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February 20, 2014

 

 


UNEMPLOYMENT INSURANCE WEEKLY CLAIMS REPORT

          SEASONALLY ADJUSTED DATA

In the week ending February 15, the advance figure for seasonally adjusted initial claims was 336,000, a decrease of 3,000 from the previous week's unrevised figure of 339,000. The 4-week moving average was 338,500, an increase of 1,750 from the previous week's unrevised average of 336,750.

The advance seasonally adjusted insured unemployment rate was 2.3 percent for the week ending February 8, an increase of 0.1 percentage point from the prior week's revised rate. The advance number for seasonally adjusted insured unemployment during the week ending February 8 was 2,981,000, an increase of 37,000 from the preceding week's revised level of 2,944,000. The 4-week moving average was 2,959,750, a decrease of 6,500 from the preceding week's revised average of 2,966,250.

UNADJUSTED DATA

The advance number of actual initial claims under state programs, unadjusted, totaled 323,151 in the week ending February 15, a decrease of 35,008 from the previous week. There were 351,026 initial claims in the comparable week in 2013.

The advance unadjusted insured unemployment rate was 2.6 percent during the week ending February 8, unchanged from the prior week. The advance unadjusted number for persons claiming UI benefits in state programs totaled 3,440,333, a decrease of 12,426 from the preceding week. A year earlier, the rate was 2.9 percent and the volume was 3,668,711.

The total number of people claiming benefits in all programs for the week ending February 1 was 3,525,006, an increase of 7,100 from the previous week. There were 5,581,677 persons claiming benefits in all programs in the comparable week in 2013.

No state was triggered "on" the Extended Benefits program during the week ending February 1.

Initial claims for UI benefits filed by former Federal civilian employees totaled 1,198 in the week ending February 8, a decrease of 176 from the prior week. There were 2,108 initial claims filed by newly discharged veterans, an increase of 192 from the preceding week.

There were 21,505 former Federal civilian employees claiming UI benefits for the week ending February 1, a decrease of 1,568 from the previous week. Newly discharged veterans claiming benefits totaled 29,681, a decrease of 958 from the prior week.

The highest insured unemployment rates in the week ending February 1 were in Alaska (5.8), Pennsylvania (4.2), Rhode Island (4.0), Connecticut (3.9), New Jersey (3.9), Wisconsin (3.8), California (3.7), Montana (3.7), Illinois (3.6), Puerto Rico (3.5), West Virginia (3.5), and Massachusetts (3.4).

The largest increases in initial claims for the week ending February 8 were in Georgia (+7,229), North Carolina (+1,347), South Carolina (+1,292), Alabama (+1,191), and California (+1,145), while the largest decreases were in New York (-2,721), Ohio (-2,348), New Jersey (-2,035), Connecticut (-1,149), and New Hampshire (-1,146).

UNEMPLOYMENT INSURANCE DATA FOR REGULAR STATE PROGRAMS


WEEK ENDING

Advance February 15

February 8

Change

February 1

Prior Year1


Initial Claims (SA)

336,000

339,000

-3,000

331,000

366,000

Initial Claims (NSA)

323,151

358,159

-35,008

355,186

351,026

4-Wk Moving Average (SA)

338,500

336,750

+1,750

333,250

362,250

WEEK ENDING

Advance February 8

February 1

Change

January 25

Prior Year1


Ins. Unemployment (SA)

2,981,000

2,944,000

+37,000

2,966,000

3,163,000

Ins. Unemployment (NSA)

3,440,333

3,452,759

-12,426

3,443,443

3,668,711

4-Wk Moving Average (SA)

2,959,750

2,966,250

-6,500

2,985,750

3,182,250


Ins. Unemployment Rate (SA)2

2.3%

2.2%

+0.1

2.3%

2.5%

Ins. Unemployment Rate (NSA)2

2.6%

2.6%

0.0

2.6%

2.9%


INITIAL CLAIMS FILED IN FEDERAL PROGRAMS (UNADJUSTED)


WEEK ENDING

February 8

February 1

Change

Prior Year1

Federal Employees

1,198

1,374

-176

1,419

Newly Discharged Veterans

2,108

1,916

+192

2,524


PERSONS CLAIMING UI BENEFITS IN ALL PROGRAMS (UNADJUSTED)


WEEK ENDING

February 1

January 25

Change

Prior Year1

Regular State

3,447,377

3,438,666

+8,711

3,658,720

Federal Employees (UCFE)

21,505

23,073

-1,568

22,279

Newly Discharged Veterans (UCX)

29,681

30,639

-958

39,610

Extended Benefits3

79

51

+28

1,000

State Additional Benefits 4

9,188

8,427

+761

6,868

STC / Workshare 5

17,176

17,050

+126

34,144

STC / TOTAL6

3,525,006

3,517,906

+7,100

5,581,677


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 130,938,360 as denominator.

3 - Information on the EB program can be found here: http://www.ows.doleta.gov/unemploy/extenben.asp
4 - 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
5 - 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
6Prior year total includes EUCclaimants.

UNADJUSTED INITIAL CLAIMS FOR WEEK ENDED FEBRUARY 8, 2014


STATES WITH A DECREASE OF MORE THAN 1,000 

State

Change

 

State Supplied Comment

NY

-2,721

Fewer layoffs in the construction, manufacturing, and retail trade industries.

OH

-2,348

Fewer layoffs in the manufacturing industry.

NJ

-2,035

Fewer layoffs in the construction, adminstrative support services, health care and social assistance, manufacturing, and nonclassifiable industires.

CT

-1,149

No comment.

NH

-1,146

No comment.

PA

-1,117

Fewer layoffs in the construction, retail trade, and adminstrative and support services industries.


STATES WITH AN INCREASE OF MORE THAN 1,000 


State

Change

 

State Supplied Comment

GA

+7,229

 

Layoffs in the manufacturing, construction, adminstrative and support services, trade, and health care and social assistance industries.

NC

+1,347

 

Layoffs in the nonclassifiable and business service industries.

SC

+1,292

 

Layoffs in the manufacturing industry.

AL

+1,191

 

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

CA

+1,145

 

No comment.

KS

+1,035

 

No comment.

WA

+1,019

 

Layoffs in the agriculture, forestry, fishing, hunting, construction, and information industries.

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