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December 19, 2013

 

 

UNEMPLOYMENT INSURANCE WEEKLY CLAIMS REPORT

          SEASONALLY ADJUSTED DATA

In the week ending December 14, the advance figure for seasonally adjusted initial claims was 379,000, an increase of 10,000 from the previous week's figure of 369,000. The 4-week moving average was 343,500, an increase of 13,250 from the previous week's revised average of 330,250.

The advance seasonally adjusted insured unemployment rate was 2.2 percent for the week ending December 7, 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 December 7 was 2,884,000, an increase of 94,000 from the preceding week's revised level of 2,790,000. The 4-week moving average was 2,799,000, an increase of 4,250 from the preceding week's revised average of 2,794,750.

UNADJUSTED DATA

The advance number of actual initial claims under state programs, unadjusted, totaled 414,002 in the week ending December 14, a decrease of 48,196 from the previous week. There were 401,429 initial claims in the comparable week in 2012.

The advance unadjusted insured unemployment rate was 2.2 percent during the week ending December 7, a decrease of 0.1 percentage point from the prior week. The advance unadjusted number for persons claiming UI benefits in state programs totaled 2,878,730, a decrease of 81,111 from the preceding week. A year earlier, the rate was 2.5 percent and the volume was 3,244,564.

The total number of people claiming benefits in all programs for the week ending November 30 was 4,412,144, an increase of 606,051 from the previous week. There were 5,402,429 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 November 30.

Initial claims for UI benefits filed by former Federal civilian employees totaled 2,175 in the week ending December 7, an increase of 667 from the prior week. There were 2,356 initial claims filed by newly discharged veterans, an increase of 970 from the preceding week.

There were 22,439 former Federal civilian employees claiming UI benefits for the week ending November 30, an increase of 4,215 from the previous week. Newly discharged veterans claiming benefits totaled 32,937, an increase of 3,837 from the prior week.

States reported 1,374,031 persons claiming Emergency Unemployment Compensation (EUC) benefits for the week ending November 30, an increase of 125,099 from the prior week. There were 2,096,545 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 December 7 were in Alaska (6.0), Puerto Rico (3.6), New Jersey (3.5), California (3.4), Connecticut (3.1), Pennsylvania (3.1), West Virginia (3.0), Wisconsin (3.0), Montana (2.9), and Oregon (2.9).

The largest increases in initial claims for the week ending December 7 were in California (+21,876), New York (+14,322), Pennsylvania (+14,004), Georgia (+11,582), and Texas (+9,761), while the largest decreases were in Ohio (-1,095), Kentucky (-838), Vermont (-400), Massachusetts (-317), and New Mexico (-176).

UNEMPLOYMENT INSURANCE DATA FOR REGULAR STATE PROGRAMS


WEEK ENDING

Advance Dec. 14

Dec. 7

Change

Nov. 30

Prior Year1


Initial Claims (SA)

379,000

369,000

+10,000

305,000

366,000

Initial Claims (NSA)

414,002

462,198

-48,196

321,269

401,429

4-Wk Moving Average (SA)

343,500

330,250

+13,250

324,000

370,000

WEEK ENDING

Advance Dec. 7

Nov. 30

Change

Nov. 23

Prior Year1


Ins. Unemployment (SA)

2,884,000

2,790,000

+94,000

2,757,000

3,225,000

Ins. Unemployment (NSA)

2,878,730

2,959,841

-81,111

2,491,993

3,244,564

4-Wk Moving Average (SA)

2,799,000

2,794,750

+4,250

2,799,750

3,230,500


Ins. Unemployment Rate (SA)2 2.2% 2.1% +0.1 2.1% 2.5%

Ins. Unemployment Rate (NSA)2

2.2%

2.3%

-0.1

1.9%

2.5%


INITIAL CLAIMS FILED IN FEDERAL PROGRAMS (UNADJUSTED)


WEEK ENDING

Dec. 7

Nov. 30

Change

Prior Year1

Federal Employees

2,175

1,508

+667

2,054

Newly Discharged Veterans

2,356

1,386

+970

2,831


PERSONS CLAIMING UI BENEFITS IN ALL PROGRAMS (UNADJUSTED)


WEEK ENDING

Nov. 30

Nov. 23

Change

Prior Year1

Regular State

2,952,897

2,487,203

+465,694

3,167,295

Federal Employees (UCFE)

22,439

18,224

+4,215

21,340

Newly Discharged Veterans (UCX)

32,937

29,100

+3,837

39,480

EUC 20083

1,374,031

1,248,932

+125,099

2,096,545

Extended Benefits4

186

209

-23

43,844

State Additional Benefits 5

4,567

4,321

+246

6,266

STC / Workshare 6

25,087

18,104

+6,983

27,659

TOTAL

4,412,144

3,806,093

+606,051

5,402,429


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 DECEMBER 7, 2013



STATES WITH A DECREASE OF MORE THAN 1,000 


State

Change

 

State Supplied Comment

OH

-1,095

 

No comment.


STATES WITH AN INCREASE OF MORE THAN 1,000 


State

Change

 

State Supplied Comment

CA

+21,876

 

Layoffs in the service and manufacturing industries.

NY

+14,322

 

Layoffs in the construction, transportation and warehousing, and food service industries.

PA

+14,004

 

Layoffs in the construction, transportation, and administrative and support service industries.

GA

+11,582

 

Layoffs in the manufacturing, construction, administrative and support, and accommodation and food services industries.

TX

+9,761

 

No comment.

SC

+5,311

 

Layoffs in the textile and manufacturing industries.

IL

+5,281

 

Layoffs in the construction, administrative support service, and trade industries.

FL

+4,521

 

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

WA

+4,383

 

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

TN

+4,203

 

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

NC

+4,018

 

Layoffs in the nonclassifiable establishments, business service, accommodations and food service, construction,and transportation and warehousing industries.

AL

+3,869

 

Layoffs in the construction, administrative, support, waste management and remediation services, and manufacturing industries.

MI

+3,824

 

Layoffs in the administrative, support, waste management and remediation services industry.

MO

+3,481

 

Layoffs in the construction, manufacturing, and administrative services industries.

VA

+3,115

 

Layoffs in the manufacturing industry.

MN

+3,101

 

No comment.

CT

+1,866

 

No comment.

CO

+1,829

 

No comment.

UT

+1,619

 

No comment.

WI

+1,606

 

No comment.

WV

+1,560

 

Layoffs in the agriculture, forestry, fishing, mining, construction, manufacturing, wholesale trade, retail trade, transportation and warehousing, professional, scientific, and technical services, management of companies and enterprises, and administrative, support, waste management and remediation services industries.

AZ

+1,526

 

No comment.

NJ

+1,449

 

Layoffs in the trade, finance, and administrative, support, waste management and remediation services industries.

IA

+1,387

 

Layoffs in the construction industry.

LA

+1,309

 

No comment.

IN

+1,191

 

Layoffs in the construction industry.

MT

+1,091

 

No comment.

NV

+1,086

 

No comment.

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