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Secretary of Labor Thomas E. Perez

U.S. DEPARTMENT OF LABOR

Employment and Training Administration

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UNEMPLOYMENT INSURANCE WEEKLY CLAIMS REPORT

SEASONALLY ADJUSTED DATA

In the week ending Sept. 22, the advance figure for seasonally adjusted initial claims was 450,000, an increase of  58,000 from the previous week's revised figure of 392,000. The 4-week moving average was 422,000, an increase of  11,750 from the previous week's revised average of 410,250.

The advance seasonally adjusted insured unemployment rate was 2.6 percent for the week ending Sept. 15, an increase of  0.1 percentage point  from the prior week's unrevised rate of 2.5 percent.

The advance number for seasonally adjusted insured unemployment during the week ending Sept. 15 was 3,298,000, an increase of 68,000 from the preceding week's revised level of 3,230,000. The 4-week moving average was 3,262,250, an increase of 36,000 from the preceding week's revised average of 3,226,250.
 

UNADJUSTED DATA

The advance number of actual initial claims under state programs, unadjusted, totaled 348,408 in the week ending Sept. 22, an increase of  31,382 from the previous week. There were 222,451 initial claims in the comparable week in 2000.

The advance unadjusted insured unemployment rate was 2.1 percent during the week ending Sept. 15, a decrease of 0.1 percentage point from the prior week. The advance unadjusted number for persons claiming UI benefits in state programs totaled 2,720,525, a decrease of  76,761 from the preceding week. A year earlier, the rate was 1.4 percent and the volume was 1,759,210.  

Extended benefits were not available in any state during the week ending Sept. 8.

Initial claims for UI benefits by former Federal civilian employees totaled 1,334 in the week ending Sept. 15, an increase of 239 from the prior week. There were 1,239 initial claims by newly discharged veterans, a decrease of 13 from the preceding week.

There were 15,608 former Federal civilian employees claiming UI benefits for the week ending Sept. 8, an increase of 1,452 from the previous week. Newly discharged veterans claiming benefits totaled 14,202, an increase of 151 from the prior week.

The highest insured unemployment rates in the week ending Sept. 8 were in Puerto Rico (6.2 percent), Oregon (3.5), Washington (3.1), California (3.0), Massachusetts (3.0), New Jersey (2.9), Pennsylvania (2.9), Alaska (2.8), Arkansas (2.8), Rhode Island (2.6), and South Carolina (2.6).

The largest increases in initial claims for the week ending Sept. 15 were in North Carolina (+7,361), Alabama (+2,384), Virginia (+2,295), South Carolina (+2,281), and Iowa (+1,888), while the largest decreases were in Texas (-3,856), Ohio (-2,147), Michigan (-2,098), Kentucky (-1,876), and Pennsylvania (-1,807).


UNEMPLOYMENT INSURANCE DATA FOR REGULAR STATE PROGRAMS


Advance Prior1
WEEK ENDING Sept. 22 Sept. 15 Change Sept. 8 Year

Initial Claims (SA) 450,000 392,000 +58,000 436,000 291,000
Initial Claims (NSA) 348,408 317,026 +31,382 309,567 222,451
4-Wk Moving Average (SA) 422,000 410,250 +11,750 412,250 309,000
Advance Prior1
WEEK ENDING Sept.  15 Sept. 8 Change Sept. 1 Year

Ins. Unemployment (SA) 3,298,000 3,230,000 +68,000 3,330,000 2,166,000
Ins. Unemployment (NSA) 2,720,525 2,797,286 -76,761 2,740,781 1,759,210
4-Wk Moving Average (SA) 3,262,250 3,226,250 +36,000 3,208,500 2,183,500

Ins. Unemployment Rate (SA)2 2.6% 2.5% +0.1 2.6% 1.7%
Ins. Unemployment Rate (NSA)2 2.1% 2.2% -0.1 2.1% 1.4%

INITIAL CLAIMS FILED IN FEDERAL PROGRAMS (UNADJUSTED)

       
Prior1
WEEK ENDING

Sept. 15 

Sept. 8 

Change
Year

Federal Employees 1,334 1,095 +239 2,238
Newly Discharged Veterans 1,239 1,252 -13 1,139

PERSONS CLAIMING UI BENEFITS IN FEDERAL PROGRAMS (UNADJUSTED)

Prior1
WEEK ENDING

Sept. 8  

Sept. 1 

Change
Year

Federal Employees 15,608 14,156 +1,452 19,796
Newly Discharged Veterans 14,202 14,051 +151 12,566
Railroad Retirement Board 3,000 3,000 0 3,000
Extended Benefits 0 0 0 0

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 128,116,562 as denominator.

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UNADJUSTED INITIAL CLAIMS FOR WEEK ENDED 09/15/2001


STATES WITH A DECREASE OF MORE THAN 1,000


State Change State Supplied Comment
TX -3,856 Fewer layoffs in the trade and electrical equipment industries.
OH -2,147 No comment.
MI -2,098 Fewer layoffs in the automobile industry.
KY -1,876 No comment.
PA -1,807 Fewer layoffs in the food, furniture, stone/clay/glass, primary metals, fabricated metals, electrical equipment, and transportation industries. 
MA -1,618 No comment.

STATES WITH AN INCREASE OF MORE THAN 1,000


MS +1,099 Layoffs in the furniture, primary metals, electrical equipment, and transportation equipment industries. 
OK +1,277 No comment.
GA +1,322 Layoffs in the carpets/rugs industry.
IA +1,888 Layoffs in the trade industry.
SC +2,281 Layoffs in the textile industry.
VA +2,295 Layoffs in the textile, furniture, and non-electrical machinery industries.
AL +2,384 Layoffs in the trade and rubber/plastics industries.
NC +7,361 Layoffs in the textile, apparel, furniture, and stone/clay/glass industries.

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