims Series 1967 to current


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