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EMPLOYMENT AND TRAINING ADMINISTRATION

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October 17 , 2013

 

 

UNEMPLOYMENT INSURANCE WEEKLY CLAIMS REPORT

SEASONALLY ADJUSTED DATA

In the week ending October 12, the advance figure for seasonally adjusted initial claims was 358,000, a decrease of 15,000 from the previous week's revised figure of 373,000. The 4-week moving average was 336,500, an increase of 11,750 from the previous week's revised average of 324,750.

The advance seasonally adjusted insured unemployment rate was 2.2 percent for the week ending October 5, unchanged from the prior week's unrevised rate. The advance number for seasonally adjusted insured unemployment during the week ending October 5 was 2,859,000, a decrease of 43,000 from the preceding week's revised level of 2,902,000. The 4-week moving average was 2,875,750, an increase of 17,750 from the preceding week's revised average of 2,858,000.

UNADJUSTED DATA

The advance number of actual initial claims under state programs, unadjusted, totaled 357,041 in the week ending October 12, an increase of 20,902 from the previous week. There were 362,730 initial claims in the comparable week in 2012.

The advance unadjusted insured unemployment rate was 1.9 percent during the week ending October 5, unchanged from the prior week. The advance unadjusted number for persons claiming UI benefits in state programs totaled 2,418,329, a decrease of 56,979 from the preceding week. A year earlier, the rate was 2.2 percent and the volume was 2,753,759.

The total number of people claiming benefits in all programs for the week ending September 28 was 3,928,697, a decrease of 82,725 from the previous week. There were 5,001,985 persons claiming benefits in all programs in the comparable week in 2012.

No state was triggered "on" the Extended Benefits program during the week ending September 28.

As a result of the lapse in federal appropriations, initial claims for UI benefits filed by former Federal civilian employees (UCFE) totaled 70,068 in the week ending October 5, an increase of 68,677 from the prior week. The states with the highest number of UCFE claims were Maryland (17,368), Texas (7,191), Pennsylvania (4,416), Utah (3,978) and Washington (3,380). There were 3,382 initial claims filed by newly discharged veterans, an increase of 1,285 from the preceding week.

There were 19,586 former Federal civilian employees claiming UI benefits for the week ending September 28, a decrease of 334 from the previous week. Newly discharged veterans claiming benefits totaled 34,934, an increase of 3,293 from the prior week.

States reported 1,379,118 persons claiming Emergency Unemployment Compensation (EUC) benefits for the week ending September 28, a decrease of 46,366 from the prior week. There were 2,098,793 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 October 5 were in Puerto Rico (3.9), Alaska (3.5), Virgin Islands (3.4), New Jersey (3.0), California (2.9), Connecticut (2.7), Pennsylvania (2.6), Illinois (2.3), Nevada (2.3), New York (2.3), and Oregon (2.3).

The largest increases in initial claims for the week ending October 5 were in California (+33,654), Maryland (+4,609), Ohio (+4,122), Michigan (+4,066), and Virginia (+3,927), while the largest decreases were in Oregon (-149), Puerto Rico (-77), Missouri (-50) and Nebraska (-26).


UNEMPLOYMENT INSURANCE DATA FOR REGULAR STATE PROGRAMS


WEEK ENDING

Advance October 12

October 5

Change

September 28

Prior Year1


Initial Claims (SA)

358,000

373,000

-15,000

308,000

384,000

Initial Claims (NSA)

357,041

336,139

+20,902

252,229

362,730

4-Wk Moving Average (SA)

336,500

324,750

+11,750

305,000

367,750

WEEK ENDING

Advance October 5

September 28

Change

September 21

Prior Year1


Ins. Unemployment (SA)

2,859,000

2,902,000

-43,000

2,921,000

3,251,000

Ins. Unemployment (NSA)

2,418,329

2,475,308

-56,979

2,514,564

2,753,759

4-Wk Moving Average (SA)

2,875,750

2,858,000

+17,750

2,836,250

3,268,750


Ins. Unemployment Rate (SA)2

2.2%

2.2%

0.0

2.2%

2.5%

Ins. Unemployment Rate (NSA)2

1.9%

1.9%

0.0

1.9%

2.2%


INITIAL CLAIMS FILED IN FEDERAL PROGRAMS (UNADJUSTED)


WEEK ENDING

October 5

September 28

Change

Prior Year1

Federal Employees

70,068

1,391

+68,677

1,942

Newly Discharged Veterans

3,382

2,097

+1,285

3,462


PERSONS CLAIMING UI BENEFITS IN ALL PROGRAMS (UNADJUSTED)


WEEK ENDING

September 28

September 21

Change

Prior Year1

Regular State

2,470,047

2,508,822

-38,775

2,777,728

Federal Employees (UCFE)

19,586

19,920

-334

16,879

Newly Discharged Veterans (UCX)

34,934

31,641

+3,293

38,462

EUC 20083

1,379,118

1,425,484

-46,366

2,098,793

Extended Benefits4

204

262

-58

35,245

State Additional Benefits 5

5,053

4,880

+173

6,313

STC / Workshare 6

19,755

20,413

-658

28,565

TOTAL

3,928,697

4,011,422

-82,725

5,001,985


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 130,396,096 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 OCTOBER 5, 2013


STATES WITH A DECREASE OF MORE THAN 1,000 


State

Change

 

State Supplied Comment

None

 

 

 


STATES WITH AN INCREASE OF MORE THAN 1,000 


State

Change

 

State Supplied Comment

CA

+33,654

 

Increase reflects backlog of claims which could not be processed previously.

MD

+4,409

 

No comment.

OH

+4,122

 

Layoffs in manufacturing.

MI

+4,066

 

Increase reflects return to full processing after computer system implementation.

VA

+3,927

 

Layoffs in professional and technical services.

WA

+2,358

 

Layoffs in public administration, arts, entertainment and recreation, and professional, scientific and technical service industries.

NY

+2,136

 

Layoffs in the public administration, real estate and rental and leasing, and manufacturing industries..

KY

+2,120

 

No comment.

MN

+1,939

 

Layoffs in public administration.

MA

+1,904

 

Layoffs in the trade, health care and social service, and manufacturing industries.

AR

+1,834

 

No comment.

GA

+1,598

 

Layoffs in the administration and support and manufacturing industries.

HI

+1,508

 

No comment.

AZ

+1,467

 

No comment.

TX

+1,425

 

Layoffs in the support services, finance, health care and social assistance industries, and manufacturing.

FL

+1,393

 

Layoffs in the construction, trade, service and manufacturing industries.

PA

+1,032

 

Layoffs in the construction, retail trade, and finance and insurance industries.

MT

+1,019

 

Increase due to seasonal layoffs.

NJ

+1,004

 

Layoffs in the service and manufacturing industries.


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