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October 31 , 2013

 

 


UNEMPLOYMENT INSURANCE WEEKLY CLAIMS REPORT

          SEASONALLY ADJUSTED DATA

In the week ending October 26, the advance figure for seasonally adjusted initial claims was 340,000, a decrease of 10,000 from the previous week's unrevised figure of 350,000. The 4-week moving average was 356,250, an increase of 8,000 from the previous week's unrevised average of 348,250.

The advance seasonally adjusted insured unemployment rate was 2.2 percent for the week ending October 19, unchanged from the prior week's unrevised rate. The advance number for seasonally adjusted insured unemployment during the week ending October 19 was 2,881,000, an increase of 31,000 from the preceding week's revised level of 2,850,000. The 4-week moving average was 2,878,750, a decrease of 10,000 from the preceding week's revised average of 2,888,750.

UNADJUSTED DATA

The advance number of actual initial claims under state programs, unadjusted, totaled 317,580 in the week ending October 26, an increase of 6,064 from the previous week. There were 339,917 initial claims in the comparable week in 2012.

The advance unadjusted insured unemployment rate was 1.9 percent during the week ending October 19, unchanged from the prior week. The advance unadjusted number for persons claiming UI benefits in state programs totaled 2,523,509, an increase of 72,113 from the preceding week. A year earlier, the rate was 2.2 percent and the volume was 2,837,543.

The total number of people claiming benefits in all programs for the week ending October 12 was 3,896,214, an increase of 39,532 from the previous week. There were 5,035,367 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 October 12.

Initial claims for UI benefits filed by former Federal civilian employees totaled 14,423 in the week ending October 19, a decrease of 29,713 from the prior week. There were 2,154 initial claims filed by newly discharged veterans, a decrease of 837 from the preceding week.

There were 77,551 former Federal civilian employees claiming UI benefits for the week ending October 12, an increase of 32,741 from the previous week. Newly discharged veterans claiming benefits totaled 32,106, an increase of 959 from the prior week.

States reported 1,318,237 persons claiming Emergency Unemployment Compensation (EUC) benefits for the week ending October 12, a decrease of 6,730 from the prior week. There were 2,098,646 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 19 were in Puerto Rico (4.4), Alaska (3.9), Virgin Islands (3.4), New Jersey (2.9), California (2.7), Connecticut (2.7), District of Columbia (2.6), Pennsylvania (2.5), Nevada (2.4), Illinois (2.3), New York (2.3), and Oregon (2.3).

The largest increases in initial claims for the week ending October 19 were in Kentucky (+96), Maine (+49), Delaware (+45), Minnesota (+39), and North Dakota (+32), while the largest decreases were in California (-13,033), Pennsylvania (-3,240), Maryland (-3,222), Illinois (-2,897), and New York (-2,810).

UNEMPLOYMENT INSURANCE DATA FOR REGULAR STATE PROGRAMS


WEEK ENDING

Advance October 26

October 19

Change

October 12

Prior Year1


Initial Claims (SA)

340,000

350,000

-10,000

362,000

367,000

Initial Claims (NSA)

317,580

311,516

+6,064

360,714

339,917

4-Wk Moving Average (SA)

356,250

348,250

+8,000

337,500

368,750

WEEK ENDING

Advance October 19

October 12

Change

October 5

Prior Year1


Ins. Unemployment (SA)

2,881,000

2,850,000

+31,000

2,882,000

3,247,000

Ins. Unemployment (NSA)

2,523,509

2,451,396

+72,113

2,438,251

2,837,543

4-Wk Moving Average (SA)

2,878,750

2,888,750

-10,000

2,881,500

3,256,500


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 19

October 12

Change

Prior Year1

Federal Employees

14,423

44,136

-29,713

1,586

Newly Discharged Veterans

2,154

2,991

-837

2,817


PERSONS CLAIMING UI BENEFITS IN ALL PROGRAMS (UNADJUSTED)


WEEK ENDING

October 12

October 5

Change

Prior Year1

Regular State

2,444,712

2,432,733

+11,979

2,807,582

Federal Employees (UCFE)

77,551

44,810

+32,741

18,144

Newly Discharged Veterans (UCX)

32,106

31,147

+959

39,718

EUC 20083

1,318,237

1,324,967

-6,730

2,098,646

Extended Benefits4

245

174

+71

35,741

State Additional Benefits 5

3,394

4,531

-1,137

5,841

STC / Workshare 6

19,969

18,320

+1,649

29,695

TOTAL

3,896,214

3,856,682

+39,532

5,035,367


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 19, 2013


STATES WITH A DECREASE OF MORE THAN 1,000 


State

Change

 

State Supplied Comment

CA

-13,033

 

Fewer layoffs in the service, wholesale trade, and retail trade industries.

PA

-3,240

 

Fewer layoffs in the professional, scientific and technical service, construction, healthcare and social service, and retail trade industries.

MD

-3,222

 

No comment.

IL

-2,897

 

No comment.

NY

-2,810

 

No comment.

NJ

-2,118

 

Fewer layoffs in the manufacturing, accommodation and food service, professional and technical service, trade, and construction industries.

VA

-1,778

 

Fewer layoffs in the administrative and support service, and professional, scientific and technical service industries.

GA

-1,395

 

Fewer layoffs in the manufacturing, administrative and support service, healthcare and social assistance, and construction industries.

AZ

-1,275

 

No comment.

OH

-1,115

 

Fewer layoffs in the manufacturing industry.

FL

-1,053

 

Fewer layoffs in the construction industry.

MI

-1,030

 

No comment.

WA

-1,001

 

No comment.


STATES WITH AN INCREASE OF MORE THAN 1,000 


State

Change

 

State Supplied Comment

None

 

 

 

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