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January 17, 2013

UNEMPLOYMENT INSURANCE WEEKLY CLAIMS REPORT

          SEASONALLY ADJUSTED DATA

In the week ending January 12, the advance figure for seasonally adjusted initial claims was 335,000, a decrease of 37,000 from the previous week's revised figure of 372,000. The 4-week moving average was 359,250, a decrease of 6,750 from the previous week's revised average of 366,000.

The advance seasonally adjusted insured unemployment rate was 2.5 percent for the week ending January 5, an increase of 0.1 percentage point from the prior week's unrevised rate. The advance number for seasonally adjusted insured unemployment during the week ending January 5 was 3,214,000, an increase of 87,000 from the preceding week's revised level of 3,127,000. The 4-week moving average was 3,195,750, a decrease of 6,000 from the preceding week's revised average of 3,201,750.

UNADJUSTED DATA

The advance number of actual initial claims under state programs, unadjusted, totaled 555,708 in the week ending January 12, an increase of 2,360 from the previous week. There were 525,422 initial claims in the comparable week in 2012.

The advance unadjusted insured unemployment rate was 3.0 percent during the week ending January 5, an 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 3,850,441, an increase of 170,067 from the preceding week. A year earlier, the rate was 3.2 percent and the volume was 4,109,127.

The total number of people claiming benefits in all programs for the week ending December 29 was 5,821,966, an increase of 465,547 from the previous week. There were 7,826,846 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 29.

Initial claims for UI benefits filed by former Federal civilian employees totaled 1,756 in the week ending January 5, an increase of 622 from the prior week. There were 2,367 initial claims filed by newly discharged veterans, an increase of 776 from the preceding week.

There were 22,075 former Federal civilian employees claiming UI benefits for the week ending December 29, an increase of 1,219 from the previous week. Newly discharged veterans claiming benefits totaled 38,692, an increase of 487 from the prior week.

States reported 2,059,438 persons claiming EUC (Emergency Unemployment Compensation) benefits for the week ending December 29, an increase of 67,984 from the prior week. There were 3,026,855 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 29 were in Alaska (6.9), Pennsylvania (4.3), New Jersey (4.2), Wisconsin (4.2), Montana (4.1), Puerto Rico (4.1), Connecticut (4.0), Idaho (3.9), Rhode Island (3.8), Illinois (3.7), and Massachusetts (3.7).

The largest increases in initial claims for the week ending January 5 were in New York (+37,189), Georgia (+15,354), North Carolina (+13,606), California (+8,691), and Texas (+8,669), while the largest decreases were in Michigan (-12,536), New Jersey (-5,530), Oregon (-5,471), Ohio (-4,915), and Kentucky (4,257).


UNEMPLOYMENT INSURANCE DATA FOR REGULAR STATE PROGRAMS


WEEK ENDING

Advance Jan. 12

Jan. 5

Change

Dec. 29

Prior Year1


Initial Claims (SA)

335,000

372,000

-37,000

367,000

364,000

Initial Claims (NSA)

555,708

553,348

+2,360

490,099

525,422

4-Wk Moving Average (SA)

359,250

366,000

-6,750

359,000

380,250

WEEK ENDING

Advance Jan. 5

Dec. 29

Change

Dec. 22

Prior Year1


Ins. Unemployment (SA)

3,214,000

3,127,000

+87,000

3,236,000

3,497,000

Ins. Unemployment (NSA)

3,850,441

3,680,374

+170,067

3,284,594

4,109,127

4-Wk Moving Average (SA)

3,195,750

3,201,750

-6,000

3,223,250

3,576,000


Ins. Unemployment Rate (SA)2

2.5%

2.4%

+0.1

2.5%

2.8%

Ins. Unemployment Rate (NSA)2

3.0%

2.9%

+0.1

2.6%

3.2%


INITIAL CLAIMS FILED IN FEDERAL PROGRAMS (UNADJUSTED)


WEEK ENDING

Jan. 5

Dec. 29

Change

Prior Year1

Federal Employees

1,756

1,134

+622

2,651

Newly Discharged Veterans

2,367

1,591

+776

2,608


PERSONS CLAIMING UI BENEFITS IN ALL PROGRAMS (UNADJUSTED)


WEEK ENDING

Dec. 29

Dec. 22

Change

Prior Year1

Regular State

3,675,261

3,279,652

+395,609

4,151,739

Federal Employees (UCFE)

22,075

20,856

+1,219

31,866

Newly Discharged Veterans (UCX)

38,692

38,205

+487

42,291

EUC 20083

2,059,438

1,991,454

+67,984

3,026,855

Extended Benefits4

1,143

1,045

+98

533,172

State Additional Benefits 5

4,185

5,412

-1,227

3,851

STC / Workshare 6

21,172

19,795

+1,377

37,072

TOTAL

5,821,966

5,356,419

+465,547

7,826,846

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 128,613,913 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 1/5/2012


STATES WITH A DECREASE OF MORE THAN 1,000 


State

Change

 

State Supplied Comment

MI

-12,536

 

Fewer layoffs in construction industry.

NJ

-5,530

 

Fewer layoffs in the educational service, construction, and manufacturing industries.

OR

-5,471

 

No comment.

OH

-4,915

 

Fewer layoffs in the manufacturing industry.

KY

-4,257

 

No comment.

WI

-4,226

 

No comment.

PA

-3,408

 

Fewer layoffs in the transportation, entertainment, lodging, food service, construction, and manufacturing industries.

IA

-2,961

 

Decline in initial claims due to decrease in temporary layoffs caused by holiday.

MA

-2,866

 

Fewer layoffs in the retail, and transporation and warehousing industries.

IL

-2,298

 

No comment.

MD

-2,044

 

No comment.

NM

-1,278

 

No comment.

VT

-1,235

 

Fewer layoffs in the manufacturing industry.

ID

-1,132

 

No comment.

NE

-1,099

 

No comment.



STATES WITH AN INCREASE OF MORE THAN 1,000 


State

Change

 

State Supplied Comment

NY

+37,189

 

Layoffs in the transporation, construction, and educational service industries.

GA

+15,354

 

Layoffs in the manufacturing, administrative and support service, construction, and healthcare industries.

NC

+13,606

 

Layoffs in the textile, business service, construction, electronic, furniture and fixtures, rubber and plastic products, lumber and wood products, transportation equipment, food services, metal, mining, service, healthcare service, engineering, accounting, research, amusement and recreation, general merchandise stores, and apparel and accessory industries.

CA

+8,691

 

Layoffs in the service industry as well as agriculture, forestry, and fishing.

TX

+8,669

 

Layoffs in the transportation and warehousing, and manufacturing industries.

SC

+8,020

 

Layoffs in the textile and manufacturing industries.

AL

+7,037

 

Increase is a result of processing claims from prior week when offices were closed due to the holiday. Majority of increase were in the transportation, textile, manufacturing, and construction industries.

TN

+4,397

 

Layoffs in the administrative and support service, textile, contractors, electrical equipment, and construction industries.

VA

+3,289

 

Layoffs in the manufacturing industry.

FL

+2,501

 

Layoffs in the construction, agriculture, trade, retail and service industries.

CT

+2,125

 

No comment.

MO

+1,739

 

Layoffs in the construction, administrative service, and retail industries.

ME

+1,594

 

Layoffs in the construction, manufacturing, and accommodation and food service industires.

CO

+1,378

 

No comment.

AZ

+1,262

 

No comment.

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UI Claims Series 1967 to current


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