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USDL 13-0147-NAT

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January 31, 2013

UNEMPLOYMENT INSURANCE WEEKLY CLAIMS REPORT

          SEASONALLY ADJUSTED DATA

In the week ending January 26, the advance figure for seasonally adjusted initial claims was 368,000, an increase of 38,000 from the previous week's unrevised figure of 330,000. The 4-week moving average was 352,000, an increase of 250 from the previous week's unrevised average of 351,750.

The advance seasonally adjusted insured unemployment rate was 2.5 percent for the week ending January 19, unchanged from the prior week's unrevised rate. The advance number for seasonally adjusted insured unemployment during the week ending January 19 was 3,197,000, an increase of 22,000 from the preceding week's revised level of 3,175,000. The 4-week moving average was 3,192,250, a decrease of 9,750 from the preceding week's revised average of 3,202,000.

UNADJUSTED DATA

The advance number of actual initial claims under state programs, unadjusted, totaled 366,596 in the week ending January 26, a decrease of 70,429 from the previous week. There were 422,287 initial claims in the comparable week in 2012.

The advance unadjusted insured unemployment rate was 2.8 percent during the week ending January 19, a decrease 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 3,656,964, a decrease of 54,066 from the preceding week. A year earlier, the rate was 3.2 percent and the volume was 4,058,236.

The total number of people claiming benefits in all programs for the week ending January 12 was 5,914,983, an increase of 255,501 from the previous week. There were 7,655,224 persons claiming benefits in all programs in the comparable week in 2012.

Extended Benefits were not available in any state during the week ending January 12.

Initial claims for UI benefits filed by former Federal civilian employees totaled 1,878 in the week ending January 19, a decrease of 476 from the prior week. There were 2,740 initial claims filed by newly discharged veterans, a decrease of 297 from the preceding week.

There were 22,900 former Federal civilian employees claiming UI benefits for the week ending January 12, an increase of 829 from the previous week. Newly discharged veterans claiming benefits totaled 40,094, a decrease of 290 from the prior week.

States reported 2,112,559 persons claiming EUC (Emergency Unemployment Compensation) benefits for the week ending January 12, an increase of 418,762 from the prior week. There were 3,007,696 persons claiming EUC in the comparable week in 2012. EUC weekly claims include first, second, third, and fourth tier activity.

The highest insured unemployment rates in the week ending January 12 were in Alaska (6.9), Pennsylvania (4.5), New Jersey (4.2), Wisconsin (4.2), Connecticut (4.1), Montana (4.1), Puerto Rico (4.1), Illinois (4.0), Rhode Island (4.0), and Oregon (3.9).

The largest increases in initial claims for the week ending January 19 were in Florida (+1,157), Arizona (+295), and Vermont (+77), while the largest decreases were in Pennsylvania (-12,625), Texas (-10,448), North Carolina (-9,287), New York (-7,379), and Indiana (-6,069).


UNEMPLOYMENT INSURANCE DATA FOR REGULAR STATE PROGRAMS


WEEK ENDING

Advance Jan. 26

Jan. 19

Change

Jan. 12

Prior Year1


Initial Claims (SA)

368,000

330,000

+38,000

335,000

381,000

Initial Claims (NSA)

366,596

437,025

-70,429

556,710

422,287

4-Wk Moving Average (SA)

352,000

351,750

+250

360,000

376,750

WEEK ENDING

Advance Jan. 19

Jan. 12

Change

Jan. 5

Prior Year1


Ins. Unemployment (SA)

3,197,000

3,175,000

+22,000

3,228,000

3,486,000

Ins. Unemployment (NSA)

3,656,964

3,711,030

-54,066

3,867,695

4,058,236

4-Wk Moving Average (SA)

3,192,250

3,202,000

-9,750

3,209,750

3,535,000


Ins. Unemployment Rate (SA)2

2.5%

2.5%

0.0

2.5%

2.8%

Ins. Unemployment Rate (NSA)2

2.8%

2.9%

-0.1

3.0%

3.2%


INITIAL CLAIMS FILED IN FEDERAL PROGRAMS (UNADJUSTED)


WEEK ENDING

Jan. 19

Jan. 12

Change

Prior Year1

Federal Employees

1,878

2,354

-476

1,663

Newly Discharged Veterans

2,740

3,037

-297

2,448


PERSONS CLAIMING UI BENEFITS IN ALL PROGRAMS (UNADJUSTED)


WEEK ENDING

Jan. 12

Jan. 5

Change

Prior Year1

Regular State

3,703,667

3,857,246

-153,579

4,060,581

Federal Employees (UCFE)

22,900

22,071

+829

30,962

Newly Discharged Veterans (UCX)

40,094

40,384

-290

42,496

EUC 20083

2,112,559

1,693,797

+418,762

3,007,696

Extended Benefits4

657

1,197

-540

474,252

State Additional Benefits 5

5,660

5,709

-49

3,851

STC / Workshare 6

29,446

39,078

-9,632

35,386

TOTAL

5,914,983

5,659,482

+255,501

7,655,224

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 1/19/2012


STATES WITH A DECREASE OF MORE THAN 1,000 


State

Change

 

State Supplied Comment

PA

-12,625

 

Fewer layoffs in construction, professional, scientific and technology, entertainment, lodging and food service, and transportation industries.

TX

-10,448

 

No comment.

NC

-9,287

 

Fewer layoffs in the textile, construction, wholesale, transportation, machinery and computer equipment, furniture and fixtures, metal, business service, building materials, hardware, garden supply, mobile home dealers, petroleum, museums, art galleries, botanical and zoological gardens, and food service industries.

NY

-7,379

 

Fewer layoffs in the construction, transportation, and manufacturing industries.

IN

-6,069

 

No comment.

GA

-6,016

 

Fewer layoffs in the manufacturing, administrative and support service, construction, and accommodation and food service industries.

MO

-5,733

 

Fewer layoffs in the manufacturing, administrative and support service, construction, and accommodation and food service industries.

MI

-5,692

 

fewer layoffs in the manufacturing industry.

NJ

-5,368

 

Fewer layoffs in the manufacturing, trade, transportation and warehousing, and accommodation and food service industries.

VA

-4,079

 

Fewer layoffs in the manufacturing, and accommodation and food service industries.

CA

-3,618

 

Fewer layoffs in the agriculture, forestry, fishing, and service industries.

AL

-3,519

 

Fewer layoffs in the transportation, administrative support, and wood product manufacturing industries.

OR

-3,302

 

No comment.

CT

-3,138

 

No comment.

SC

-3,085

 

Fewer layoffs in the manufacturing industry.

TN

-3,084

 

No comment.

WA

-2,598

 

No comment.

KY

-2,543

 

No comment.

WI

-2,085

 

No comment.

IA

-1,741

 

Fewer layoffs in the manufacturing and construction industry.

MA

-1,590

 

Fewer layoffs in the transportation, manufacturing, finance, and construction industries.

OH

-1,352

 

Fewer layoffs in the manufacturing industry.

MN

-1,333

 

No comment.

MS

-1,176

 

No comment.



STATES WITH AN INCREASE OF MORE THAN 1,000 


State

Change

 

State Supplied Comment

FL

+1,157

 

Layoffs in the construction, services, manufacturing, trade, and retail industries.

 

State Detail Prior Week
UI Claims Series 1967 to current


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