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EMPLOYMENT AND TRAINING ADMINISTRATION

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January 3, 2013

UNEMPLOYMENT INSURANCE WEEKLY CLAIMS REPORT

          SEASONALLY ADJUSTED DATA

In the week ending December 29, the advance figure for seasonally adjusted initial claims was 372,000, an increase of 10,000 from the previous week's revised figure of 362,000. The 4-week moving average was 360,000, an increase of 250 from the previous week's revised average of 359,750.

The advance seasonally adjusted insured unemployment rate was 2.5 percent for the week ending December 22, unchanged from the prior week's unrevised rate. The advance number for seasonally adjusted insured unemployment during the week ending December 22 was 3,245,000, an increase of 44,000 from the preceding week's revised level of 3,201,000. The 4-week moving average was 3,224,250, an increase of 6,500 from the preceding week's revised average of 3,217,750.

UNADJUSTED DATA

The advance number of actual initial claims under state programs, unadjusted, totaled 495,588 in the week ending December 29, an increase of 40,459 from the previous week. There were 540,057 initial claims in the comparable week in 2011.

The advance unadjusted insured unemployment rate was 2.6 percent during the week ending December 22, a increase 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 3,293,218, an increase of 43,722 from the preceding week. A year earlier, the rate was 3.0 percent and the volume was 3,779,025.

The total number of people claiming benefits in all programs for the week ending December 15 was 5,402,987, a decrease of 68,727 from the previous week. There were 7,223,309 persons claiming benefits in all programs in the comparable week in 2011.

Extended Benefits were not available in any state during the week ending December 15.

Initial claims for UI benefits filed by former Federal civilian employees totaled 1,732 in the week ending December 22, an increase of 52 from the prior week. There were 2,575 initial claims filed by newly discharged veterans, an increase of 1 from the preceding week.

There were 22,220 former Federal civilian employees claiming UI benefits for the week ending December 15, an increase of 1,125 from the previous week. Newly discharged veterans claiming benefits totaled 39,789, a decrease of 772 from the prior week.

States reported 2,065,706 persons claiming EUC (Emergency Unemployment Compensation) benefits for the week ending December 15, a decrease of 30,537 from the prior week. There were 2,932,561 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 December 15 were in Alaska (6.6), Puerto Rico (3.9), New Jersey (3.8), Pennsylvania (3.8), Montana (3.6), California (3.4), Nevada (3.4), Oregon (3.4), Connecticut (3.3), and Wisconsin (3.3).

The largest increases in initial claims for the week ending December 22 were in Ohio (+8,795), Michigan (+6,641), Pennsylvania (+5,530), Kentucky (+4,745), and Massachusetts (+4,330), while the largest decreases were in California (-11,789), West Virginia (-473), Florida (-450), Arizona (-192) and South Dakota (-186).


UNEMPLOYMENT INSURANCE DATA FOR REGULAR STATE PROGRAMS


WEEK ENDING

Advance Dec. 29

Dec. 22

Change

Dec. 15

Prior Year1


Initial Claims (SA)

372,000

362,000

+10,000

362,000

383,000

Initial Claims (NSA)

495,588

455,129

+40,459

401,429

540,057

4-Wk Moving Average (SA)

360,000

359,750

+250

368,000

377,000

WEEK ENDING

Advance Dec. 22

Dec. 15

Change

Dec. 8

Prior Year1


Ins. Unemployment (SA)

3,245,000

3,201,000

+44,000

3,238,000

3,606,000

Ins. Unemployment (NSA)

3,293,218

3,249,496

+43,722

3,244,564

3,779,025

4-Wk Moving Average (SA)

3,224,250

3,217,750

+6,500

3,243,750

3,596,250


Ins. Unemployment Rate (SA)2

2.5%

2.5%

0.0

2.5%

2.9%

Ins. Unemployment Rate (NSA)2

2.6%

2.5%

+0.1

2.5%

3.0%


INITIAL CLAIMS FILED IN FEDERAL PROGRAMS (UNADJUSTED)


WEEK ENDING

Dec. 22

Dec. 15

Change

Prior Year1

Federal Employees

1,732

1,680

+52

2,092

Newly Discharged Veterans

2,575

2,574

+1

2,332


PERSONS CLAIMING UI BENEFITS IN ALL PROGRAMS (UNADJUSTED)


WEEK ENDING

Dec. 15

Dec. 8

Change

Prior Year1

Regular State

3,243,617

3,238,182

+5,435

3,603,495

Federal Employees (UCFE)

22,220

21,095

+1,125

30,787

Newly Discharged Veterans (UCX)

39,789

40,561

-772

42,374

EUC 20083

2,065,706

2,096,243

-30,537

2,932,561

Extended Benefits4

2,322

44,610

-42,288

570,908

State Additional Benefits 5

6,014

6,056

-42

4,525

STC / Workshare 6

23,319

24,967

-1,648

38,659

TOTAL

5,402,987

5,471,714

-68,727

7,223,309

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 12/22/2012


STATES WITH A DECREASE OF MORE THAN 1,000 


State

Change

 

State Supplied Comment

CA

-11,789

 

Fewer layoffs in all sectors, with the largest decrease in the service industry.


STATES WITH AN INCREASE OF MORE THAN 1,000


State

Change

 

State Supplied Comment

OH

+8,795

 

Layoffs in the automobile and manufacturing industries.

MI

+6,641

 

Layoffs in the manufacturing industry.

PA

+5,530

 

Layoffs in the entertainment and accommodations, and food service industries.

KY

+4,745

 

No comment.

MA

+4,330

 

Layoffs in the educational services, construction, transportation, retail, food service and manufacturing industries.

NJ

+3,710

 

Layoffs in the educational services, construction, manufacturing, and real estate and rental industries.

IL

+3,445

 

Layoffs in the construction and manufacturing industries.

VA

+3,366

 

No comment.

WI

+2,833

 

No comment.

NY

+2,401

 

Layoffs in the construction, food service, professional, scientific, and technical service industries.

CT

+2,084

 

No comment.

WA

+2,008

 

Layoffs in the agriculture, forestry, fishing and hunting, and construction industries.

IA

+1,648

 

Layoffs in construction and manufacturing industries.

NC

+1,394

 

Layoffs in the business services and construction industries.

MD

+1,353

 

No comment.

MO

+1,311

 

Layoffs in the accommodation and food service industries.

OK

+1,198

 

No comment.

IN

+1,175

 

Layoffs in the construction and transportation manufacturing industries.

OR

+1,150

 

Layoffs in seasonal industries.

AR

+1,092

 

No comment.

TN

+1,030

 

Layoffs in the administrative and supporting service, food service, specialty trade contractors, metal, and construction industries.

State Detail Prior Week
UI Claims Series 1967 to current


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