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EMPLOYMENT AND TRAINING ADMINISTRATION

USDL 05-1756-NAT

 

 

 

 

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UNEMPLOYMENT INSURANCE WEEKLY CLAIMS REPORT

          SEASONALLY ADJUSTED DATA

In the week ending Sept. 17, the advance figure for seasonally adjusted initial claims was 432,000, an increase of 8,000 from the previous week's revised figure of 424,000. The 4-week moving average was 376,250, an increase of 29,000 from the previous week's revised average of 347,250.

The advance seasonally adjusted insured unemployment rate was 2.1 percent for the week ending Sept. 10, an increase of 0.1 percentage point from the prior week's unrevised rate of 2.0 percent.

The advance number for seasonally adjusted insured unemployment during the week ending Sept. 10 was 2,666,000, an increase of 88,000 from the preceding week's revised level of 2,578,000. The 4-week moving average was 2,603,000, an increase of 23,750 from the preceding week's revised average of 2,579,250.  

UNADJUSTED DATA

The advance number of actual initial claims under state programs, unadjusted, totaled 343,793 in the week ending Sept. 17, an increase of 21,699 from the previous week. There were 275,846 initial claims in the comparable week in 2004.

The advance unadjusted insured unemployment rate was 1.8 percent during the week ending Sept. 10, an increase of 0.1 percentage point from the prior week. The advance unadjusted number for persons claiming UI benefits in state programs totaled 2,319,107, an increase of 102,366 from the preceding week. A year earlier, the rate was 2.0 percent and the volume was 2,475,605.

Extended benefits were not available in any state during the week ending Sept. 3.

Initial claims for UI benefits by former Federal civilian employees totaled 1,594 in the week ending Sept. 10, an increase of 499 from the prior week. There were 1,926 initial claims by newly discharged veterans, a decrease of 244 from the preceding week.

There were 15,243 former Federal civilian employees claiming UI benefits for the week ending Sept. 3, a decrease of 1,759 from the previous week. Newly discharged veterans claiming benefits totaled 27,767, a decrease of 1,353 from the prior week.

The highest insured unemployment rates in the week ending Sept. 3 were in Puerto Rico (3.4 percent), New Jersey (2.9), Alaska (2.8), Michigan (2.7), Pennsylvania (2.7), Oregon (2.5), Massachusetts (2.3), Connecticut (2.2), New York (2.2), and Rhode Island (2.2).

The largest increases in initial claims for the week ending Sept. 10 were in Louisiana (+49,665), Mississippi (+5,177), Georgia (+3,782), Texas (+3,506), and Alabama (+2,719), while the largest decreases were in California (-2,842), Pennsylvania (-2,288), Ohio (-1,622), New Jersey (-1,537), and Iowa (-1,465).


UNEMPLOYMENT INSURANCE DATA FOR REGULAR STATE PROGRAMS


 

Advance

 

 

 

Prior1

WEEK ENDING

Sept. 17

Sept. 10

Change

Sept. 3

Year


Initial Claims (SA)

432,000

424,000

+8,000

327,000

350,000

Initial Claims (NSA)

343,793

322,094

+21,699

271,613

275,846

4-Wk Moving Average (SA)

376,250

347,250

+29,000

321,000

340,750

 

Advance

 

 

 

Prior1

WEEK ENDING

Sept. 10

Sept. 3

Change

Aug. 27

Year


Ins. Unemployment (SA)

2,666,000

2,578,000

+88,000

2,570,000

2,869,000

Ins. Unemployment (NSA)

2,319,107

2,216,741

+102,366

2,323,719

2,475,605

4-Wk Moving Average (SA)

2,603,000

2,579,250

+23,750

2,581,500

2,863,750


Ins. Unemployment Rate (SA)2

2.1%

2.0%

+0.1

2.0%

2.3%

Ins. Unemployment Rate (NSA)2

1.8%

1.7%

+0.1

1.8%

2.0%


INITIAL CLAIMS FILED IN FEDERAL PROGRAMS (UNADJUSTED)


 

 

 

 

Prior1

WEEK ENDING

Sept. 10

Sept. 3

Change

Year


Federal Employees

1,594

1,095

+499

1,336

Newly Discharged Veterans

1,926

2,170

-244

1,951


PERSONS CLAIMING UI BENEFITS IN FEDERAL PROGRAMS (UNADJUSTED)


 

 

 

 

Prior1

WEEK ENDING

Sept. 3

Aug. 27

Change

Year


Federal Employees

15,243

17,002

-1,759

16,837

Newly Discharged Veterans

27,767

29,120

-1,353

26,205

Railroad Retirement Board

2,000

2,000

0

2,000

Extended Benefits

1

1

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 127,622,590 as denominator.


UNADJUSTED INITIAL CLAIMS FOR WEEK ENDED 09/10/2005 


STATES WITH A DECREASE OF MORE THAN 1,000 


State

Change

 

State Supplied Comment

CA

-2,842

 

Fewer layoffs in the service industry.

PA

-2,288

 

Fewer layoffs in the construction, trade, service, and transportation industries.

OH

-1,622

 

No comment.

NJ

-1,537

 

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

IA

-1,465

 

No comment.

MI

-1,104

 

No comment.


STATES WITH AN INCREASE OF MORE THAN 1,000 


State

Change

 

State Supplied Comment

KY

+1,148

 

Layoffs in the manufacturing industry. An unspecified number of claims were Hurricane Katrina related.

TN

+1,416

 

Layoffs in the transportation equipment industry. An unspecified number of claims were Hurricane Katrina related.

AL

+2,719

 

Layoffs in the service industry. Most claims were Hurricane Katrina related.

TX

+3,506

 

Layoffs in the service, finance, and manufacturing industries. Most of the claims were Hurricane Katrina related.

GA

+3,782

 

Layoffs in the automobile industry. An unspecified number of claims were Hurricane Katrina related.

MS

+5,177

 

All claims were Hurricane Katrina related.

LA

+49,665

 

Most claims were Hurricane Katrina related.

State Detail Prior Week
UI Claims Series 1967 to current